White Rose wonders! New book lists top tens of Yorkshire achievements - find out more here

WE all know that Yorkshire is a special place – but a Mirfield writer has now proved that time and time again.

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Yorkshire rose

WE all know that Yorkshire is a special place – but a Mirfield writer has now proved that time and time again.

For Mike Fox has compiled a Top 10 of Yorkshire – a book packed with fascinating facts about God’s own county.

And these pages show you the best of the White Rose county as you discover Yorkshire’s scientists, poets, novelists, politicians, film stars, sporting heroes and musicians.

Here too are the county’s most scenic villages, tallest buildings, oddest place names, quirky sayings, tasty delicacies and masses of things to see and do.

Disasters, battles and historic events complete the picture.

And some of the results even surprised Mike, who said: "I wasn’t aware that a man from Dewsbury, Tom Kilburn, was instrumental in inventing the first modern computer back in 1948.

"And Sir John Cockroft from Todmorden was instrumental in the development of nuclear power and was one of the greatest physicists of all time.’’

Mike added: "I’ve always been proud to be a Yorkshireman even when I lived in London and people used to make fun of my accent.

"Writing this book has made me prouder still. Yorkshire really is full of great places and great people.

"I thought I knew my home county quite well but in researching this book I realised this wasn’t really the case.

"Some lists are more subjective than others and to some degree reflect my own opinions – for example, a list of the prettiest villages which has Burnsall at number one.

"A Facebook page has been set up so people can add their own comments and opinions and I’m looking forward to hearing them.

"Like most Yorkshire folk I’m fond of a good debate and I’m sure sections of this book will spark one.’’

The lists include the top 10 famous people from Huddersfield, politicians, artists, inventors, pop groups, film actors, TV actors, comics, most expensive streets to live in and oddest place names.

Mike was born in Dewsbury in 1966 and grew up in Mirfield.

After graduating with a BSc in Environmental Biology and MSc in Soil Science he taught science and maths in London, Abu Dhabi and Yorkshire.

Since leaving teaching in 2011 he has worked as a walking guide in the Dales and as a private tutor. He lives in Burley-in-Wharfedale on the doorstep to the Yorkshire Dales.

Yorkshire’s Top Ten by Mike Fox (Great Northern Books) £9.99. Hardback, 256 pages. To order a copy, visit www.greatnorthern books.co.uk

Now visit the next page to find out some amazing Yorkshire top 10s.

GREATEST YORKSHIRE MEN

1 : Captain James Cook (1728-79).

Born in Martin near Middlesbrough. He was the son of a farm labourer and rose through the ranks of the Royal Navy to become Great Britain's greatest explorer, perhaps even the world’s greatest explorer. He went on three voyages of discovery to the Pacific and mapped in detail the east coast of Australia, New Zealand and the Hawaiian islands. He was killed in Hawaii by locals, they stripped his body of flesh and disembowelled him. His remains were returned to his crew and were buried at sea.

2 : William Wilberforce (1759-1833).

Born in Hull, Member of Parliament who campaigned for the abolition of the slave trade and slavery in the British empire. The slave trade was abolished in 1807, but it was not until 1833 that an act was passed giving freedom to all slaves in the British empire. Wilberforce is buried in Westminster Abbey.

3 : John Harrison (1693-1776).

Born in Foulby near Wakefield. Invented the marine chronometer which allowed shops to calculate longitude thereby making long distance sea travel much safer.

4 : Sir John Cockcroft (1897-1967).

Born in Todmorden. Shared the Nobel Prize in Physics with Ernest Walton for splitting the atomic nucleus in 1932. He was instrumental in the development of nuclear power.

5 : Harry Brearley (1871-1948).

Invented stainless steel in 1913. He was born into a poor family who lived in one room at the back of Spital Street in Sheffield. He left school at 12 and worked as a cellar lad and then as a bottle washer. He began to study metallurgy and eventually was able to set up a research lab. In 1913 he discovered that adding chromium to molten iron produced a metal that did not rust.

