Now then! A Yorkshire Almanac for 2022

Yorkshire on this day, comprising (now!) modern events in heaven and on earth, and (then!) 340 entries (221,042 words) of tagged, customisable historical data relating to the last 6,000 years, quoted from 548 more-or-less contemporaneous accounts. Brought to you free by Leeds’s Singing Organ-Grinder and benefactors. In progress - 2023 beta printed edition for sale late 2022. Musical presentations with street organ!

All entries in reverse order of posting

  1. 1761/01/10 - Jane Delamoth dies and is remembered in shorthand at St Mary’s, Sculcoates (Hull)
  2. 1935/01/09 - Back from Bear Island, the trawler Edgar Wallace capsizes in the Humber at Hull, killing 15
  3. 1643/05/04 - The Royalists take Rotherham and begin a search for the preacher John Shawe
  4. 1831/03/25 - Esther Dyson of Ecclesfield (Sheffield), charged with decapitating her infant daughter, is judged insane because she is deaf-mute
  5. 1642/12/28 - Four months into the Civil War, the radical Puritan John Shawe of Rotherham advocates the stripping of churches to St. Mary’s, Beverley
  6. 1668/04/25 - In her will, Susannah Eyre rewards curious neighbours
  7. 1647/02/15 - “A stranger and pilgrim in the world,” Adam Eyre of Thurleston determines in his will where and how he is to be buried
  8. 1726/01/05 - Mr. Wordsworth of New Laithes grange (Horsforth) shows evidence of an attempted burglary
  9. 1726/01/01 - Heavy snow stops the post and kills parson William Baines of Dronfield at Froggatt Moss
  10. 1735/01/01 - Silkstone parish sends the presumably destitute James Lindly (7) as a servant to John Hobson in Dodworth
  11. 1734/05/18 - Epitaph on the tombstone of the prolific William Strutton of Patrington, buried this day
  12. 1734/05/01 - “The forwardest spring that ever was known in the memory of man”
  13. 1733/12/31 - John Hobson looks back on an unusually warm December
  14. 1733/10/24 - Sir John Stapylton of Myton-on-Swale’s political career is terminated by a sheep
  15. 1733/10/08 - John Hobson bids £1,400 for most of Delph, including the famous Friarmere bakestone pit
  16. 1733/04/30 - John Hobson sacks his maidservant for alcohol abuse
  17. 2022/03/24 - John Hobson reports a rush to get married while licences are still in Latin, but why is that superior to English?
  18. 1732/05/29 - Old William Lindley of Dodworth tells various marvellous stories from his youth
  19. 1732/05/05 - William Lindley of Dodworth recalls how charcoal burners would cheat coal merchants in around 1660
  20. 1732/05/18 - George Crooks of Barnsley is buried, victim of a drunken lodgings in a hedge
  21. 1732/04/03 - Mr. Spencer’s great ox is killed at Barnsley
  22. 1731/09/22 - Death of a mad mule-baiter
  23. 1731/09/12 - Edward Garner of Dodworth dies, perhaps the victim of his runaway horse
  24. 1731/03/22 - “Vegetable caterpillars” amidst the artichokes at Dodworth
  25. 1730/11/28 - A suicided chicken-thief is impaled at Rothwell
  26. 1730/10/10 - John Hobson observes a fiery red star to the north over Barnsley
  27. 1812/11/17 - A doggerel inscription at St. George’s, Doncaster, commemorates two sons of ringing master Robert Smith, the first of whom died by his father’s bells
  28. 1837/09/07 - Before being sent to the West Riding Pauper Lunatic Asylum, Mary Frances Heaton is gaoled at Doncaster for a breach of the peace, which she later recounts in a sampler
  29. 1863/08/11 - A painful scene at the burial of Adam Watson at Worsbrough Dale (Barnsley)
  30. 1863/08/08 - The police are invited to an illegal cricket match at Woodhouse Moor (Leeds) designed to test the byelaws passed during its conversion from common land to “People’s Park”
  31. 1644/06/16 - Parliament breaches York’s walls with a mine next to St Mary’s Tower, destroying monastic records, but loses 300 men in the ensuing fighting
  32. 1730/08/18 - Elizabeth Hawksworth is fatally injured as she tries to climb onto a horse behind her husband
  33. 1730/07/25 - John Hobson encounters two outlandish, free-living men at Thirsk
  34. 1730/05/27 - John Hobson writes off two thirds of a £48 debt because the debtor has fled to Crayke (Easingwold) in the Liberty of Durham
  35. 1730/04/28 - John Hobson meets a nematicide at Woodall (Rotherham)
  36. 1730/03/28 - John Hobson pays his Easter dues to the rector
  37. 1730/03/11 - News that John Barber, heir to Gawbert Hall (Lightcliffe), has married a servant
  38. 1730/02/05 - News that Cyril Arthington of Arthington Hall has drunk himself to death on the birth of his son and heir
  39. 1699/07/26 - Doncaster magistrates hear that Dr. Greene, mountebank, assaulted those who sought to prevent his show
  40. 1728/08/19 - An elderly gamekeeper at Pilley recalls the extrajudicial execution of a Dodworth man on the orders of young Sir Francis Wortley during the Civil War
  41. 1854/10/14 - During the Crimean War, Queen Victoria tours the docks of Hull, which is compared to Constantinople
  42. 1728/05/25 - King Jessop, the fighting rector of Treeton (Rotherham), is buried at Sheffield, and is remembered for his punch and his parody
  43. 1728/03/13 - Wild daffodils in the hedges at Wickersley (Rotherham)
  44. 1728/01/04 - Martha Savile is buried at Mexborough in her mother’s coffin, apparently at the age of 100
  45. 1727/11/21 - The funeral of Cornelius Wood of Barnsley, who died that rabbits might live slightly longer
  46. 1727/10/05 - Francis West of Higham (Barnsley) dies aged 80, a witness of the deforestation caused by demand for charcoal in iron production
  47. 1727/06/28 - Gentlemen at Barnsley wear cockades in their hats to celebrate the proclamation of George II, but why red and orange?
