Yorkshire booklist by Yorksgen mailing list members
YORKSGEN BOOK LIST
This list of books about Yorkshire has been
assembled from recommendations made by members of the YORKSGEN
Rootsweb mailing list. The titles are loosely arranged by topic,
although in some cases this has been difficult to determine. Where
possible, the recommender has provided a short summary which should
be used as a guide only.
The books are a mixture of old and new. An attempt has been
made to provide sufficient information for you to search in new
and/or second-hand bookshops, or to obtain a copy at your local
library or through an inter-library loan facility.
YORKSHIRE, EAST, NORTH AND WEST [3 Separate Volumes] A part of the King's England series.
Edited by Arthur Mee. First printed in 1941. The contributor's copies are from a reprint in 1947. Printed and bound in Great
Britain for Hodder & Staughton, Limited. by Richard Clay and Company, Ltd., Bungay, Suffolk.
To quote from the frontispiece, "This visitation of Yorkshire for The King's England was completed in the early months of the
Hitler War, and is a picture of the County as it was before the aerial bombardment of the Island. It is not possible here
to take note of changes the war has brought about in churches and other buildings; this book stands as a record of Yorkshire
before the Blitzkrieg."
The North Riding volume, 275 pages, typical
of all three, contains 96 photos in a sepia tint and the text includes 201 (my count) villages and towns, is well indexed and
it contains a fold out 18" by 14" map of old Yorkshire (the entire county) showing all the places mentioned in the text.
The style is "tourist guide" prose, but quite complete. For example, the entry for Robin Hood's Bay, one of the contributor's
favourite spots as a youth, occupies a little over one page.
A little old fashioned perhaps, but for members of the "older generation" it will bring back a surge of wonderful memories.
YORKSHIRE. F.R.PEARSON. B.A. (Senior History Master at Bridlington School).
Published in 1928 by Alfred A. Knopf, Ltd. Part of The Borzoi County Histories Series, General Editor: S.J.Madge, M.Sc., F.S.A.
A marvellous book about Yorkshire, it includes physical features and geology, prehistoric Yorkshire, and Yorkshire during the following
historic periods: Roman, Anglian and Danish, Norman, Mediaeval, Tudor, Stuart, the Industrial Revolution and Modern. The
book includes photographs taken in 1927/28, sketches, maps etc., etc. This is an absolute must for anyone wanting to know
about Yorkshire from it's earliest period up to 1928. The writer is a History Master, his work is accurate.
A HISTORY OF YORKSHIRE. S.L. RAWNSLEY and F.B. SINGLETON.
Part of the Darwen County History Series. Published in 1995 (third edition) by Phillimore and Co. Ltd., Sussex.
"This book is the story of the historic county, from it's earliest times to the present day".
The book has a proud history. The first edition, by Tate and Singleton was published in 1960 and enjoyed remarkable success.
After a number of corrected reprints a new edition appeared in 1986 which was much more than a revision of the original book.
The great W.E. Tate had died and Dr. Stewart Rawnsley took his place as co-author of a completely re-written book, greatly expanded
to take into account new research and interpretations, with much new material on industrial Yorkshire, the discoveries of Viking
Jorvik, the boundary changes of the 70's and 80's and on cultural and leisure pursuits; the illustrations were also greatly enhanced."
FAMOUS YORKSHIRE HOMES. William HEBDEN. Published in 1974.
A tidy little book, it covers the areas of: Halifax and the Calder Valley; Huddersfield district;
Around Wakefield; Bradford and Airedale; Leeds and Wharfedale; North of Leeds; East of Leeds; Along the Great North Road; North
of York; East Yorkshire and the Coast.Some houses are covered better than others.
ISBN No. 0 85206 199 4.
GLEANINGS FROM VICTORIAN YORKSHIRE. By Ian DEWHIRST.Published 1972 by Ridings
HIGHWAYS & BYWAYS IN YORKSHIRE by Arthur H. NORWAY, Illustrated by Joseph Pennell
& Hugh Thomson. This book was originally published in 1899.
Also published in 1903.
LOCAL HISTORY - SPECIFIC AREAS OF YORKSHIRE
YORKSHIRE: MILLSTONE GRIT REVISITED, by Glyn HUGHES. Published in
1985 by Chatto and Windus/The Hogarth Press. This is an updated
version of an earlier book, Millstone Grit, published in 1975
by Victor Gollancz. The book is probably long out of print.
A "must read," especially
for those with ancestors and links to the Calder Valley/Haworth
and Saddleworth areas. This is a beautifully poetic account, part
autobiographical, part historical and anecdotal, of how the author,
a Cheshire man, came to live in the Calder Valley in a tiny derelict
cottage in the hamlet of Mill Bank, near Sowerby Bridge, that
he bought for £50. He takes journeys on foot through Haworth,
Todmorden, Heptonstall, Hebden Bridge, Luddenden, Halifax, etc,
writing about the Pennine landscape, moors, wild places, industrial
history, characters, the Brontes, Luddites, weaver-poets, non-conformists,
millworkers, farm life and more. The author also lived at Saddleworth
and writes about that area, too. A splendid work.
ISBN 0 7011 2960 3
THE BUILDINGS OF ENGLAND. Yorkshire the North Riding. Nikolaus PEVSNER.