6 : Sir George Cayley (1773-1857).

Born in Scarborough. He is sometimes called the Father of Aviation and is one of the most important people in the history of aeronautics. He was the first man to understand the underlying principles and forces of flights. In 1853 he designed and built the first working, piloted glider. The first flight was across Brompton Dale, eight miles west of Scarborough.

7 : John Smeaton (1724-92).

Born in Austhorpe, Leeds. He was one of the first people to call himself a civil engineer. He laid the foundations for the profession of civil engineering. He built the third Eddystone lighthouse and a great many bridges, canals and harbours.

8 : Joseph Priestley (1733-1804).

Born in Birstall near Batley. Minister, teacher, scientist. Discovered oxygen and invented carbonated water.

9 : Sir Titus Salt (1803-76).

Born in Morley near Leeds. Mill owner who by the 1840’s was the largest employer in Bradford. Unhappy with the dreadful conditions his workers live in, Titus built the model village of Saltaire and Salts Mill three miles out of the city centre.

10 : Joseph Rowntree (1836-1926).

Born in York. Chocolatier, but perhaps best known for being a champion of social reform. He wanted to improve the quality of life if his employees and this led him to become a philanthropist, supporting many charitable causes.

Who are the greatest Yorkshire women? Find out on the next page

GREATEST YORKSHIRE WOMEN

1 : Sue Ryder (1924-2000).

Born in Leeds. She served with the Special Operations Executive (SOE) during the Second World War. Established by Winston Churchill in 1940, the SOE promoted and coordinated resistance in German occupied Europe. After the war Ryder volunteered to do relief work in Poland, France and Germany. In 1953 she established the Sue Ryder Foundation, which became Sue Ryder Care and in 2011 Sue Ryder. The charity operates homes for the sick and disabled. Sue Ryder was appointed OBE in 1957. She was made a life peer in 1979, being created Baroness Ryder of Warsaw.

2 : Amy Johnson (1903-41).

Born in Hull. Pioneering aviator. She was the first female pilot to fly alone from Britain to Australia in 1930. The Gypsy Moth aircraft she used can be seen in the National Science Museum. In the 1930s she set numerous long distance records. All of her accomplishments were well recognised at the time and she become a big celebrity of the day. Johnson flew in the Second World War as part of the Air Transport Auxiliary. In 1941, whilst flying for the ATA, she crashed into the Thames estuary and drowned. Her body was never recovered.

3 : Beryl Burton (1937-96).

Born in the Halton area of Leeds. Perhaps the greatest British cyclist ever. On the domestic scene Beryl ruled the roost for a quarter of a century between 1959 and 1983. She won no fewer than 96 national titles in pursuit and time trailing. Beryl also won seven world road race and pursuit titles. Had the world championships then included a time trial, as it does now, she might have won many more titles. Olympics? Well, women’s cycling wasn’t introduced until Beryl was 47 years old.

4 : Emily Bronte (1818-48).

Born in Thornton near Bradford. Best remembered for Wuthering Heights, which was her only novel. The book is a classic of English literature. It’s about the passionate but doomed love between Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliffe. Emily died of tuberculosis and was laid to rest in the family vault in Haworth Church.

5 : Charlotte Bronte (1816-55).

Born in Thornton. Author of Jane Eyre. She also wrote the novels Shirley and Vilette. In 1854 Charlotte married and fell pregnant. Sadly, she died, along with her unborn child. The death certificate gives the cause of death as tuberculosis, however there are reasons to think that she died from typhus or even dehydration and malnourishment brought on by severe morning sickness. Charlotte is interred in the family vault in Haworth church.

6 : Anne Bronte (1820-49).

Born in Thornton. Anne is overshadowed by her older sisters but her two novels Agnes Grey and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall are still considered classics of English literature. Howarth was not a healthy place to live. After burying Emily, Anne fell ill and travelled to Scarborough in the hope that the sea air would bring about a recovery. It did not and Anne’s surviving sister, Charlotte decided to "lay the flower where it had fallen". Anne was buried in St Mary’s churchyard in Scarborough.