  48. 1674/10/31 - A sozzled Silvanus Rich rides into the River Calder in flood at Wakefield bridge and is washed away, but survives
  49. 1818/02/14 - 17 girls aged 9-18 die in a fire at Thomas Atkinson’s cotton mill at Colne Bridge, near Huddersfield, but the counting house and warehouse are saved
  50. 1726/12/02 - The Rev. Hopkins of Kirkheaton emasculates himself to prevent any further “criminal conversations” with his housekeeper
  51. 1726/10/09 - Two horsemen attack the house of Mr. Goodwin, rector of Tankersley, near Barnsley
  52. 1726/09/20 - Dodworth (Barnsley) gets its first window glass
  53. 1603/07/25 - Sir Richard Wortley, persecutor of his neighbours, dies, and is zoomorphized as the protagonist of the ballad of the Dragon of Wantley
  54. 1514/08/08 - Sir Thomas Wortley’s death inaugurates the memorial he has built for himself at Wharncliffe
  55. 1729/04/15 - John Hobson, hypochondriac, of Dodworth Green, near Barnsley, believes he is about to die
  56. 1643/11/01 - Sam Priestley of Soyland saves a Royalist enemy from drowning in Hebden Water at the Battle of Heptonstall, and dies later of pneumonia
  57. 1717/02/27 - Julia Calverley of Esholt Hall completes ten panels of needlework currently displayed at Wallington Hall, Northumberland
  58. 1715/10/03 - Government agents arrive at Esholt Hall in search of Sir Walter Calverley’s Jacobite brother-in-law, Sir William Blackett
  59. 1705/05/30 - Gloves, scarves and money are distributed liberally among attendees of the funeral of Waide Calverley
  60. 1844/01/08 - Members of the 70th (Surrey) Regiment of Foot stationed at Leeds riot in protest at anti-Irish graffiti
  61. 1843/11/23 - James Byram of Gildersome is fined ruinously for selling used tea as new
  62. 1671/10/08 - The infant Walter Calverley suffers the first of several near-fatal accidents
  63. 1677/08/15 - John Thoresby writes from Leeds to his son Ralph in London recommending he keep a diary
  64. 1669/02/13 - Oliver Heywood’s sons set off weeping from Northowram to Heath Grammar School, Halifax, having failed to learn their Latin
  65. 1667/07/31 - Thomas Danby, Leeds’s first mayor, is stabbed to death in London late at night
  66. 1670/03/14 - The itinerant Presbyterian, Oliver Heywood, is arrested for preaching in a private house at Little Woodhouse, Leeds
  67. 1669/06/27 - The vicar of Morley fails to persuade the local JP to prevent Oliver Heywood speaking from his pulpit
  68. 1647/10/09 - Adam Eyre whips the maid Jane, again, and prays, again
  69. 1646/06/08 - As the First English Civil War draws to a close, Mrs Eyre rages at Mr for criticising her choice of clothing
  70. 1785/07/17 - Mr. Strother, a York draper’s assistant, finds that diarizing is not for common folk, and stops
  71. 1680/09/12 - Francis and Mary Huntrodes are buried together at St. Mary’s, Whitby with a poetic epitaph
  72. 1703/06/07 - A list of the shares in ship-owning partnerships of Samuel Pinder of Whitby
  73. 1704/04/30 - Whitby’s Church of England parish register records a wedding celebrated, perhaps illegally, at the Quakers Meeting
  74. 1743/06/27 - Tom Brown of Kirkleatham’s heroism against the French at the Battle of Dettingen (Bavaria) leads George II to grant him a silver prosthetic nose
  75. 1955/07/23 - Philip Larkin tells his “bun” that he doesn’t fancy Beverley’s “rabbit”
  76. 1709/06/13 - The population of Whitby are ordered to bury their dead at three in the afternoon
  77. 1710/12/10 - A Whitby puppeteer tries to stab a delinquent spectator, but kills the wrong man
  78. 1840/03/20 - Charles Brown (52) feigns deafness to try to evade the gallows for sexually assaulting Frederick Haselm (∼10) at Hull
  79. 1932/07/22 - Bradford officials are taxed mercilessly by French customs en route to making the composer Frederick Delius a freeman of the city
  80. 1934/01/30 - The wife of the Vicar of Weston, near Otley, has a nocturnal premonition of the death of the composer Frederick Delius
  81. 1841/05/15 - Patience Kershaw (17) tells the Children’s Employment Commission (Mines) about her work at Joseph Stocks’ Booth Town Pit, Halifax
  82. 1857/02/19 - William Maddison goes into a burning Lundhill Colliery, Barnsley to look for survivors of the firedamp explosion that killed 189 of the 200 men and boys underground
  83. 1870/08/10 - Ben Hardacre’s ode to the laying, this day, of the foundation stone of Bradford Town Hall
  84. 1715/10/19 - Abraham Sharp of Halifax doubts he will find an heir for the scientific instruments he has built
  85. 1722/12/16 - Thomas Nettleton of Halifax recounts to James Jurin his success in inoculating against smallpox
  86. 1674/06/23 - Oliver Heywood attends the funeral of Martha Stansfield and her baby