This series offers descriptions,
spiced by lively and informed comment, of every building of architectural
importance in every county of England. Besides the grand
set pieces - cathedrals and their furnishings, great country houses
and their parks, the commercial and industrial architecture of
Victorian cities - the reader is introduced to the lesser delights,
from village churches to garden follies, from pubs to pumping
ISBN 0 14 0710.29.9.
In the same series:
Lancashire North, Lancashire South.
LOST HOUSES OF EAST YORKSHIRE. David NEAVE & Edward WATERSON.
Published in 1988 by The Georgian Society for East Yorkshire,
printed by Clifford Ward & Co. Bridlington Ltd.
ISBN 0 9513966 0 9
LOST HOUSES OF YORK & THE NORTH RIDING. Ed. WATERSON &
Peter MEADOWS. Published in 1998 by Jill Raines.
ISBN 0 9516494 3 4
LOST HOUSES OF THE WEST RIDING. Peter MEADOWS & Ed. WATERSON.
Published in 1998 by Jill Raines
It contains pictures of demolished
houses such as Beverley Hall near Pately Bridge, Coniston
Hall near Skipton, Bolton Hall above the Ribble and Ingmire Hall
near Sedbergh .... 450 houses according to the article in the
Feb 1999 issue of The Dalesman. The book covers an amazing
number of houses but very superficially. There is no great
detail on any of them. Still it's an excellent overview
of the subject.
ISBN 0 9516494 4 2.
Others in the series:
Lost Houses of County Durham. Peter MEADOWS & Ed.WATERSON
Lost Houses of Newcastle & Northumberland. T FAULKNER & P LOWERY
THE EAST RIDING OF YORKSHIRE LANDSCAPE. K.J. ALLISON.
Published by Hodder and Stoughton (London Sydney Auckland and
Toronto) First printed in 1976
One of a number of books of various
English counties within "The Making of the English Landscape"
series, each one written by a different author. This particular
book describes the gradual fashioning of the E. Yorkshire landscape
over several thousand years from Prehistoric and Roman landscapes,
Anglian and Scandinavian settlements, Early Medieval, Later Middle
Ages, 1500-1730, Georgian and Victorian lands and villages, Industry
and communications, Town landscapes, to 20th Century landscape.
It includes 44 plates, and 25 maps and plans, and has a good index.
A very good book, very interesting and well worth tracking down.
THE PENNINE VALLEY - A HISTORY OF UPPER CALDERDALE. Hebden
Bridge WEA Local History Group, edited by Bernard JENNINGS.
Published by Smith Settle Ltd, Ilkley Rd, Otley, West Yorkshire
Gives a very readable history of
the upper Calder Valley from Halifax to the Pennine watershed,
encompassing Todmorden, Heptonstall, Hebden Bridge, Mytholmroyd
and Sowerby Bridge. Topics include Community Life in the
18th and early 19th century, Industrial Revolution and Church,
Chapel and School. Lots of photos, bibliography and index.
ISBN 1 870071 93 X.
LIFE AND TRADITION IN WEST YORKSHIRE. Marie HARTLEY and Joan INGILBY. Published
in 1990 by Smith Settle Ltd., Otley, West Yorkshire
Records the way of life from the
end of the nineteenth century to between the two wars. By
talking to people and recording their memories, Marie Hartley
and Joan Ingilby have pieced together life in that period.
The book covers the great industries (textile mills, mines, forges
and engineering works), the crafts (organs, bakestones and clay
pipes), domestic life and leisure activities, children's games
such as taws and kick can, weekly baking and Sunday chapel visits,
and street hawkers. The resilience and sense of community are
ISBN Not known.
Marie Hartley and Joan Ingilby have built up an extraordinary
picture of people's lives, largely described in their own words
which gives immediacy and colour to the book as well as making
it unique and irreplaceable. Yorkshire Life
This book is a companion volume to: Life in the Moorlands of
North East Yorkshire.
LIFE IN THE MOORLANDS OF NORTH EAST YORKSHIRE. Marie HARTLEY
and Joan INGILBY. 2nd ed. Published in 1975, by John
M. Dent & Sons Ltd., London
Rural Yorkshire life as it was, with
many photos. Identifies many individuals in photos.
Covers North Yorkshire moors as well as East.
ISBN 0 460 03961 X.
LIFE AND TRADITIONS IN THE YORKSHIRE DALES. Marie HARTLEY and
Joan INGILBY. Published by The Dalesman Publishing Company
Wonderful descriptions, including
261 photographs and drawings covering life in the Dales over the
last hundred years. Covers: farmhouses, fireplaces
and furnishings; dairy work; oatcakes; farm buildings and implements;
sheep and sheep dogs; cures on the farm, horses, cattle, pigs,
geese hens and bees; peat; haytime; joiners, cabinet makers, wheelwrights
and rake makers; blacksmiths and tinsmiths; stone masons wallers
and drainers; saddlers, shoemakers and cloggers; tailors; ling
thatching and besom making; hedging and stick making; sport and
THE MAKING OF SOUTH YORKSHIRE. Professor David HEY. Published in 1979
by Moorland Publishing Company, Ashbourne, Derbyshire. 160
pages. (out of print)
This book by noted historian Professor
David Hey, chronicles the development of the area of South Yorkshire
from its earliest days. Professor Hey describes the various peoples
who have invaded and conquered the area over the years and their
effect and influence on it. Black and white photographs of many
ancient relics, ancient churches, and oddities are included.
