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Posts Tagged ‘yorkshire’

06 Oct 2010

Bronte Pasonage Museum, Haworth

Bronte Pasonage Museum, Haworth

Home of the Bronte family, immaculately restored and full of original items including clothes, furniture ("here's the couch where Emily died"), tiny books written by the girls and even some fading sketches on the bedroom wall made by famous hands. A freezing day with the wind blowing across the moors helped set the scene. Immortalised for me in Jasper Fforde's The Eyre Affair (like most things in the Ffordian universe the reality was sort of the same but different) We first encountered ea...

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06 Oct 2010

Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire

Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire

Hebden Bridge is a cool little town on the edge of the Pennines in Yorkshire. It's a 500-year-old former mill town that by the 60s was apparently dying after the British textile industry collapsed, only to undergo a rebirth in the 70s and 80s as uni students, artists and hippies moved in (see http://www.hebdenbridge.co.uk). Hebden has a feel that reminds me of Bellingen - a lack of chain stores, alternative energy, cafes, culture, the feeling that it's slowly getting more gentrified. We st...

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04 Oct 2010

Wensleydale

Wensleydale

After leaving Robert and Judy, sadly, in breathtaking South Dalton we hit the road for Hebden Bridge but made a 2 and a half hour detour to the Yorkshire Dales as I had to see the Dales. Yet again breathtaking countryside. Narrow roads/lanes lined with drystone walls. Rambling hills and fields all broken up with stones walls. Along the tops of parts of the huge hills, huge mounds of rocks were visable leading me to believe that this is the source of all or some of the rock used in the making of ...

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04 Oct 2010

York

York

Spent a blustery afternoon in York, checking out the old town centre, minster and Viking archaeological museum and "multimedia experience" The Yorvik Centre (interesting but too many gimmicky wax dummies for me). ...

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03 Oct 2010

South Dalton, Yorkshire

South Dalton, Yorkshire

We stayed with my Uncle Robert and Aunty Judy in South Dalton, near Beverly in East Yorkshire. It's been 25 years since we last met . They live in a house that's in the grounds of Dalton Estate, home to the Hotham family's grand 18th century stately home. Think private woods teeming with pheasants, gamekeepers, topiary, a coachhouse, an enormous walled kitchen garden. A highlight for me was going though old photos and documents with Robert. Got to see lots of old pictures of my dad - wh...

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