  87. 1655/03/14 - Mary Sharp of Little Horton, Bradford, writes to her son Sam at Cambridge, in the year preceding his death, of his “misery by nature”
  88. 1649/02/05 - John Sharp of Bradford, on military service at Hull, writes to his “cousin” at York
  89. 1766/08/30 - Organ-builder John Snetzler adjudges the musical style of William Herschel, later discoverer of Uranus, best suited to his new organ at Halifax parish church
  90. 1715/11/19 - Abraham Sharp hopes that the Battle of Preston has put an end to prospects of a Jacobite invasion and uprising
  91. 1773/06/14 - Parliament belatedly awards John Harrison part of the prize due to him for discovery of the marine chronometer
  92. 1703/12/07 - Abraham Sharp on the difficulties of observing Jupiter from Little Horton, Bradford
  93. 1703/03/24 - Abraham Sharp is surprised by aurora borealis at Little Horton, Bradford
  94. 1669/05/24 - Abraham Sharp (16) undertakes not to fornicate for the next eight years and is apprenticed to a York textile merchant
  95. 1934/05/29 - Maurice Wilson of Bradford begins his solo ascent of Everest, equipped with some knowledge of yoga, a small tent, three loaves of bread, two tins of porridge and a camera
  96. 1605/04/23 - Debauched and ruined, Walter Calverley murders the first of his sons, at Calverley Hall near Bradford
  97. 0709/10/12 - Wilfrid’s soul departs with the birds
  98. 1969/04/18 - David Oluwale, a mentally ill Nigerian rough sleeper, drowns in the Aire while fleeing from two Leeds policemen who had beaten and abused him
  99. 1881/05/16 - J. Gill of Sugden & Briggs, spinners, Bradford, dies of pulmonary anthrax, and his successor, J.R. Baker, is fatally infected with cutaneous anthrax
  100. 1966/10/18 - The charter converting the Bradford Institute of Technology into the University of Bradford defines its secondary object as “the application of knowledge to human welfare”
  101. 1906/04/18 - Easter trippers to Shipley Glen cause fires on Ilkley Moor, imperilling grouse shooting later in the year
  102. 1932/12/09 - The Jewish Chronicle on the decision of the Yorkshire Fascist Table Tennis Club to avoid Jewish opponents by leaving the Leeds league
  103. 1981/06/24 - Leeds City Council informs London, Moscow, Washington, the West Yorkshire Metropolitan County Council, etc. of its opposition to nuclear weapons
  104. 1397/01/07 - On the longest of the 42 days of his topsy-turvy reign, boy-bishop John de Cave of York rides 200 miles soliciting contributions to his finances
  105. 1321/05/17 - Isabella Dayvill, apostate nun, is banished to suffer silence, hunger and punishment at Handale Priory (N.R.)
  106. 1444/11/15 - A survey of the boundaries of York
  107. 1801/02/17 - Recent international arrivals and departures at the port of Hull
  108. 1821/09/16 - How a wet harvest was saved at Foston
  109. 1821/02/10 - The view in Foston
  110. 1820/01/03 - The rise of literacy and of an untameable popular press make parliamentary reform inevitable
  111. 1846/01/30 - Charlotte Brontë warns her old school-mistress that railway dividends are unsustainable
  112. 1849/05/08 - Amid revelations of fraud at the York, Newcastle and Berwick Railway, Richard Nicholson, business partner and brother-in-law of the Railway King, George Hudson, drowns himself in the Ouse at York
  113. 1785/05/21 - Aged 15, William Butterworth of Leeds runs away to sea on a slaver
  114. 1846/12/15 - Charlotte Brontë to Ellen Nussey: cold, boredom and debts at Haworth
  115. 1846/09/23 - Wilkie Collins introduces Captain Wragge, an audacious swindler, in York on this day
  116. 1786/11/06 - William Butterworth of Leeds witnesses the “grand pageant” celebrating the demise in July of Duke Ephraim, Efik king of Old Calabar
  117. 1788/08/13 - Emigrating from Grenada to England, the parrots of William Butterworth of Leeds survive a Caribbean hurricane
  118. 1787/02/26 - William Butterworth of Leeds arrives at Grenada from Calabar on the Hudibras (Liverpool) with the survivors of a cargo of 360 slaves
  119. 1819/09/20 - Flags and fasces at a procession from Briggate to Hunslet Moor to protest the Peterloo Massacre
  120. 1819/07/07 - Summer colds
  121. 1812/04/28 - Methodist Luddites fatally wound the textile manufacturer William Horsfall on his way home from Huddersfield market
  122. 1811/12/06 - Sydney Smith to John Murray on “the privileges of the North”
  123. 1846/01/05 - Botanist Richard Spruce despairs of his Pyrenean mosses arousing interest amidst George Hudson’s railway mania
  124. 1831/01/19 - Charlotte Brontë aged 14 starts at Roe Head school, Mirfield
  125. 1809/06/24 - Exiled from London to York, the Rev. Sydney Smith vows not to smite the partridge