ISBN 0 903485 44 3
PORTRAIT OF THE NORTH YORK MOORS, by Nicholas Rhea. Published by Hale.
Nicholas Rhea is the alias of Peter
N. Walker, a former police inspector in North Yorkshire who also
wrote the Heartbeat series of books. A serious historical
work and guidebook.
YORKSHIRE DALES. Robert WHITE.. Published by BT Batsford/English Heritage.
'To some the Yorkshire Dales is a
wild landscape of bleak moors, to others a geological and botanical
paradise, but above all it shows traces of the successes and failures
of 12,000 years of human activity. This introduction to the archaeology
and landscape history of the Dales ranges from the geological
background to the industrial archaeology of the C20.
Contents include: The traces of hunter-gatherers and the
first farmers; the impact of Roman occupation; new research on
the Dales in the 'Dark Ages'; after the Norman conquest; lead
mining from prehistoric times until today; halls hearths and homes;
and a glossary.
THE STRIDING DALES. Halliwell SUTCLIFFE. Illustrated
by A. Reginald Smith. First published as a limited edition
One of the finest books on Yorkshire.
It is beautifully written and the illustrations are charming.
The book is highly collectable but later editions can be purchased;
most *good* antiquarian bookshops usually have a copy of the book.
BUILDINGS IN THE YORKSHIRE DALES. Arthur RAISTRICK. Published by Dalesman
Publishing of Clapham.
Covers houses and cottages of the
C17 and C18. Gives an outline history of when, how and why
they came to be built. More attention is paid to the people concerned
with making, living in and using them to architectural merit.
Includes: Geology and building materials; The early period
of building; Monasteries, churches and bridges; Crucked houses
into stone houses; A yeoman builds his house; Mansion, Cottage
and Farmstead; Social and Industrial Buildings.
HOMESTEADS OF THE YORKSHIRE DALES. James WALTON. Published in 1979
by Dalesman Publishing.
Originally published 1947.
History and construction details of Dales homesteads before the
Industrial Revolution. Many illustrations.
ISBN 0 85206 505 1.
INDEX TO REV. JOHN GRAVES HISTORY OF CLEVELAND
- Published 2001 (149 pages - spiral bound).
The History of Cleveland was published in 1808 - (with a facsimile
copy being re-issued in the 1970s) - and is well known amongst
the historians of North East England.
The original book lacked an index and was therefore difficult
to use as a reference source, but this publication rectifies that
omission. It is really a Summary and Index of the original book,
as Beryl has included notes under most sections which gives a
short account of the original information for the benefit of those
persons who are not fortunate enough to have the original book.
The Index to Rev. John Graves History of Cleveland contains a
lot of information on the parishes of the Cleveland area, listing
the Clergy (up to 1808 of course), extensive cross referencing
and even a list of the Kings and Queens of England from 1066 to
date. The index section alone comprises of 122 pages.
YORKSHIRE VILLAGE LIFE. Marie HARTLEY and Joan INGILBY. Published
by Smith Settle Ltd. of Otley. First published in 1953.
A detailed history of the village
of Askrigg in Wensleydale. The story of a market town which
has declined to the status of village. Although farming has
always been the mainstay of the village's prosperity, in the C18
over 40 different trades from dying to lead mining flourished'.
Contents include: Century of the yeoman; C18 heyday; C19
decline; St Oswald's Church; Weather flowers and birds; The Roman
fort at Bainbridge; Lists of inhabitants of Askrigg 1301, 1535,
1663; Vicars of Askrigg from 1175; Masters of Yorebridge Grammar
School from 1601; Clockmakers from 1681.
ROUND ABOUT BRADFORD, by William CUDWORTH. Published/printed
in 1876 by Thomas Brear, 17 & 19 Kirkgate, Bradford.
Reproduced in 1968 by Mountain Press, Queensbury.
The book is 'A series of sketches
(descriptive and semi-historical) of 42 places within six miles
of Bradford'.Note: the first volume of the reproduction
is of poor quality and has missing pages compared with the original.
ASPECTS OF LEEDS DISCOVERING LOCAL HISTORY. Lynne Stevenson TATE.
Covers Briggate and its Pubs; picturehouses,
readers letters to the Leeds press 1795-1850 (selection); the
HEATONS of Claremont; St Chad's a Home for waifs and strays; a
short history of the School of Commerce; Woodhouse Moor; the mosaics
of St Aidan's; Bramley; the beginnings of GOTT's mill; memories
of mill work; the Leeds Jewish Community; Gypsies in Leeds local
ISBN 1 871647 38 X.
THE CHURCHES OF LEEDS, Rev. R.V. TAYLOR. Published in 1875
by Richard Jackson 18 Commercial St Leeds.
THE STORY OF OLD HALIFAX. T W HANSON. Recently republished
by M T D Rigg Publications, 1a Renton Avenue, Guiseley, Leeds
LS20 8EE. First published 1920.
An excellent history of Halifax,
fully indexed, many local families mentioned.
HISTORY OF HALIFAX, John CRABTREE. Published in 1836 by Hartley
and Walker Halifax.This is a concise History of the
Parish and Vicarage of Halifax from pre Roman times until 1835
HALIFAX AS IT WAS,Arthur PORRITT. Published in
1973 by Hendon Publishing Co Nelson Lancs.