7 : Anita Lonsbrough

Born 1941 in York. Gold medal winner in the 200m breaststroke at the 1960 Rome Olympic Games. She won the race in world record time. Lonsbrough was the last British woman to win Olympic gold in swimming until Rebecca Adlington in 2008.

In 1962 she won European gold and three British Empire and Commonwealth Games golds. Later in that year Lonsbrough became the first female winner of BBC Sports Personality of the Year. Not bad for an office clerk employed at Huddersfield Town Hall.

8 : St Hilda of Whitby (614-680).

Her actual name was Hold of Streonshal (Streonshal was the old name for Whitby). In 627 she was baptised a Christian in York. In 647 she become a nun and in 657 she founded a monastery at Whitby. The abbey become a centre of both religion and of learning. Hilda presided over the Synod of Whitby in 644 which settled the differences between the Roman church and the Celtic church. Detail of Hilda’s life come from the Ecclesiastical history of the English by the Venerable Bede.

9 : Barbara Hepworth (1903-75).

Born in Wakefield. She was a sculptor who helped develop modern art in Britain. In 1939 Hepworth moved to St Ives in Cornwall where she became a leading light in the town’s famous artistic community after World War Two. After her death in 1975 her gallery was transformed into the Barbara Hepworth Museum. In 1980 this became part of the Tate St Ives. A new £35 million museum dedicated to Hepworth, The Hepworth Wakefield opened in May 2011.

10 : Barbara Taylor Bradford

Born 1933 in Leeds. Her debut novel A Woman of Substance was published in 1979 and has sold over 30 million copies worldwide. To date she has written 27 novels and all have been bestsellers on both sides of the Atlantic.

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INDUSTRIALISTS, ENTREPRENEURS AND RETAILERS

1 : Sir Titus Salt

Born in Morley near Leeds in 1803. Died 1876. Titus took over his father’s business in 1833 and within 20 years his textile company was the biggest employer in Bradford. Between 1801 and 1851 the population of Bradford had risen from 13,000 to 104,000. Much of the population lived in horrendous conditions and Titus, who owned five mills, was concerned about this. He relocated to an area outside of Bradford near Shipley. He built the worlds biggest mill and a model community called Saltaire on the banks of the River Aire. His workers had good houses, their own outside toilets, clean drinking water and gas for lighting and heating. Saltaire had its own park, church, school, library and hospital.

2 : Joseph Rowntree

Son of a Quaker grocer, born in York in 1834. Died in 1925. Took over the family chocolate factory in York in 1883. By the end of the 19th century Rowntree’s employed over 4,000 people.

Joseph Rowntree did much to improve the lives of his employees. He provided free education and free medical and dental care for his workers. In 1901 he purchased 123 acres of land at New Earswick to build houses for low income families. In 1906 he donated £10,000 to establish a pension fund for his workers.

3 : Samuel Cunliffe Lister

Born in Calverley Old Hall near Bradford in 1815. Died at Swinton Park in 1906.

Lister played a key role in the development of Bradford’s wool industry in the 19th Century. In 1838 he and his brother John started as worsted spinners and manufacturers in a new mill that their father built for them. This was Lister’s Mill in the Manningham area of Bradford.

Samuel Lister invented the Lister nip comb which revolutionalised the worsted industry and turned Bradford into the worsted capital of the world

4 : George Hudson - The Railway King

Born in 1800 in Howsham, North Yorkshire. Died 1871.

Hudson used an inheritance of £30,000 to invest in railways. He convinced George Stephenson to route the rail line from Newcastle to London through York, rather than bypassing it on the way to Leeds. Hudson become chairman of he York and North Midland Railway Company. By the mid 1840s he controlled more than 1,000 miles of railway.

