Yorkshire

Fascinating facts about Yorkshire:

  • Highest mountain: Mickle Fell – 2,591 feet
  • Longest river: River Aire – 88 miles
  • Largest natural lake: Hornsea Mere – 467 acres
  • Highest waterfall: Hardraw Force – 100 feet
  • Highest earth filled dam: Scammonden – 242 feet
  • Most inland port: Selby – 66 miles from the North Sea
  • Highest sea-cliff: Boulby, nr Staithes – 666 feet
  • Largest river drainage area: River Dervent – 758 sq miles

Historical facts on Yorkshire:

  • Oldest inn (in England): Bingley Arms, Bardsey – 905 AD
  • Oldest school (in England): St Peter’s, York – AD627
  • Longest single-word place-name: Sutton-under-Whitestonecliffe – 27 letters

Famous Yorkshire inventions and discoveries:

  • Catseyes (on the road) : Percy Shaw, Halifax
  • The Lock, Hydraulic Press and Beer Pump: Joseph Bramah, Stainborough
  • The Glider: Sir George Cayley, Brompton
  • The properties of Oxygen: Joseph Priestley, Fieldhead, Bristall
  • The Mechanical Wool Comb: Samuel Cunliffe-Lister, First Baron of Masham
  • Stainless Steel: Harry Brearley, Sheffield, 1913
  • The Steam Locomotive: Matthew Murray, Leeds 1790

Famous Yorkshire Folk:

  • Frederick Delius (1862 – 1934) composer
  • Guy Fawkes (1570 – 1606) conspirator
  • Dick Turpin (1706 1739) highwayman
  • Thomas Chippendale (1718 – 1779) cabinet-maker
  • Captain James Cook (1728 – 1779) navigator and explorer
  • William Wilberforce (1759 –1833) anti-slavery reformer
  • David Hockney
  • Sean Bean
  • Jarvis Cocker
  • Jeremy Clarkson
  • Adrian Moorhouse
  • Prince Naseem
  • Gareth Gates
  • Jessica Ennis-Hill
  • Judi Dench
  • Betty Boothroyd
  • Emily Bronte
  • Helen Sharman
  • Amy Johnson
  • Helen Fielding
  • Jodie Whittaker
  • Corinne Bailey-Rae
  • Barbara Hepworth

For more information on attractions and events in Yorkshire:
Visit www.yorkshire.com

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