Photographs and prints of Halifax
from 1800 -1912.
IT HAPPENED HERE,Arthur PORRITT. Published in
1955 by E J Morten Didsbury Manchester
Events and incidents that have occurred
in and around Halifax over that past 3 centuries.
Stephen GEE. Published in 1987 M T D Rigg publications Guiseley
Descriptive photographs of old Halifax
and the surrounding area.
CALDERDALE THEN & NOW, Edward RILEY. Published
in 1980 by Halifax Courier & Guardian
Photographs and stories of Halifax
and surrounding area from the turn of the century.
A SPRING TIME SAUNTER - ROUND AND ABOUT BRONTE LAND.
Whiteley TURNER. Published by S R Publishers Ltd.
First published in 1905
A stroll around the Halifax area
meeting old locals with much of their conversations written in
ISBN 0 85409 560 8
BORROWBY (NEAR THIRSK) IN 1851. Compiled by I. D. CUNLIFFE
and M. Y. ASHCROFT. Published in December 1976 by North
Yorkshire County Record Office.
Includes:pen and ink
drawings of individual houses; the Borrowby Census 1851; Gueldable
and Landmoth with Catto Census 1851; Index of heads of households
mentioned in the apportionments and census; Extracts relating
to Borrowby from printed directories 1823 & 1840, Baines'
and White's; and a combined tithe map.
ESCRICK A VILLAGE HISTORY
by J P G TAYLOR Published by Oblong Books
of Otley. (178 pages).
ISBN 0 9536574 0 X.
It has chapters on the following:-
The Norman Conquest; The Pilgrimage of Grace; Lascelles, Knyvetts
and Howards; The Thompsons of Escrick; The New Hall; The first
Lord Wenlock; And many more.
THE GREEN BRIDGE RICHMOND by LP WENHAM
Published in 1976 by North Yorkshire County Record Office.
The history of the old bridge, from 1535. Includes key names
of those involved with its history.
FORGOTTEN HULL - A Selection of Photographs
from the Hull Corporation Health Department Collection 1890s -
1930s. By Graham WILKINSON
and Gareth WATKINS - Published by Kingston Press
"Hull's social history is brought
to life in this fascinating pictorial record of the city, showing
what it was like to live in Hull between the 1890s and 1930s.
Forgotten Hull is a magnificent collection of over 1000 photographs
of the city and surrounding area, faithfully restored and reproduced
from the original glass plate negatives and mounted prints of
the Hull Corporation Health Department. The areas covered
include: The Old Town, Myton, Sculcoates, East Hull, The People
of Hull. For anyone with ancestors in Hull or anyone remotely
interested in Social History, then this book is an excellent recommendation.
EVEN MORE GOOD NEWS - Each photograph has a unique catalogue number
so that one can order a proper print from the Hull Library!
RAMBLES ROUND HORTON,
William CUDWORTH, 1886.Reprinted
by Mountain Press. Queensbury, date unknown.
THE GREAT AND CLOSE SIEGE OF YORK
1644Around 200 old photographs of Stocksbridge
and its neighbouring villages.
. by Peter WENHAM.
First published in 1970 by Roundwood (Kineton). Illustrated.
from The Archive Photographs Series
THE YARM OF YESTERYEAR,
Malcolm RACE. Published
in 1978 by Strickland & Holt Yarm
Pictures and stories of the village
of Yarm from the turn of the century.
PETER HARVEY'S SHEFFIELD.
Peter HARVEY. Published in 1980
by Sheaf Publishing, Sheffield.
ISBN 0 9505458 3 X.
A SECOND HELPING OF PETER HARVEY'S
SHEFFIELD.. Peter HARVEY.
Published in 1981 by Sheaf Publishing, Sheffield.See below.
ISBN 0 9505458 6 4.
A THIRD HELPING OF PETER HARVEY'S
SHEFFIELD. Peter HARVEY.
Published in 1986 by Sheaf Publishing, Sheffield.This series of books by Peter Harvey,
a long time, popular writer of The Star, the daily Sheffield newspaper,
consists mostly of old black and white postcards, circa 1900 &
later, collected by Peter or loaned to him by local residents.
The books also chronicle fashions of the day, modes of transport,
celebrations, tragedies, visits by Royalty, plus many copies of
posters and advertisements of the day.
ISBN 1 85048 000 1.
THE RUDDS OF MARTON
- by Beryl
- Published November 2001 (74 pages)
The origins and history of the Rudd family who bought the estate
of Marton-in-Cleveland (near modern day Middlesbrough) in 1786
from Sir John Ramsden, and built Marton Lodge there, which burnt
down in 1832. The book gives a lot of information on the Rudd
family in a factual, but easy to read style, and also contains
a comprehensive index of both names and places listed to assist
researchers. Several pages of photographs and copies of documents
etc. are included at the rear of the book along with four comprehensive
pedigrees covering most of the people mentioned in it.
HALLAMSHIRE WORTHIES (Notable Men and Women of Sheffield), Rev W ODOM Published in 1926 by J.W.Northend Ltd, Sheffield.
T' HEFT AN' BLADES O' SHEVVIELD, by Thomas WINDER.
Published in Sheffield in 1907 by the Sheffield Independent Press, Ltd., 21 Fargate.