  126. 1829/02/01 - Jonathan Martin’s attempt to burn down York Minster is frustrated by a frolicsome chorister
  127. 1837/03/12 - Robert Southey (Poet Laureate, 62) gives Charlotte Brontë (governess, 20) some career advice
  128. 1837/01/21 - 25-year-old Charlotte Hall becomes the first person to be interred in the new York Cemetery
  129. 1836/05/30 - Albinia Chaloner becomes the last person to be interred in York Minster
  130. 1835/09/09 - Princess Victoria finds Handel’s Messiah at York Minster “heavy and tiresome”
  131. 1963/12/25 - Tolkien recalls the genesis of Lúthien and Beren in 1919, as Edith danced amidst “hemlocks” at Roos in Holderness
  132. 1879/11/14 - Prince Alemayehu of Ethiopia dies at the home of Professor Ransome in Headingley, and is later buried at Windsor Castle
  133. 1995/02/17 - Symbols of community decline in Leeds
  134. 1817/11/08 - Anne Lister’s uncle Joseph dies, and her aunt Lister recounts her premonitory vision
  135. 1817/08/19 - An encounter with John Oates of Halifax, autodidact optician
  136. 1817/05/12 - The transport of voters in the election of the registrar of deeds at Wakefield
  137. 1817/05/02 - Public unrest at Leeds regarding the efficacy of the smallpox vaccine
  138. 1821/08/17 - Two slugicidal hedgehogs arrive by mail coach at Anne Lister’s in Halifax, sent by her lover in Market Weighton
  139. 1834/03/30 - Anne Lister seals a surreptitious mock marriage with fellow-landowner Ann Walker during the Easter Sunday service at Holy Trinity, Goodramgate, York
  140. 1834/03/09 - A marriage is forbidden at York despite compelling reason for it to proceed
  141. 1833/08/01 - At Kelfield (E.R.), Hannah Beedham fails to fulfil her prophecy of her own death
  142. 1832/04/23 - A huge West Riding “pilgrimage” leaves for a demonstration in York led by Richard Oastler in favour of limiting mill children’s working day to 10 hours
  143. 1832/02/23 - An innkeeper’s son rides a runaway Galloway across the River Foss at York
  144. 1831/12/26 - The London Zoological Society accepts the Yorkshire Philosophical Society’s offer of a mischievous bear, and suggests transport south by stagecoach
  145. 1892/06/19 - The Liberal politician Viscount Morley attends morning service at York Minster
  146. 1888/03/01 - John Strange Winter, the military novelist from York, presents her husband with twins, to general amazement
  147. 1807/05/04 - Lord Milton welcomes 10,000 to his 21st birthday barbecue at Wentworth Woodhouse, Rotherham, during his campaign to be elected MP for the Whigs
  148. 1839/11/24 - Betsy Sawyer, a freed Antiguan slave, and family servant to the Rev. Thomas Murray, dies at Yeadon
  149. 1328/01/25 - Edward III (15) marries his cousin Philippa of Hainault (ca. 13) at York Minster in order to save England from the Scots, the French and the English
  150. 1565/01/06 - The bridge over the Ouse at York collapses, destroying 12 houses and killing 12
  151. 1561/08/17 - William Strickland arrives at Flamborough and interviews witnesses of the northerly passage along the coast of Mary, Queen of Scots
  152. 1598/09/20 - Tenterhooks are prohibited north of the Trent to arrest a decline in the quality and reputation of woollen cloth
  153. 1526/05/31 - Properties for the Corpus Christi performance of the (moribund) mystery play of York’s Mistry of Mercers
  154. 1536/01/20 - Thomas Cromwell’s agents tell how they used allegations of whores and theft to oust William Thirsk, Abbot of Fountains
  155. 1536/01/13 - A dissolver of monasteries claims Yorkshire clergy use withdrawal and abortifacient “potations” for birth control
  156. 1439/08/12 - Joan Cantcliffe, widow, purchases a lifetime annuity and lease in the undercroft of the hall of the Mistry of Mercers (the Merchant Adventurers), York
  157. 1478/11/13 - Edward IV orders the London merchant adventurers to allow their Yorkshire colleagues fair access to Low Countries markets for their woollen cloth
  158. 1576/05/27 - The Elizabethan Ecclesiastical Commission at York prohibits performance of a Corpus Christi play at Wakefield
  159. 1561/06/08 - “Textile manufacturing has left York for the West Riding, where there is water power and the cost of living is low”
  160. 1667/03/25 - Burials henceforth to be in wool, in order to support woollen manufacturers and reduce linen imports
  161. 1704/09/29 - Deeds, conveyances, and wills in the West Riding must henceforth be publicly registered in Wakefield to be considered valid
  162. 1784/07/18 - Wesley finds children “restrained from open sin” at one of the first Sunday schools, at Bingley
  163. 1823/05/17 - “Doncaster fertiliser manufacturers imported more than a million bushels of skeletons from Waterloo and other Napoleonic battlefields in 1822”
