The Secrets of Silkstone

If I ask you to think of a picturesque area in England with rolling countryside, stately churches and mansions and an abundance of reminders of the past South Yorkshire may not be the first to spring to mind. And yet this part of the country has all those – as yet largely undiscovered. One of my favourite spots to visit is Silkstone near Barnsley. The village is home to Pot House Hamlet,... Read more

The Great Yorkshire Show

The Great Yorkshire Show – Tuesday 10th to Thursday 12th July 2018 The Great Yorkshire Show was born in October 1837 when a group of leading agriculturalists, led by the third Earl Spencer, met at the Black Swan Hotel in Coney Street, York to discuss the future of the farming industry. The result was the decision to form an organisation – the Yorkshire Agricultural Society (YAS)... Read more

The Snickelways of York

No visit to the magnificent City of York would be complete without an exploration of some of the 50 medieval Snickelways (alleyways) dotted around the City. The term Snickelway was first used by the author Mark W Jones who in 1983 produced an outstanding guidebook “A Walk around the Snickelways of York”. The book is in hand-written format with notes and maps showing the routes of... Read more

Eboracum Roman Festival, York

Eboracum Roman Festival, York 1st – 3rd June 2018 The Romans invaded Britain in AD43. In AD71 the Ninth Legion led by the Roman Governor of Britain, Quintus Petilius Cerialis, marched north from Lincoln to subdue the Brigantes, a loose federation of tribes covering the north of England. Cerialis based his army camp at the juncture of two rivers, the Ouse and the Foss. The name given to... Read more

Yorkshire Minsters

I am lucky enough to work in York Minster, arguably the most famous Minster in England and the question I get asked the most is “What is a Minster?”. The simplest answer I can give is it is a centre for teaching about God and Christianity. It’s an old English word – mynster – and it has been traditionally bestowed upon significant churches that help spread the word... Read more