It came to light that he bribed MPs and had misled investors over the financial state of his companies. In 1847 the value of railway shares fell dramatically and when he died in 1871 the former millionaire left effects worth only £200.

5 : Thomas Spencer

Born in Skipton in 1852. Died in 1905. In 1894 he joined Russian born Michael Marks to form Marks and Spencer.

In 1884 Michael Marks had opened a stall in Kirkgate Market in Leeds. Over the next few years Marks opened more market stalls across Northern England. In 1894 Spencer invested £300 in Marks activities and they opened their first store in Manchester.

6 : J Arthur Rank

Born in Kingston-upon-Hull in 1888. Died 1972. Joseph Arthur Rank was an industrialist and film producer and founder of the Rank Organisation,. His father, Joseph, set up a flour milling company in 1875. In 1899 this company became Joseph Rank Ltd. J Arthur Rank eventually took over the family business in 1952. In 1962 the company acquired Hovis-McDougall and became Rank Hovis-McDougall Ltd. An Ardent Methodist, J Arthur Rank produced his first film, Turn of the Tide, in 1935. Rank turned Heatherden Hall in Buckinghamshire into Pinewood Studios. In 1938 the Rank Organisation took over the Odeon cinema chain and in 1942 the Paramount cinema chain. Ealing Studios were acquired in 1944. During the 1940s Rank produced some of the finest British films ever made. From the 1950s Rank produced the Norman Wisdom films, the Doctor films and the Carry On films

7 : Sir Joseph Terry

Born 1828 in York. Died 1898. In 1954 Joseph took over his father’s confectionery company and developed it so that by the end of the 19th Century it employed over 300 people. The company was incorporated in 1985 as Joseph Terry and Sons Ltd.

8 : Sir Ken Morrison

Born in Bradford in 1931. He took the small grocery business established by his parents in 1899 to become the 4th largest supermarket chain in the UK. Knighted in 2000.

9 : Joshua Tetley

Born in Armley, then a small village the outskirts of Leeds, in 1778. Died 1859.

He founded Tetley’s Brewery in Leeds in 1822. It expanded to eventually become the world’s largest producer of cask ale. Tetley’s merged with Carlsberg of Denmark in 1992. Tetley’s brewery in Leeds closed in 2011. Falling sales were blamed. Tetley’s Smoothflow is now brewed in MolsonCoor’s Tadcaster plant.

10 : Sir David Brown

Born in Huddersfield in 1904. Died 1993. His grandfather, David Brown, commenced business in 1860 as a general pattern maker. In 1898 David Brown began to manufacture machine cut gears. By 1921 the company was the largest work gear manufacturers in the world. Sir David took over the running of the family business in 1931. David Brown Ltd began making tractors in 1936 in a joint venture with Harry Ferguson. The collaboration only lasted four years. David Brown had designed his own tractor and during the Second World War he produced the David Brown VAK1, which eventually sold 7,700 making him a very rich man. In 1947 Brown bought Aston Martin. The legendary DB series of cars were named after Brown, using his initials. Aston Martin won Le Mans in 1959. In 1972 Brown sold both his tractor business and Aston Martin.

Yorkshire's greatest ever politicians on the next page - will you agree?

POLITICIANS

1 : William Wilberforce

Born 1769 in Kingston-Upon-Hull. Died 1833. Campaigned for the abolition of the slave trade. Member of parliament for Kingston-upon Hull (1780-84), Yorkshire (1784-1812) and Bramber (1812-25).

2: Harold Wilson

Born in Huddersfield in 1916. Died in 1995. Labour prime minister 1964-70 and again 1974-76. Member of Parliament for Ormskirk (1945-50) and then Huyton (1953-83).

3 : Herbert Henry Asquith

Born in Morley in 1852. Died 1928. Liberal prime minister 1908-16. Member of Parliament for East Fife (1886-1918) and then for Paisley (1920-24).

