Tagged with Yorkshire history

Jews Behaving Badly

This is from the Newcastle Chronicle of August 1766. Fraud is not a new crime, clearly, but this pair seem to have been at it for some time. Yesterday two Jews were taken into custody in Dukes-place for going about this city, pretending to be constables and taking people into custody into order to extort … Continue reading

Law Abiding in Yorkshire, 1766

This is from the Newcastle Chronicle of July 1766. It is noteworthy as soon after this, the south and west of England erupted in food riots. This region remained calm as they ate mostly potatoes instead of suffering speculation in wheat which caused bread to skyrocket in price. York, July 22 Last Friday the assizes … Continue reading

Battle of Fairs

There were many problems caused by the urbanisation of Britain; houses had to be build fast, and were often overcrowded and substandard. Before railways allowed mass movement of food, fairs and markets were crucial in ensuring food supplies, especially to the ‘great wen’ of London. Markets and fairs were conducted by licence, often of long … Continue reading

Market Fraudsters

Sale of goods in open markets was seen as a means of ensuring fair trading – the goods were in clear sight, they could be investigated, but there were many scams to cheat this system. I have read of butter being sold that had a core of lard with only a surface of butter around … Continue reading

Halifax Cloth Hall Saved

The present government’s policy of slashing local government funding has caused massive problems in preserving heritage sites and museums, so here’s a rare bit of good news. This is from the i paper of 5 April An 18th century trading centre of  Yorkshire handloom weavers is to get a new lease of life as a … Continue reading

The Bogle of Mulgrave Woods

This is from Highways & Byways in Yorkshire where the author mentions country stories of gnomes and fairies that may continue their pranks today: There was one such in those Mulgrave Woods… Her name was Jeanie; she may still e there for aught I know, but few will go look for her when they hear … Continue reading

Curse Tablets

Here is an extraordinary item from Highways & Byways on Yorkshire, as it raises a lot of questions as to its origins: At Gretna Bridge not many years ago was found a pair of tablets which illustrate so luridly the manner in which the hate of families found vent,… Two leaden plates were dug out … Continue reading

The Hand of Glory

I’ve never herd of this before, though I’ve had the Bloody Hand of Ulster pointed out to me in a few old buildngs. This is from Highways & Byways in Yorkshire, citing the Folklore Society “Wild and varied as I know the superstitions of my native country to be, I must plead guilty to some … Continue reading

Feeding the Poor, 1795 England

I’ve been dipping into Humphrey Jennings’ wonderful collection of historical sources, Pandaemonium. It’s a huge tome and was as major inspiration to Danny Boyle and his colleagues in staging the opening for the 2012 London Olympics. I seem to be doing a similar thing here – presenting documents as images to – I hesitate to … Continue reading

Names in the Landscape

Names in the Landscape

There were a lot of casualties when English fields were enclosed: locals lost homes and much of their income. The old names, full of history and imagery were often lost tool. Here are some, from the book by Paul Jennings, ‘The Living Village’: From Crayke, Yorkshire: Fanny Field Ninepenny Piece Crabmills Archers Close Flagon Flats … Continue reading