On the fun side, this book was written
by a Yorksgener's great-uncle. It is a book of Yorkshire
dialect stories and antiquarian papers. Some reasonably large
extracts have been posted to the Yorksgen list so readers may
be able to find these in the list archives.
WHAT JANE AUSTEN ATE AND CHARLES DICKENS
KNEW (From Fox Hunting to Whist - the Facts of Daily Life in 19th
Century England), Daniel
POOL. Published in 1993 by Touchstone Books (New York),
division of Simon and Schuster. Also published in 1998 by
This guide clarifies the sometimes
bizarre maze of rules, regulations and customs that governed everyday
life in Victorian England. It provides details on the Church of
England, sex, Parliament, dinner parties, country house visiting,
and a host of other aspects of 19th- century English life - both
upstairs and downstairs.
. Arnold CROWTHER. Published in 1977
by Dalesman Publishing.
Chapters on hearth and home, characters, superstitions, folk rhymes, things that go bump in the night, and more. Illustrated with drawings.
ISBN 0 85206 250 8.
THE YORKSHIRE COINERS 1767-1783 &
NOTES ON OLD & PREHISTORIC HALIFAX.
by H Ling ROTH.. Published by S R Publishers Ltd, East Ardsley,
Fully indexed. Very comprehensive history of the coiners and their trials. History of the Halifax gibbet, the Brontes, much social history, brief family histories.
ISBN 0 85409 730 9
FORTY YEARS IN A MOORLAND PARISH. Rev. J. C. ATKINSON. Published in 1987 by M.T.D. Rigg Publications.
Reprint of original published 1891, with added photos, many by Sutcliffe. Notes and reminiscences on customs, history, geology and folklore of Danby and neighbouring parishes.
SOME REMINISCENCES AND FOLKLORE OF DANBY PARISH AND DISTRICT Joseph FORD. 2nd ed. Published in 1990 by M.T.D. Rigg Publications. 1st published 1953.
Collected works by a life-long resident of the parish, who died in 1944 at age 74.
TALES FROM THE YORK SCAFFOLD - Trials and Capital Punishment carried out at York
A nice booklet, it contains accounts
of criminals Dick Turpin, Eugene Aram, Spencer Broughton, Jonathan
Martin, some ladies and the scaffold, lady killers, William Dove,
Patrick Reid and a brief history and calendar of capital punishment
in York. The book is recommended, Naismith's writing style
is in the Stockdill idiom, and the book makes a good read - no
J S NAISMITH. Published in 1996 by C J Atkinson, York.
ISBN 0 9529701 0 4.
YORKSHIRE WIT, CHARACTER, FOLKLORE
AND CUSTOMS of the North Riding of Yorkshire.
Richard BLAKEBOROUGH. Published
in 1973 by EP Publishing Ltd. First published in 1898.
Customs of the year, witchcraft,
sayings, children's lore, poems, etc. Includes a glossary.
ISBN 0 85409 785 6
YORKSHIRE ODDITIES, INCIDENTS AND
STRANGE EVENTS, S. BARING-GOULD: Originally in two Volumes. Now republished as one by Smith Settle.
Anecdotes and folklore. Entertaining characters, disreputable and otherwise.
THE YORKSHIRE DICTIONARY OF DIALECT, TRADITION AND FOLKLORE.
The Yorkshire Dictionary comprises: dialect words and expressions; traditions and customs of every
kind and names from lore and legend. The entries cover working life, food and domestic items, sport and recreation, children's
games, local rhymes and sayings, calendar customs and topographical features. The introduction gives an account of the historical
background to Yorkshire dialect, its present state and prospects for the future; and guidance on pronunciation and spelling.
A reference book and a browser's delight.
Arnold KELLET. Illustrated by Peter KEARNEY. Published by Smith Settle.
YORKSHIRE GHOSTS, W R MITCHELL - Published in 1977 by Dalesman Publishing Co. Clapham
A collection of local Yorkshire stories describing some of the counties strange happenings.
ISBN 085206 401 2
CANON ATKINSON AND HIS COUNTRY
. Tom Scott BURNS.
Biography of Canon Atkinson of Danby parish with genealogy, old photos of family and area.
Published in 1986 by M.T.D. Rigg Publications.
ISBN 0 9509191 6 0.
THE DIARY OF ROBERT SHARP OF SOUTH CAVE Janice E. CROWTHER and Peter A. CROWTHER.
Published in 1997 by The British Academy, Oxford University Press.
The (true) diary of a gentleman from South Cave who was the local tax collector, constable, etc. Describes
day to day events with many foot notes by the editors explaining items or people in the text. Robert Sharp gives opinions of his
neighbours, providing interesting character development.
VARIOUS BOOKS. by Hannah HAUXWELL and Barry COCKCROFT -
Too many to list individual ISBNs and titles here.
Hannah's Yorkshire, The Ways of a Yorkshire Dale, Daughter of the Dales, A Celebration of Yorkshire, Hannah's North Countryand others.
Hannah Hauxwell is an elderly white-haired lady who achieved instant fame when she became the subject of a hugely successful TV documentary,
chronicling her tough life alone on a remote Yorkshire farm. One of her TV series was Hannah in America.
THE JAMES HERRIOT VET BOOKS. James HERRIOT
Too many to list individual ISBNs and titles here. Should be still current.