4 : Charles Watson-Wentworth, 2nd Marquis of Rockingham

Born in 1782 in Wentworth near Rotherham. Died 1782. He was a British Whig statesmen most notable for his two terms as prime minister of Great Britain (1765-66 and 1782).

5 : Lady Betty Boothroyd

Born in Dewsbury in 1929. Labour Member of Parliament for West Bromwich (1973-74) and West Bromwich West (1974-2000). Speaker of the House of Commons 1992-2000.

6 : David Blunkett

Born in Sheffield in 1947. Labour Member of Parliament for Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough (1987-2010), Sec of State for Education and Employment (1997-2001), Home Secretary (2001-04) and Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (2005).

7 : Roy Hattersley

Born in Sheffield in 1932. Labour MP for Birmingham Sparkbrook (1964-97). Sec of State for Price and Consumer Protection (1976-79), Deputy Leader of the Labour Party (1983-92).

8 : Vince Cable

Born in York in 1943. MP for Twickenham since 1997. Sec of State for Business, Innovation and Skills since 2010.

9 : William Hague

Born in Rotherham 1961. Conservation MP for Richmond since 1989. Sec of State for Wales (1997), Leader of the Conservation Party (1997-2001), Sec of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs since 2010.

10 : Frank Dobson

Born 1949 Dunnington, near York. MP of Holborn and St Pancreas South (1979-83) and Holborn and St Pancreas since 1983. Sec of State for Health 1997-99.

FAMOUS RESIDENTS OR FORMER RESIDENTS NOT BORN IN YORKSHIRE (LIVING)

1 : Sir Alan Ayckbourn

Born 1939 in Hampstead, London. Playwright who lives in Scarborough. He has written over 70 plays and between 1972 and 2009 was the artistic director of the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough .

2 : Peter O’Toole

Probably born 1932 in Connemara in Ireland. He achieved stardom in 1962 by playing T E Lawrence in the film Lawrence of Arabia. Brought up in Leeds and on leaving school he worked as a trainee journalist and photographer on he Yorkshire Evening Post. After national service he went to RADA . He is the most nominated actor to never win an Oscar.

3 : Dennis Healey

Born in 1917 in London. Moved with his family to Keighley when he was five. Member of Parliament for Leeds South East 1952-55 and for Leeds East 1955-92. Secretary of State for Defence 1964-70 and Chancellor of the Exchequer 1974-79. Healey was educated at Bradford Grammar School. After World War II he lived with his wife in East Sussex. Although being MP for Leeds for 40 years he never bought a house in the city..

4 : Michael Vaughan

Born in 1974 in Salford. Moved to Sheffield when he was eight. England cricket captain in 51 tests between 2003 and 2008. Vaughan is the most successful captain in the history of English cricket and was a former world number one batsman.

5 : Damien Hirst

Born 1965 in Bristol. Britain's richest living artist, worth £215 million. Hirst grew up in Leeds. He attended Allerton Grange High School and only achieved an E grade in A-level art. Hirst then went to Leeds College of Art and Design.

6 : Bill Bryson

Born in 1951 in Iowa, USA. Best selling author of humorous travel books. Lived and worked in Kirkby Malham for several years. He wrote "I don’t know for sure if Malhamdale is the finest place there is until I have died and seen heaven (assuming let they let me at least have a glance), but until that day comes it will certainly do".

7 : Janet Street Porter

Born 1946 in Brentford, Middlesex. Journalist and TV presenter. She has a home in upper Nidderdale since 1978. A keen walker and loves the Yorkshire Dales.

8 : Sebastian Coe

Born 1956 in Chiswick, London. 1500m Olympic gold medallist in 1980 and 84. Conservative MP from 1992-97. Head of the London bid to host the 2012 Olympics. Chairman of the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games. Coe was brought up in Sheffield and joined Hallamshire Harriers ages 12.

9 : Colin Montgomerie

Born 1963 in Glasgow. Golfer, five-time major championship runner-up and ranked as high as number two in the world. He was raised in Yorkshire. His father was managing director of Fox’s Biscuits. He was educated at Leeds Grammar School .