  164. 1703/06/21 - A whirlwind at Hatfield, Doncaster
  165. 1978/11/25 - A Leeds wedding
  166. 1609/02/02 - A crowd-pleasing morality play at Candlemas at Gouthwaite Hall in Catholic Nidderdale lands the cordwainer-players and their patron before the Star Chamber
  167. 1596/08/22 - A lewd church parade at Cawthorne, Barnsley
  168. 1698/11/25 - A scholar must also pursue a modern scoundrel like Dugdale the demoniac
  169. 1709/01/30 - Charles Bosvill, king of the gypsies, is buried at Rossington, Doncaster
  170. 1698/05/07 - Knots of eels almost as big as horses in the River Went near Doncaster
  171. 1698/05/04 - In intense cold and lacking fodder, farmers at Halifax feed gorse to their livestock
  172. 1697/12/20 - Catastrophic flooding in the lower reaches of the Don, caused by the failure of Cornelius Vermuyden’s land reclamation to cope with snow melt
  173. 1697/11/20 - Smooth-leaved holly as winter fodder for Pennine sheep
  174. 1696/09/27 - A proverbial Michaelmas rhyme and parade at Scarborough parodies rent collectors
  175. 1696/11/11 - On communicating with Nathaniel Johnston, hidden historian of Yorkshire
  176. 1696/06/05 - The Great Recoinage of 1696 brings a satellite of the Royal Mint to York and rioting to Ratsdale
  177. 1695/03/20 - Why there are more sheep than foxes
  178. 1555/10/21 - Wool middlemen are again permitted at Halifax to avoid the destruction of the local economy
  179. 1695/03/05 - Self-adhesive steel, marble-staining, and Nottingham alabaster
  180. 1689/12/23 - A Danish soldier is beheaded at Beverley for killing a colleague, inspiring some doggerel
  181. 1681/06/11 - A recent grainstorm near Leeds
  182. 1643/02/05 - Rioting locals reïnundate Hatfield Chase in protest at flooding and the loss of fishing and fowling caused by Cornelius Vermuyden’s land reclamation scheme
  183. 1649/03/20 - Judge and Yorkshireman Francis Thorpe justifies to the grand jury at York the recent execution of Charles I
  184. 1913/04/21 - Aged 12, Maggie Newbery starts part-time at a Bradford woollen mill
  185. 1969/04/29 - Jimmy Savile sexually assaults a 15-year-old girl at Staincliffe Hospital (later Dewsbury and District Hospital), to the amusement of bystanders
  186. 1966/01/18 - Barbara Castle (Labour) promises the Humber Bridge in order to win the Hull North by-election
  187. 1793/05/23 - The 14th Foot, predecessor of the West Yorkshire Regiment, adopts a French Revolutionary song and storms the enemy trenches
  188. 1813/08/01 - The 51st Foot mark Minden (later also Yorkshire) Day with bay leaves, not white roses, as they drive the French back over the Pyrenees
  189. 2010/10/01 - A Lancastrian libertarian travels to Leeds to learn
  190. 1938/12/24 - The Christmas Eve dream of Douglas Holmes, 10, in Seacroft Hospital, Leeds
  191. 1846/07/31 - Pudsey celebrates repeal of the Corn Laws with a monstrous imperial Free Trade plum pudding
  192. 1923/12/25 - Winifred Stansfield of Balby, Doncaster, gets a doll for Christmas
  193. 1913/03/03 - Winifred Stansfield is born tongue-tied and unable to breastfeed at Balby, Doncaster
  194. 1917/10/18 - Private John Dunnett of Wilsden dies at Passchendaele, prompting an extraordinary home-made tribute
  195. 1835/04/20 - A teetotallers’ tea-party, at the first, great, Wilsden Temperance Festival
  196. 1844/05/02 - The borough of Bradford’s population has increased by 10% in two years
  197. 1830/06/17 - Prophet John Wroe exorcises the epileptic daughter of a Bradford wool-sorter
  198. 1975/02/20 - Alan Bennett on Leeds, “motorway city of the seventies”
  199. 1819/11/12 - The first, nocturnal vision of Prophet Wroe in one of his fields at Tong Street, Bradford following his near-fatal fever
  200. 1796/11/28 - A Royal Navy recruiting ad promises Spanish gold to the seamen of Sculcoates, Cottingham and Little Weighton, East Riding
  201. 1798/07/30 - The returning Greenland whaler Blenheim fights off a Royal Navy press gang in Hull harbour, killing two boarders
  202. 1746/05/27 - Advertisement for a cockfight featuring 86 roosters at Pocklington, East Riding
  203. 1843/03/04 - Robert Pounder lobbies notable Leeds citizens for the provision of allotments or cottage gardens for working people
  204. 1773/12/01 - 2½ days after leaving London, legal clerk Foster Powell walks into York, rests briefly, and starts back
  205. 1787/03/14 - Death of Levi Whitehead, centenarian walker and runner of Bramham, near Wetherby
  206. 1787/07/11 - Advertisement for The Commercial and Mathematical Academy, Hull
  207. 1840/07/01 - The opening of the Hull and Selby Railway counters threats to Hull’s port from Goole, Scarborough and Bridlington
