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In the footsteps of Captain Cook

In June 2017 it is 251 years since Captain Cook made his historic landing in Marlborough Sound in New Zealand. Captain James Cook became a Captain in the British Navy, rising through the ranks after starting as a Mariner and mastering the art of navigation to become a cartographer and explorer. He made detailed maps before making his three expeditions to the Pacific Ocean, when he made the first... Read more

Tour de Yorkshire 2017

PHOTO:  Tour de Yorkshire 2017 takes place 28 – 30 April 2017 In 2014 Yorkshire raced into the history books when it secured Yorkshire as the location for the first stage of the Tour de France. Under the guidance of Sir Gariy Verity and his team it was the “grandest of all Grand Departs” according to Tour de France race director Christian Prudhomme. Watched by over 5 million people along... Read more

Jorvik – The Return of the Vikings

In 1976 plans were afoot for the development of the Coppergate Shopping Centre in York. It was agreed that due to York’s known abundance of buried treasures, archaeologists should move in prior to the build. What they quickly discovered set the building of the Coppergate Centre back 5 years. The moist, peaty layers had preserved an unprecedented amount of organic materials such as timber,... Read more

A chocolate and furniture connection in York

You would never expect to find any connection between a Chocolate Orange and some fine furniture, yet Noel Terry – a relative of Joseph Terry who set up a famous chocolate factory in York – spent his lifetime collecting exquisite Georgian clocks and furniture. Terry’s factory is no more: it’s now ‘The Chocolate Works’ housing development.  All Gold Chocolate boxes and Chocolate Oranges do still... Read more

Ilkley – wheear ast tha bin since ah saw thee?

PHOTO: Ilkley, below the famous ‘Cow and Calf’ Rocks Besides being the home of the Yorkshire Anthem ‘On Ilkley Moor Bah Tat’, Ilkley has a long and interesting history from its Roman occupation through to becoming a thriving Victorian Spa Town. Local Blue Badge Guide, Tim Barber led the Yorkshire Association on a Tour of the town then a walk up on the misty moors to explore its... Read more