I remember my parents telling me that – ‘You were born in Yorkshire not in England.’ Rather sums up many of the views round here. We like to call it the People’s Republic of The White Rose. Surely it’s time for our county and our neighbours Lancashire to put two fingers up to Johnson in London.

So if Yorkshire did go it’s own way what could the world expect. Apart from weaponised Rhubard. Well as a taste, let’s see what Yorkshire has given to the world already…..

Yorkshire Tea


Cats Eyes

Stainless Steel

Sparkling Water

Guy Fawkes

Wensleydale Cheese (Wallace & Gromits favourite)

Yorkshire Puddings

Steam Locomotives

The Bronte Sisters

The first ever full sized glider (50 years before the Wright Brothers)

Michael Palin

Judy Dench

Sean Bean

The worlds loudest actor – Brian Blessed

The current Dr Who

Captain of the Star Trek Enterprise and the Head of the X-Men

And then we come to the really important stuff. The sweets…

Liquorice Allsorts

Jelly Totts

Jelly Babies



Quality Street

Terry’s Chocolate Orange


Yorkie Bars

Kit Kat’s

After 8 Mints


See Yorkshire can be a driving force for good. A beacon of hope and rain. A place lost in time. Where chocolate is still seen as a staple food. Up the Great Republic.

104 thoughts on “Yorkshire is good for something

  1. Amazing. I never knew so many products came from Yorkshire. I’m so dim that is never even considered that Yorkie bars had anything to do with Yorkshire! πŸ˜‚

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  2. I know Cats Eyes and Stainless Steel are probably quite important but frankly you can keep those as long as you keep sharing the sweets. And the tea. Not massively bothered about the Bronte sisters either way really…

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  3. When I was a kid, my great aunt always used to have a dish of Licorice Allsorts sitting out in her living room. They looked so appealing, but tasted so gross…

    I actually thought Smarties were Canadian, since I know they don’t have them in the U.S., but now I stand corrected!

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  4. never knew before I saw a picture of them here, that the “popovers” I have been baking for close to 50 years are really Yorkshire Puddings. Nice to know.

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      1. You will. I was just checking to see when we were last down and I was right enough, it was two years back middle of June. We had found a nice new inn to stay in after our old fav closed so we were happy re that. Does seem like another life right now.

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      2. We first discovered the Old Vicarage in Easingwold in 1983. It was actually quite ahead of its time, looking back And we went for while, took the kids and all but then the wonders sold up, saying it was going to be private. So we kind of stopped going for quite a long while, then we rediscovered it about 15 years back after finding out the sale had fallen through and it had been still running as a B and B. We came to know the new owners pretty well but sadly the woman had a number of health probs and they gave up a few years back, having still let their special customers only book to the very last. Anyway last time we decided to give the George Hotel just across the square a go, having often eaten and drunk there when we were down and it was lovely, nice owners and very, very reasonable. We like Easingwold cos it is pretty quiet for a market town– they have a bypass now and even before that the market square was right away from the main road. It is very handy for York itself but also so many other places, walks, villages, things to see, etc.

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      3. We just take the bus in to York, it’s so fast–apart from the time they got this relief bus driver on and they got lost for two and a half hours round Raskelf way, the bulk of that time after she asked, did anyone know, and this old guy on a zimmer called Gerrge, got up and said he did. And he did…he knew the way to his cottage in the middle of a field. Talk about eye and main chance. There were search parties in the process of getting sent out for that bus. But it is a really good place for getting around in the car everywhere else. And there’s nice eateries there too. I’ve probably been through your village. Not many we’ve not been through. We will come back i am sure and i will let you know.

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    1. Abso. me too. That story was epic. i mean we got on the bus at 5… and after a great long meander, the driver who was not on her usual route, stopped and stood up and asked …does anyone know the way? Well we know lots of ways but that one bit of Yorkshire??? NO. So I had to tell the Mr to shut it as he went top open his mouth. Forward comes George. The best bit was when he got off the bus an hour later in that field at this cottage door. I tell you we were in bits of Yorkshire I had never seen before or since. And bits where the landed folkies had never seen anything so common as a bus, careering through their estates either. We got into Easingwold finally at 7 30 and there people gathered in the Square, including the owners from the Vicarage who knew we were coming back on that bus cos they had written it all down for us. The police were about to be fetched out. You’d really think the bus would have had sat nav… But no.

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      1. well…. we have aye called it the magical mystery tour. The 2nd best after George??? When the bus finally got back on the main road between York and Easingwold,, roughly a mile from where it had left it.

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  5. Dame Judi went to ‘The Mount’ public school, I believe. I went to the state grammar school, Mill Mount, just up the road. We could smell that wonderful Terry’s chocolate smell from the netball courts when the wind was in the right direction. A few fond memories of my school days in York. But then, treachery! I crossed the border to Liverpool.
    Yorkies and Lancastrians unite? Maybe, under Boris πŸ˜‰

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      1. And Mill Mount is long gone! Have you read any of Kate Atkinson’s novels (she went to Queen Anne’s GS) and perhaps should make your list. York is the setting for several of her books. One of her fictional families one lived on Holgate Road for a while!

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  6. A most impressive list. I’m not much of a tea drinker, but my favourite is Yorkshire. Having had surgery for dupuytrens contracture and a grandfather from Yorkshire I understand that I may have Viking ancestry. I notice Geoff Boycott doesn’t make the list.

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  7. OMG I didn’t realize there were that many things I love from Yorkshire!!! The pudding, of course…my Mum’s was the best, even though she wasn’t from Yorkshire. Harrogate tea….I still get it even here in the US. I remember well York Cathedral . I am not at all religious but I am deeply affected by the many brilliant cathedrals in England, York in particular. I won’t go through the rest! Oh..I do remember my dad and bro’ talking about Freddie Trueman!!

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  8. I seem to have overlooked this post somehow. I’m struggling to sleep tonight so catching up reading blogs. Thank goodness for Yorkshire … gave us the lovely tea bags, yummy chocolate, my favourite Bronte stories and of course .. you my friend 😊

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