10 : Sir Roger Moore

Born 1927 in London. He attended Roe Head School in Mirfield.

It's Yorkshire's Olympic heroes on the next page

10 YORKSHIRE GOLD MEDALLISTS

1 : Ed Clancy

Born in Barnsley in 1985. Two gold medals in cycling team pursuit in 2008 and 2012. Also a bronze medal in the omnium in 2012.

2 : Archibald Stinchcombe

Born in Cudworth near Barnsley in 1912. Died 1994. Won gold in the men’s ice hockey at the 1936 winter Olympics.

3 Anita Lonsbrough

Born in York in 1941. Won the gold medal in the 200m breaststroke at the 1960 Rome games. BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 1962.

4 : Adrian Moorhouse

Born in Bradford in 1964. Gold medal winner in the 100m breaststroke at Seoul 1988.

5 : Paul Goodison

Born in Brinsworth bear Rotherham in 1977. Won the gold medal in sailing’s laser class at the 2008 Beijing games. Also world champion in 2009.

6 : Anna Tunnicliffe

Born in Doncaster in 1982. Anna is a sailor who won gold in 2008 in the laser radial class. At the age of 12 she and her family moved to the United States and it’s that country she represents.

7 : Alistair Brownlee

Born in Dewsbury in 1988. Won the triathlon in 2012.

8 : Jess Ennis

Born in Sheffield in 1986. Heptathlon champion 2012.

9 : Nicola Adams

Born in Leeds in 1982. Flyweight boxing champion in 2012.

10 : Luke Campbell

Born in Hull in 1987. Bantamweight boxing champion in 2012.

FILM ACTORS

1 : Charles Laughton

Born 1899 in Scarborough. Died 1962. Won the Oscar for best actor in 1933 for his role in The Private Life of Henry VIII. Nominated for best actor two other times.

2 : Sir Ben Kingsley

Born 1943 in Saninton near Scarborough. Best actor Oscar winner in 1982 for his portrayal of Gandhi. Oscar nominated two other times.

3 : James Mason

Born 1909 in Huddersfield. Died 1984. Oscar nominated three times for The Verdict (1982), Gregory Girl (1966) and A Star is Born (1954).

4 : Sir Patrick Stewart

Born 1940 in Mirfield. Played Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Treck: The Next Generation and Professor Charles Xavier in the X-Men films.

5 : Dame Judy Dench

Born 1934 in York. Starred in the TV series A Fine Romance from 1981 to ‘84 and As Times Goes By from 1992 to 2005. Since 1995 she has played M in the James Bond films. In 1998 she won the Oscar for best supporting actress for her portrayal of Elizabeth I in Shakespeare in Love.

6 : Sir Tom Courtenay

Born 1937 in Hull. Twice nominated. Came to prominence in the 1960s for his performances in The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1962), Billy Liar (1963) and Dr Zhivago (1965). Twice Oscar nominated for his roles in Dr Zhivago and The Dresser (1983).

7 : Malcolm McDowell

Born 1943 in Horsforth. Perhaps best known for playing the lead in A Clockwork Orange (1971).

8 : Brian Blessed

Born 1936 in Goldthorpe near Barnsley. Probably best known for that voice. Played PC "Fancy" Smith in the BBC drama series Z-Cars from 1962-65. Portrayed Caesar Augustus in I, Claudius, also for the BBC. On stage he starred in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats during the original London production. In film he played Prince Vultan in Flash Gordon (1980) and Robin Hood’s dad in Kevin Costner’s film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991).

9 : Tom Wilkinson

Born 1948 in Leeds. Twice Oscar nominated for his roles in In The Bedroom (2001) and Michael Clayton (2007). He also starred in The Full Monty (1997).

10 : Sean Bean

Born 1959 in Sheffield. Best known for playing Colonel Richard Sharpe in the ITV series Sharpe and for playing Boromir in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. He has featured in many blockbuster films including Patriot Games (1992) alongside Harrison Ford, Goldeneye (1995), Ronin (1998) and Troy (2004).

