Thursday, August 7, 2014

Those Places Thursday ~ Yorkshire


August 1st was Yorkshire Day. I discovered this holiday from Days of the Year that afternoon. I originally wanted to do a post about it that day, but that wasn't enough time to do a little research on Yorkshire.

In 1974 the Yorkshire Ridings Society discussed the idea of Yorkshire Day and decided on the day August 1 because it was also the anniversary of the Battle of Minden. 

Each year members of the society read a declaration of the integrity of Yorkshire at the four of Bars of York (city gates); namely Bootham Bar, Walmgate Bar, Monk Bar, and Mickelgate Bar. The declaration reads as follows:

"I, (name), being a resident of the [West/North/East] Riding of Yorkshire [or City of York] declare: 

That Yorkshire is three Ridings and the City of York, with these Boundaries of 1134 years standing;
That the address of all places in these Ridings is Yorkshire;

That all persons born therein or resident therein and loyal to the Ridings are Yorkshiremen and women;
That any person or corporate body which deliberately ignores or denies the aforementioned shall forfeit all claim to Yorkshire status.
These declarations made this Yorkshire Day [year]. God Save the Queen!”

There are a few notable Yorkshire folk that you are probably familiar with, but my favorite is Patrick Stewart who was also the subject of one of last year's episodes of Who Do You Think You Are? in the UK. I watched the episode this morning and found it very moving. You should check it out.


Have you ever wondered about Yorkshire Pudding? I thought it was a yummy desert I could dig into with a spoon. It's not. I would call it biscuits and gravy. Well, like anyone else with Yorkshire ancestry I have got to try it at least once.

Watch this chef in action.

 
If you are keen on making your own Yorkshire Pudding, check out this plethora of recipes

The main reason I am so interested in Yorkshire is because my mysterious 2nd great-grandfather Thomas Cotton Smedley was married to my 2nd great-grandmother in Sheffield, Yorkshire and their son Thomas Joynes was born in Wombwell, Yorkshire.

It turns out that I have a few more ancestors from Yorkshire.
  • Thomas Taylor (1748-1837) & Mary Lee (1751-1830) married in Harthill, Yorkshire. I am just now learning some new information on this couple. I sense a post coming on.
  • William Goforth & Anne Skipwith, immigrant Quaker ancestors from Hull. Anne was the daughter of Willoughby Skipwith and Honora Saunders. Honora Skipwith died 1679 York Castle as a prisoner for being a Quaker.






Let's see if I can find a good Yorkshire Pudding recipe and eat as some of my ancestors. :-)
Leslie Ann

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