  208. 1833/10/12 - The handle setters thank their ex-secretary, Robert Pounder, for driving women out of the trade
  209. 1831/03/24 - A Leeds “doctress” recommends to Robert Pounder sheep poo tea as a last resort against measles
  210. 1846/06/10 - John Richard Walbran begins an antiquarian excavation of the Neolithic Hutton Moor Henge, Dishforth, near Ripon
  211. 1821/08/13 - The laments of Ann Barber, adulteress and poisoner, on the scaffold at York Castle
  212. 1837/07/03 - The Swan, a Hull whaler, returns from the dead (i.e. the ice of the Davis Strait) bearing three whales
  213. 1775/10/19 - Mayor Joseph Outram lays the first stone of Hull’s first dock and customs quay, dooming the town’s walls and commencing its great expansion
  214. 1985/05/11 - A fire at the Bradford City stadium kills 56
  215. 1859/09/30 - Great popular enthusiasm for a village brass band contest at the Golden Lion, Loftus, North Riding
  216. 1824/02/29 - On the Leap Day, before an audience of 30,000(?!), John Wroe the Prophet is baptised in the Aire near Apperley Bridge
  217. 1684/10/31 - Mrs Taylor of Brighouse, a Quaker, is buried upright next to her husband and daughter in her garden
  218. 1679/09/15 - Election at York for the Exclusion Bill Parliament
  219. 1679/06/08 - At death’s door, Brian Bentley, the Halifax Poet, refuses a cap unless it be a barley-cap
  220. 1804/05/03 - Settlement of an absurdly modest legal bill from Joseph Bentley of Bradford
  221. 1679/10/23 - Presbyterian tears, groans and perhaps meltings at Gisburn, West Riding
  222. 1681/08/23 - John Heywood’s two-day ordination begins in Craven
  223. 1680/09/27 - Possible violating Calvinist precept, the Rev. Oliver Heywood weighs more than twice as much as his wife
  224. 1679/06/24 - The world’s oldest wool carders?
  225. 1680/12/11 - Halifax views the Great Comet of 1680 as a natural event, London as a portent
  226. 1680/01/24 - Miners rob, murder and burn a pit-owner and nonconformist minister at Beeston, Leeds
  227. 1680/01/01 - Thomas Sharp compares New Year revellers in Leeds to the pagan Jews in Babylon
  228. 1830/01/27 - William Cobbett rides from Leeds to black Sheffield
  229. 1673/05/14 - Long after the longbow’s demobilization, the Scorton Archers agree to shoot annually for a silver arrow
  230. 1465/09/22 - Gluttonous feast menu for the enthronement at Cawood Castle of George Neville as Archbishop of York
  231. 0793/06/08 - Alcuin of York reflects in a poem on the devastation on this day of Lindisfarne by Vikings
  232. 1959/11/07 - The last tram scheduled in Leeds, no. 181 or 187, runs from Cross Gates to Kirkgate or Swinegate
  233. 1884/01/19 - Harry England explains in the Yorkshire Weekly Press why the people of the town are known as Leeds Loiners
  234. 1914/08/26 - From Pontefract to the mines on the Franco-Belgian border: Cpl. Frederick William Holmes wins a VC at Le Cateau
  235. 1237/11/18 - Robin Hood isn’t actually bled to death by the nuns of Kirklees Priory
  236. 1684/03/06 - The highwayman and racketeer John Nevison is captured at an alehouse near Sandal Castle, Wakefield
  237. 1606/05/20 - The courtier John Lepton rides from London to York in one day, and repeats the feat on the following four
  238. 1817/06/20 - Lines spoken by the actor Alexander Cummins at the Leeds Theatre are enacted sooner than he might have wished, amidst Methodist schadenfreude
  239. 1779/04/15 - The actor John Kemble is hounded at York by the North Riding Militia for asking a society girl to be quiet during a death scene
  240. 1918/11/11 - George Ellison of Richmond Hill, Leeds, is the last British soldier to be killed in action in the First World War
  241. 1915/08/20 - The final letter to his father of Private Charles Langrick, 1st/5th Bn., The Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding) Regiment
  242. 1992/11/04 - Glasgow Rangers seal victory in the Champions League’s Battle of Britain in the return at Elland Road
  243. 1995/06/28 - The real Siegfred Farnon calls it a day
  244. 1978/01/30 - A Cumbrian Evensong is rescheduled to accommodate All Creatures Great and Small
  245. 1771/07/24 - Actor-manager Tate Wilkinson opens Puritan Leeds’ first proper theatre with comic impressions of leading Methodists
  246. 1682/06/11 - In a Yorkshire Feast sermon in London, visiting Yorkshiremen are told by one of them that their charity should match the greatness of their county
  247. 1642/04/23 - In the run-up to the Civil War, Hull denies entry (and its crucial arsenal) to Charles I, but (allegedly) lowers him dinner from the walls
  248. 1821/04/06 - At the opening of the Hall of the Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society, the surgeon Charles Turner Thackrah bids the town repay its debt to Knowledge