James Herriot, alias the late Dr. Alf Wight of Glasgow and Thirsk, ran a veterinary practice in the Yorkshire Dales. The many
'Vet Book' are a wonderful collection of triumphs, failures and embarrassments as the stories unfold of memorable and diverse
characters, both animal and human. Books to laugh out loud with and to cause the occasional tear. A "must read".
THE NAGARS OF RUNSWICK BAY J.S.JOHNSON (Jazzer). Published
in 1992 by Runswick Bay Publications. (There were 2 previous publishers, HUB Publications 1973, and Caedmon Press 1985.) 190 pages.
"In this book Jazzer tells, in an often humorous way, of how life used to be for the Nagars
(those born in Runswick Bay) before things changed. It tells of the childhood games, schoolboy pranks, ancient customs, fishing,
lifeboats, village characters, curious traditions and many other things." Jazzer was born in 1911 and the account covers
his early days up to the outbreak of WW2, with a few comments on post war years. Jazzer attended Whitby County School and
acquired the Nickname "Jazzer" from a Pork Butcher's in Church Street, Whitby whose shop sign read "Jas.R.Johnson". The
original publisher decided to leave the book, as far as possible, in Jazzer's local dialect, which adds immensely to the book's
attraction. As a single village study of the period it is a good read.
ISBN 0 9519952 0 0
THE FIGHTING SIMMONSs OF BEVERLEY, Don CHESTER George,Maud and Joseph Simmons, born in humble circumstances in Beverley, nevertheless
gained infantry officer commissions under Wellington in the Peninsular War,1809-14. Two of the three reached retirement after many years of meritorious service.A fourth brother,
Charles,a Colonial Surgeon, is recognised as Founder of Beverley, Western Australia. The soldiers' story in succinct booklet form provides an insight into military life of the period. Reference copies
are in some East Riding libraries. For any other enquiries
please email the author
THE YORKSHIRE GENEALOGIST AND THE YORKSHIRE BIBLIOGRAPHER, edited
by J. Horsfall TURNER, printed for the editor by T. Harrison, Queen Street, Bingley, Yorkshire in 1888.
Over 800 pages of small format, six and one quarter inches wide by eight and one half inches high
in hard maroon coloured binding. A gem, full of Yorkshire family data, mostly as of the mid 19th century, but many tables
and trees ranging back as far as the 1500s. If you find a used copy somewhere, get it by all means. It is rare.
Most people who have a copy will not part with it.
KYNGESTONE-UPON-HULL.William Anderson GUNNELL.
Published in 1875 by JH Ellis. Bookbinder of 7 Vincent St Hull. 515 pages.
An amazing book giving a history of key people from Hull from 1640. (The copy owned by the
recommender has written in purple by hand in the margin, 'the whole of these manuscripts a forgery - probably by one Richardson'.)
Includes: 6 pages of subscribers, country-wide; Vignettes on Robert de Appleton, Liversegge, N Pund, Robert Atte Crosse,
Simon de Sunman, Robert Rotenheryn, Robert de Sleby, and Milo de Stapleton; a large glossary of 'terms used in this work which
have now become obsolete'; and a large index of names in alphabetic order.
CATHOLIC MISSIONERS AT GROSMONT PRIORY by GW BODDY. Published in 1976 by North
Yorkshire County Record Office.
Outlines the history of residents from 1592 to 10th February 1601.
THE DAWNAY ARCHIVE Jennifer PERRY. Published
in 1976 by North Yorkshire County Record Office.
The archive is one of the largest privately deposited in the County Record Office. Relates
principally to estates in Danby, Wykeham, Baldersby, Sessay, Cowlick and Snaith.
In this book each of the longstanding Barden and Garriston families has given a personal account of their past successes and setbacks.
It includes hundreds of names to jog your memory, over 200 photographs, and a good measure of humour too. It should be fascinating to
anyone who likes walking down memory lane and will hopefully remind the young people of the district of their roots when they start
Principle family names are - Bailey, Barker, Blenkiron, Bolam, Brown, Cansfield, Cockfield, Dixon, Foster, Hird, Hodgson, Janney, Loadman,
Lockey, Mileham, Nelson, Pearson, Poole, Pounder, Read, Russell, Sayer, Storey, Terry, Thwaites, Tighe. There are also detailed
sections on the school and chapel.
For further details, please phone Peter and June Underwood on (+44) 01969 624259 or (+44) 01296 612575. The book costs £10
(plus £2.50 p&p (UK) if we cannot deliver it to you personally). A proportion of any profit on the sale will be donated to the
Air Ambulance Service. There is also an ADDENDUM to this book at
YORKSHIRE MILL TOWN TRADITIONS. W. R. MITCHELL. Published in 1978 by Dalesman Publishing.
West Riding mill town life from 1900 to 1935.
ISBN 0 85206 483 7.
THE WOOLLEN INDUSTRY. Chris ASPIN. Published in 1994 by Shire Publications Ltd.
Not limited to Yorkshire but almost entirely about it. History of the industry and description of how cloth is made.
ISBN 0 85263 598 2.
COLNE VALLEY CLOTH: From the Earliest Times to the Present Day.
Phyllis BENTLEY. Published in 1947 by Huddersfield and District Woollen Export Group
About cloth manufacture. Illustrated with drawings, woodcuts. Beautiful pull-out map of the Cloth District in colour.
YORKSHIRE TEXTILE MILLS 1770-1930. Colum GILES and Ian H. GOODALL. Published in 1992 by London, HMSO.