Top Yorkshire TV? Find out on the next page

Yorkshire television

1 : Emmerdale

First broadcast in 1972 as Emmerdale Farm. The nearby village was known as Beckindale. Originally, filming took place in the village of Arncliffe in Littondale which is a tributary valley of Wharfedale. From 1976 the village of Esholt near Bradford was used. The original Emmerdale Farm buildings are near the village of Leathley and Home Farm is Creskeld Hall. From 1998 a purpose built village set built on the Harewood estate has been used. Butlers Farm is really Brookland Farm which is in the nearby village of Eccup. Otley is used as the fictional market town of Hotten.

2 : Last of the Summer Wine

Ran from 1973 to 2010. It was set and filmed in and around Holmfirth. Every episode was written by Roy Clarke.

3 : Heartbeat

Police drama set in 1960s Yorkshire. It ran from 1992 to 2010. Goathland in the North York Moors was used as the fictional village of Aidensfield.

4 : All Creatures Great and Small

Seven series were made between 1978 and 1990. The series were based on the books written by James Herriot (real name Alf Wight). Christopher Timothy played Herriot. The Wensleydale village of Askrigg double as the fictional Darrowby.

5 : Rising Damp

Ran from 1974 to ‘78 and starred Leonard Rossiter (Rupert Rigsby), Frances de la Tour (Miss Jones), Richard Beckinsdale (Alan), and Don Warrington (Philip). The exact setting was never made clear, but it was made in Leeds and the setting is generally accepted as being somewhere in Yorkshire.

6 : Open All Hours

Four series between 1976 and ‘85. Starred Robbie Barker and David Jason. Written by Roy Clark. The shows were shot in Balby which is a suburb of Doncaster.

7 : A Touch of Frost

Fifteen series were made between 1992 and 2010. Starred David Jason. Although set in the fictional south midlands town of Denton most of it was filmed in Leeds, Wakefield, Pontefract and Castleford.

8 : In Loving Memory

Five series starring Thora Hird and Christopher Beeny were made between 1979 and 1986. The setting was the fictitious Lancashire town of Oldshaw. The actual location for filming was Bramham near Leeds and Luddendon near Halifax.

9 : Oh no, it’s Selwyn Froggit

Three series were made between 1974 and ‘77. The show starred Bill Maynard and outdoor filming took place in Skelmanthorpe and Elvington.

10: 10 Only When I Laugh

Four series were made by Yorkshire Television between 1979 and ‘82. Starred James Bolan, Peter Bowles, Christopher Strauli and Richard Wilson and was set in a ward in an NHS hospital.

FACTS ABOUT YORKSHIRE

1 : The emblem of Yorkshire is the white rose of the historical royal House of York and the most commonly used flag representative of Yorkshire is the white rose on a dark blue background.

2 : Yorkshire Day is held on August 1 and is a celebration of Yorkshire culture.

3 : The 1991 census put the population of Yorkshire and Humberside at 5.3 million.

4 : The county is so named because it is the shire (administrative area or county) of the city of York. It is York’s shire. "York" comes from the Viking name for the city, Jorvik.

5 : The title Duke of York, a title of nobility in British peerage, was created in 1385, but was merged with the Crown when the 4th Duke became King Edward IV in 1461. Since then, the title of Duke of York has usually been given to the second son of the King or Queen.

6 : The name, Yorkshire, first appeared in writing in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle in 1065.

7 : The term "Riding" comes from the Viking word threthingr, which means a third. There has never been a south riding. South Yorkshire was created in 1974 and was taken from the West Riding.

8 : Many of our words and place names are Viking in origin: for examplle the old Norse for child was barn- similar to bairn. and to play was leike similar to the Yorkshire laik.

10 : At 6,000 square miles, Yorkshire is Britain’s largest county.

 
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