  249. 1759/12/29 - Julius Caesar Ibbetson, future painter of pigs and other delights, is born on Farnley Moor, Leeds by Caesarean section
  250. 1849/08/19 - The last bull-baiting at Lydgate Wakes, Saddleworth
  251. 1693/08/26 - From his death-bed Thomas Sharp, a Leeds nonconformist minister, criticises his wife for hindering his career
  252. 1643/07/03 - The Royalists take Bradford but are warned off massacring the inhabitants by a ghost; the author’s escape and return
  253. 1641/12/12 - Panic in Bradford and Pudsey on news of the imminent arrival of genocidal Irish Catholic rebels
  254. 0867/03/23 - Viking mercenaries draw numerous Anglo-Saxon forces into York and slaughter them; Ragnar’s snake-pit and the blood-eagling of Ælla
  255. 1981/10/30 - Joanne, Michelle and Carl go caking in their Sheffield villages
  256. 0627/04/12 - In a triumph for his Kentish wife, Edwin of Northumbria is baptised on Easter Sunday by Paulinus, in the latter’s wooden oratory on the site of York Minster
  257. 1643/01/23 - Thomas Fairfax, the Rider of the White Horse, captures Leeds from the Beast
  258. 1879/02/25 - The scene outside Armley Gaol, Leeds, at the execution of Charles Peace, steelworker, violinist, picture-framer, burglar, stalker, murderer
  259. 1643/05/21 - Thomas Fairfax takes two “true prisoners” at Wakefield, who stay true even when surrounded by their comrades
  260. 1843/12/04 - The Tory MP for Knaresborough recounts the death in poverty of an old woman at Harden Beck, Bingley
  261. 1900/01/11 - An explosion kills four at the Leeds Steel Works, Hunslet
  262. 1891/01/04 - Funerals at Upper Wortley, Leeds, of four of the eleven Snowflake girls burned to death in a school entertainment
  263. 1836/10/20 - The West Riding Sessions contemplates the potential consequences of a post-dated watermark
  264. 1638/01/03 - On the eve of the Civil Wars, Henry Slingsby witnesses “the spectacle of our public death” on Bramham Moor
  265. 1896/03/24 - Jessie Piazzi Smyth dies, and is subsequently buried under a pyramid at Sharow, Ripon by her husband, the astronomer and “pyramidiot” Charles Piazzi Smith
  266. 1817/06/29 - Flyer advertising the York Saving Bank, founded 1816
  267. 1780/09/11 - Having paid £1.5M (modern) in bribes to voters, William Wilberforce is elected MP for Hull
  268. 0211/02/04 - Roman emperor Septimius Severus dies at York, possibly murdered by his son and fellow-emperor Caracalla
  269. 1808/05/24 - Rebecca Perigo dies, fleeced and poisoned by Mary Bateman, a serial killer known as “the Yorkshire witch”
  270. 1796/02/13 - Marshall and the Benyons’ linen factory at Leeds burns down with the loss of eight lives
  271. 1870/05/25 - An Ascension Eve performance for tourists of the Whitby Penny Hedge ritual
  272. 1858/07/13 - A visit to an alum works near Whitby
  273. 1753/06/25 - The Moravian Brethren of Fulneck, Pudsey refuse to participate in the toll-bar riots
  274. 1808/05/26 - The first Ascension Day on which is generally contemplated the notion that ammonites found on Whitby beach are snakes petrified by Saint Hilda, and that seabirds dip their wings in her honour when over-flying
  275. 1513/09/29 - Black humour from London re the arrival at York of the body of James IV of Scotland after Flodden
  276. 1612/07/27 - Jennet Preston of Craven, the only Yorkshirewoman of the Pendle witches, is condemned to death at York Assizes
  277. 1941/05/26 - The fall of Headingley’s Shire Oak, legendary locus of Anglo-Saxon local government between Aire and Wharfe
  278. 1822/07/29 - An inquest at York finds that John Furnel of the Queen’s Regiment of Foot died by flogging
  279. 1640/01/23 - Andrew Marvell’s father drowns in the Humber at Hull
  280. 1894/09/13 - J.B. Priestley descends on a cloud to the West Riding of Yorkshire
  281. 1806/02/02 - A sinner pleads for mercy during the Great Revival at Yeadon
  282. 1820/07/13 - Hannah Yeadon, a disabled woman of Yeadon, is “insulted and assaulted”
  283. 1190/03/17 - Massacre and suicide of York’s Jews during the Third Crusade
  284. 1805/08/15 - The Sheffield Volunteer Infantry depart to drive any French invaders into the sea, except for one man, who believes his orders are to go fishing in Derbyshire
  285. 1781/08/15 - The ineffably peripatetic John Wesley discovers a movable pulpit in Sheffield
  286. 1794/06/26 - The editor of the Sheffield Register fires off a final broadside against Georgian despotism, and flees to the continent and thence to the United States
  287. -4004/10/28 - God terminates the creation of Yorkshire (and other parts), according to Archbishop Ussher
  288. 1842/08/16 - Lancastrian Plug-Drawing rioters invade Skipton in an attempt to halt the mills