Intensive survey documenting production, buildings, power sources. Many photos and diagrams. Includes inventory of selected mills and gazetteer.
ISBN 0 11 300038 3.
HISTORY OF THE HUDDERSFIELD WOOLLEN
INDUSTRY. W. B. CRUMP and G.
GHORBAL. Published in 1988 by Kirklees Leisure Services.
Reprint of 1935 original. Very detailed
study from Middle Ages through Huddersfield manufacturers at The
Great Exhibition of 1851. Describes mills, machines and many mill
owners. Old photos.
ISBN 0900746 26 2.
IN THE NORTH OF ENGLAND. The Yorkshire
Moors and Dales.Rob TALBOT
and Robin WHITEMAN. Published in 1991. In U.S., by Rizzoli International
Publications, NY; in UK, George Weidenfeld and Nicolson Ltd.
Beautiful photos with explanatory
text featuring the areas around Whitby, Guisborough, Pickering,
York, Richmond, Skipton, Sedburgh.
Compiled by Clive TORRENS..Published by Drystone
Publications, Preston Under Scar.
200 postcard views of all the villages
in the dale and its tributary valleys from East Witton in the
east to Moorcock in the west.
WEST YORKSHIRE; Shire County Guide
21. Colin SPEAKMAN. Published
in 1988 by Shire Publications Ltd.
Concise guidebook to towns, parks,
buildings, canals, museums, churches, archaeology, etc.
ISBN 0 85263 936 8.
JAMES HERRIOT'S YORKSHIRE.
James HERRIOT. Published by the Penguin
Group, 27 Wrights Lane, London W8 5TZ,England. Penguin Australia,
Canada, NZ.; & by Viking Penguin in the USA.
A beautifully illustrated book of
the north & eastern part of England's largest county. The
book is full of vivid descriptions and anecdotes by Yorkshire's
most famous veterinary surgeon, James Herriot, the late Dr. Alf
Wight of Glasgow and Thirsk.
ISBN 0 7181 1753 0. or ISBN 0 7181 2144 9.
A JOURNEY THROUGH YORKSHIRE
, Published in 1997 by Jarrold Publishing.
A beautiful book, full of colour
pictures of England's largest county. 64 pages.
ISBN 0 7117 0608 5.
THE UPPER HOLME VALLEY.
S.J. STREEK. Hardcover Published in 1972 by Ridings
What striking word pictures the author
paints of a land both hard and soft at the same time.For
anyone researching Yorkshire from afar, particularly the Southern
Pennines, this book is a must read.
THE BACKBONE OF ENGLAND,
W A POUCHER. Published in 1946 by Billing &
Sons Ltd., Guilford and Esher
A Photographic and descriptive guide to the Pennine range from
Derbyshire to Durham.
YORKSHIRE FROM THE AIR,
BARRIE & JENKINS Published in 1989 by Leopard,
a division of Random House UK Ltd
Aerial Photographs covering key places
and points of interest in Yorkshire photographed by Aerofilms
ISBN 0 7529 0423 X
THE VANISHING LAND.
Alan WHITE ( or A L White). Hardcover published
in June 1982 by Collins. It has also been published in Paperback,
but not known by whom.
This book tells of a farming family
and how they lose their land due to the Enclosure Acts. The shock
of it all destroys the father and the book goes on to tell how
his offspring disperse and have to find ways of surviving. It
is well worth reading to get an overview the mood of the times.
There are supposed to be two companion books but thus far I haven't
been able to get hold of them or find their titles.
THE NOVELS OF THE BRONTE SISTERS.
Agnes Grey, Anne Bronte
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, Anne Bronte
Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte
Shirley, Charlotte Bronte
Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte
The HEARTBEAT Stories.
Nicholas Rhea. Published from ca. 1991.
Nicholas Rhea is the alias of Peter
N. Walker, a former police inspector in North Yorkshire.
These are fictional tales of a policeman in a remote village in
the North York Moors in the 1950s. Many of these books should
still be current.
There are too many individual titles and ISBNs to list here.
HEARTBEAT OF YORKSHIRE
by Nicholas Rhea.
A TV tie-in book about the villages
and countryside in which the TV version of the Heartbeat books
by Keith WATERHOUSE
Too many to list individual titles
and ISBNs here, many still current.
Keith Waterhouse is a Leeds-born author and newspaper columnist,
and a very successful novelist.A hugely funny writer, BILLY
LIAR is his most famous work, which has been turned into a
film, TV series, stage play and West End musical.
BASIC BROAD YORKSHIRE
by Arnold Kellett
Basic Broad Yorkshire is "a practical
compendium of Yorkshire dialect. Chapters include the origins
of Yorkshire dialect; pronunciation and spelling; and chapters
on grammar, idioms and oddities.There is a section on traditional
sayings and songs, and a selection of dialect prose and verse"
The Yorkshire Dictionary of Dialect,
Tradition and Folklore by Arnold
The Yorkshire Dictionary of Dialect,
Tradition and Folklore is essentially just that - a dictionary
which covers all Yorkshire dialect.Where a particular word or
phrase is associated with a particular Riding it is noted as such.
It also gives a historical background of Yorkshire dialect.
The author of both the above books, Arnold
Kellett " was formerly head of modern languages at King James's
School, Karesborough, where the Dictionary's illustrator Peter
Kearney, was head of art and design.Arnold Kellett has twice
been mayor of Knaresborough, and is a well-known local historian.
