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Breaking new ground, with Swinton’s jean-clad lady of the manor

Visitors to the grand, Downton-style Swinton Hall castle hotel would be hard pushed to identify the “Lady” behind it all, even though she is ever present. Felicity Cunliffe-Lister, whose formal title is Lady Masham, is usually make-up free and dressed down in jeans, a jumper and flat boots – perfect attire for dashing about and getting stuck in, which she does a lot of.

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Storm Doris video: Woman dies as Yorkshire shelters from ‘weather bomb’

YORKSHIRE was in the eye of Storm Doris today, with warnings of travel disruption, damage to buildings and flying debris across the county.

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Photo by Adam Butler/PA.

‘Goodbye’ to a divided nation: The week that was February 21 to 27, 1997.

In a speech which turned out to be brimming with optimism, but based on very little fact, Prime Minister John Major announced this week that Britain was “waving goodbye to the North-South divide”.

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Bob Smith, Collections Photographer for English Heritage, looks at the 13th century stained glass which shows a red cockerel. The glass was found during excavations at Rievaulx Abbey near Helmsley in North Yorkshire and is thought to have come from one of the abbey's east end windows, pictured.   oct 7 2003

Nostalgia on Tuesday: End of a chapter

Standing in the Rievaulx Abbey chapter house one cold Sunday afternoon in January, I felt overwhelmed by the tragic history associated with such a small room.

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Yorkshire enjoyed some mild weather at the weekend, but things will turn colder as this week progresses... with the chance of some snow on Thursday.

Yorkshire weather: Winter set to return with high winds, cold temperatures and even snow across the county

JUST when we were starting to enjoy the warmer Spring-like weather it seems that Yorkshire will once again return to the grips of Winter this week.

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Inside Bradford's historic Alhambra Theatre. PIC: Simon Hulme

If all the world’s a stage then Bradford’s Alhambra truly is a palace

This great county of ours has produced some true titans of the stage down the years including the likes of Dame Judi Dench, Dame Diana Rigg and Sir Ben Kingsley.

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Actress Natalie Gavin in rehearsals for Pygmalion.

My Yorkshire: Actress Natalie Gavin on her favourite people and places

Born near Huddersfield, actress Natalie Gavin made her professional debut in Shameless. She is currently appearing as Eliza Doolittle in George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion.

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Dr. Anwen Caffell and colleague Rebecca Gowland examining a cranium from Fewston at Durham University.

Valley of the dead... Mick Jagger and the Victorian remains

The little parish church of St Michael and St Lawrence is a picture of serenity tucked away among trees in the Washburn Valley to the west of Harrogate, and those who discover it are apt to use the words “hidden gem”. Just a few cottages remain of its nearest village, Fewston, because most of the congregation was displaced in the 1870s when the Leeds Waterworks Company flooded the valley to supply the city’s taps.

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David Hockney in his home city of Bradford, February 1970

So, just who is the real David Hockney?

There’s a story Christopher Simon Sykes likes to tell about David Hockney. It was the early 1960s and, having just graduated from the Royal College of Art, he moved into a new flat where the bedroom also doubled as his studio. At the end of the small bed, which was squeezed into a corner, was a chest of drawers. “David painted a message rather carefully on the chest of drawers,” says Sykes, who secured unprecedented access to Hockney’s archive, notebooks and paintings to write a two-volume biography of the Bradford-born artist. “It said in large capital letters GET UP AND WORK IMMEDIATELY. As he said: ‘The first thing I saw every morning when I woke up was the sign, and not only did I read the sign but I remembered that I had wasted two hours painting it, so I jumped out of bed’.”

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Commemorated in clay

Fired up females with feet (and hands) of clay

The decorative plate depicting punk singer Vi Subversa in clashing red, green and orange looks suitably kick-ass, especially compared with her more serious neighbour Emmeline Pankhurst, also celebrated in ceramic alongside an elegant bust of Jane Austen. They are a mixed bunch, which is exactly what Katch Skinner wanted when she asked family, friends and Facebook followers which great British women she should commemorate in clay.

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Blacksmiths at Thornton-le-Clay, near York, 17th February 1965

Blacksmiths and enemy aircraft pictures found in the archives

A German Heinkel III which was the first enemy aircraft to be shot down over England, near Whitby, in 1940 and blacksmiths at Thornton-le-Clay, near York, in 1965 are among the pictures from this week’s look into The Yorkshire Post picture archives.

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What will the weather be like in Yorkshire today?

Yorkshire weather: Murky start with possibility of some showers

TEMPERATURES continue to remain in double figures across Yorkshire, but forecasters say there is a threat of rain over the coming few days.

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Yorkshire weather: Temperatures continue to climb across the county

Temperatures could make their way into double figures this week... but the warmer weather is likely to bring rain with it.

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Snow fell across Yorkshire at the weekend.

Yorkshire weather: Temperatures set to warm up as county escapes big freeze

SPRING may just be in the air over the coming few days as Yorkshire finally escapes the clutches of a freezing winter.

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Lucienne Day with her 1990 Aspects of the Sun silk mosaic wall hagning, made for the new John Lewis store at Kingston. It is still on display.

Material girl: Celebrating a century of Lucienne Day

As a young, unknown designer, Lucienne Day, marched into Manchester textile mills and touted for business strictly on her terms with the male-dominated hierarchy. It was a gutsy approach in the undeniably sexist 1940s but then Désirée Lucienne Lisbeth Dulcie Day, née Conradi, was always courageous and unconventional. Evidence of this is clear from her designs. Even now, her ground-breaking Calyx fabric, which featured at the Festival of Britain in 1951, looks bold, fresh and exciting.

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Tony Wright is best known as the frontman for Terrorvision.

Typefaces, teacups and Terrovision

Tony Wright points to the black and white pressed street sign fixed to the wall on the corner of the building. “The name was already there in front of us,” he says of Otley’s newest cafe. “Bloomfield Square. It’s up there, bold as brass, well aluminium actually.” Tony came to the skinny latte trade a little late. He is a printer by trade, but is perhaps better known to many as the frontman of the Bradford-based band Terrorvision, who had a string of hits back in the 90s.

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Looking up the Aire Valley from the route to Rodley Nature Reserve

Weekend Walk: Kirkstall Forge & Bramley Fall Wood

The new Kirkstall Forge station was opened in June 2016 (there was a previous station here from 1860-1905), and being about eight minutes from the centre of Leeds it provides an excellent way to quickly access some remarkably good countryside.

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Natalie Stapleton at McNair. Picture: With Love Project

The inside story on the shirt it took a town to make

Archimedes famously had his Eureka moment in the bath. Richard Hamshire has his on a French ski slope looking at an old pair of gloves.

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BBC Radio Sheffield presenter Paulette Edwards. Picture by Claire Wood.

My Yorkshire: Radio presenter Paulette Edwards picks her favourite people and places

BBC Radio Sheffield presenter, Paulette Edwards, has been on air since 2007. Born in Sheffield to Jamaican parents, the former teacher started her working life in radio running the station’s reception.

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Yorkshire snow: County braced for weekend of freezing temperatures and wintry showers

WEATHER warnings have been issued across Yorkshire as the county prepares for a weekend lashed by icy winds and snow.

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