He was awarded a PhD in 1986 and the Yorkshire History Prize
in 1988 and the Bramley History Prize in 1992.Dr. Kellett's
publications include Historic Knaresborough (1991) and Basic Broad
Yorkshire (1992). He is currently editor of the Transactions of
the Yorkshire Dialect Society, of which he is an enthusiastic
BRITISH SHEEP BREEDS
..Published by Shire Albums
There are more than sixty different
breeds in Britain.The sheep industry is based on a stratified
system which makes the best use of the harsh mountains of Scotland,
Wales and northern England, as well as of the more fertile and
mild regions of southern Britain.it has helped to develop
a rich range of specialist regional breed types.This book
places the breeds into intelligible groups by outlining the way
the national industry works, classifying the different roles and
determining where each breed fits into the overall picture.
Includes: The fleece; primitive breeds; mountain breeds; hill
breeds; longwool breeds; down breeds and places to visit.
YORKSHIRE DALES PLACE NAMES.
Robert GAMBLES..Published in 1995 by
Dalesman Publishing Co Ltd. of Skipton.
More than 600 of the places most
familiar to visitors have been chosen and classified under the
main dales. Full glossary and index. Covers:
Note on the languages; Swaledale with Arkengarthdale; Wensleydale
with Bishopdale and Coverdale; Dentdale with Garsdale; Ribblehead
with Kingsdale; Firedale with Malhamdale; Wharfedale with Littondale
and Langstrothdale; Upper Nidderdale
THE OXFORD DICTIONARY OF ENGLISH PLACE
NAMES. A.D. MILLS.
From the OUP web pages, "This
is the most authoritative and up-to-date dictionary of English
place-names available in paperback. From Abbas Combe to
Zennor, it gives the meaning and origin of over 12,000 place-names,
tracing their development from earliest times to the present day.
Essential reference for the tourist or local historian, it is
absorbing reading for anyone interested in the names of our towns
Published by Oxford University Press.
GARDENS OF ENGLAND AND WALES 1993
Published by the National Gardens Scheme
A useful handbook as it covers 3,000
private gardens (and therefore houses) not necessarily covered
in PEVSNER. Gives descriptions of gardens and owners at
publication dates. 7 pages for Yorkshire.
CATHEDRALS OF BRITAIN
David L EDWARDS Published by Pitkin Guides
Beautiful colour plates.
MOVIE MAKERS AND PICTURE PALACES:
A Century of Cinema in Yorkshire, 1896-1996
G.J. Mellor, Sir David Puttnam. Paperback - 320 pages.
Published 1996 by Bradford Arts, Museums and Libraries Service;
"POM-POMS AND RUFFLES, The Story
of Northern Seaside Entertainment", Yorkshire.
The book from which the information
on Scarborough entertainers was posted to the Yorksgen mailing
list (Aug 1999).
No details known.
THEY MADE US LAUGH
G.J. MELLOR. Published in
1982, hardcover by George Kelsall.
HOW IT ALL BEGAN IN YORKSHIRE,
by Maurice BAREN. Published in 1997 by
Dalesman Publishing Company Ltd.
Tells the fascinating stories of
the everyday products that we have around the house and which
are taken for granted. "These household items have
stood the test of time, and their names have become part of the
language. Often they began in a small way, or by chance, or against
all the odds&. How It All Began is lively and informative,
and complemented throughout by colour and black-and-white illustrations.
It is a nostalgic journey back into the past, a chance to see
again the old adverts, packages or slogans &. It is
a dipping book, a gift book, an encyclopaedia of social history
- a book to always have on the shelf."
Published by SMITH SETTLE LTD. Freepost
LS5407 OTLEY, West Yorkshire LS21 1YY
This subscription journal contained articles on just about
every aspect of Yorkshire, both ancient and modern, and everything
in between. Topics one issue include: the 1829 York
Minster fire, poetry, laying an egg in church, the Tan Hill Sheep
Show, church history, Yorkshire plants and animals, the West Riding
rag trade, historic wall paintings, Richmond Castle, music at
Yorkshire universities, Yorkshire customs, plague stones, weather
lore, an apparatus for disinfecting a broody hen, flithering,
building and bell restoration, local history, art, a peppermint
still, a C17th journey by the Mirfield Vicar to the parson at
Chapel Allerton, news and comment.
I was sent the following information by Keith Heywood in 2015:
Smith Settle sold the magazine to the Dalesman around 2002,
and they published it for a further year or so and then closed it.
A similar fate befell the other small Yorkshire magazines.
In 2010 a group of people decided to start publication of a magazine
along the same lines, but as a free on-line journal, and it has been
published quarterly since then.
A new website has recently been created from which the complete archive
can be freely downloaded.The url is
brief description is:
The journal aims to bring all writers interested in Yorkshire's heritage,
past and present, with their stories and non-fiction articles to a world
wide audience. It features articles on its stunning landscape, picturesque
villages, historic towns and cities, customs, traditions, curiosities and
the history of its people.
With thanks to Jane Lachs for converting the book list
into HTML, to all the members of Yorksgen who contributed information
about the books, and finally to the Genuki organisation for hosting
this page along with the rest of the Genuki Yorkshire pages.
Elizabeth Agar, August 1999
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