  289. 1843/12/01 - Unappetising conditions in the police cells and the old lock-up at Halifax
  290. 1854/09/19 - A multifarious railway accident in the Bramhope Tunnel
  291. 1852/02/05 - A local poet recounts the fate of some of his 81 neighbours drowned this morning in Holmfirth Flood by the miserliness of the mill-owners
  292. 1848/04/14 - The tombstone epitaph and verse for James Myers, killed on this day while working in the Bramhope Tunnel, and for his daughter, who died three weeks later
  293. 1574/05/28 - William Ireland fails to become Rector of Harthill (South Yorkshire) because of his abysmal ignorance
  294. 1573/03/14 - Archbishop Grindal intercedes on behalf of the the commoners of Sutton-on-the-Forest against enclosure of part of the Forest of Galtres
  295. 1570/12/26 - Archbishop Grindal acts against rood lofts, Morris dancers, crosses, and other relics of pre-Calvinist religion
  296. 1570/08/29 - On arriving in Yorkshire, Archbishop Grindal begins his battle against bloody-minded folk-Catholicism
  297. 1758/06/09 - Entry into law of the first dedicated railway enabling act, for Richard Humble and Charles Brandling’s wagonway from Middleton Colliery to the Aire at Leeds
  298. 1916/12/25 - I wish you a merry Christmas and a happy New Year, and other carols and mummery
  299. 1830/09/29 - Yorkshire slavery: Tory/Radical Richard Oastler writes that “free” white workers in the Bradford mills are worse off than their unfree black counterparts in the colonies
  300. 1857/03/01 - Job Senior, the Wharfedale Hermit and pioneering polyphonic overtone singer, dies at Burley in Wharfedale
  301. 1858/07/20 - Haymaking with the Quakers of Bainbridge, Wensleydale
  302. 1985/07/04 - Publication of Blake Morrison’s Ballad of the Yorkshire Ripper
  303. 1983/06/12 - Alan Bennett encounters the hooped carts of the Appleby gypsies near Settle
  304. 1788/07/01 - Leeds textile workers celebrate the banning of exports of live sheep
  305. 1816/07/03 - Emilia Monteiro (15) of Lisbon dies in the French refugee convent at Heath Old Hall, Wakefield, and is commemorated by a local Liberal doggerelist
  306. 1644/07/02 - Henry Slingsby (York garrison) on the Royalist defeat at Marston Moor today, which ends Charles I’s hopes in the north
  307. 1753/06/18 - The humorist John Alcock becomes rector of Burnsall, Craven, licensing us to post various undated anecdotes
  308. 1881/07/31 - A London cyclist struggles on the road from Doncaster to Harewood via Pontefract and Leeds, on his way to the Bicycle Touring Club’s annual August Bank Holiday meet in Harrogate
  309. 1684/09/29 - It being Michaelmas, the Jolly Pinder of Wakefield (in song) leaves his beasts and pound and runs away to join Robin Hood in the greenwood
  310. 1864/03/11 - An inhabitant of Bacon Island survives the Great Sheffield Flood
  311. 1888/11/05 - A Sheffield Guy Fawkes rhyme
  312. 1916/01/01 - A New Year’s Day first-foot/lucky bird verse implies that God helps those who help themselves
  313. 1848/12/31 - Fragment of the Richmond Hagmena song, performed on New Year’s Eve by the town pinder
  314. 1744/02/08 - Pioneering philologist Eugene Aram murders a worthless Knaresborough man, whose wealth he seeks to use to acquire knowledge profitable to mankind
  315. 1777/06/04 - Opening of the first phase of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal
  316. 1405/05/29 - On Shipton Moor, York, the Earl of Westmorland tricks rebel leaders the Archbishop of York and the Duke of Norfolk into disbanding, whereupon Henry IV has them beheaded
  317. 1769/12/10 - Bill Brown, a Brightside (Sheffield) steelworker and poacher, is fatally shot and stabbed by a gamekeeper near Rotherham, begetting a northern and a (more popular) London ballad
  318. 1319/09/29 - In a key moment in the Anglo-Scottish wars, seasoned Scots slaughter an improvised force of clergy, peasants, and officials at Myton
  319. 1809/07/28 - Captains Samuel Walker of the 3rd Foot Guards and Richard Beckett of the Coldstream Guards fall against Napoleon at Talavera, Toledo, Spain
  320. 1967/10/31 - First broadcast of the Four Yorkshiremen sketch, on the At Last the 1948 Show
  321. 1870/08/24 - Fakesong by an army captain about the St. Bartholomew’s Fair in Swaledale
  322. 1916/05/29 - Royal Oak Day: holiday or we’ll run away
  323. 1761/03/09 - The North Riding Militia massacre 45 anti-conscription rioters and wound 300 at Hexham, Northumberland
  324. 1853/09/20 - Ballad composed for the inauguration this day of Titus Salt’s palace for the manufacture of woollen fabrics
  325. 1572/08/22 - The head of Thomas Percy, Earl of Northumberland and leader of the Catholic Rising of the North, is impaled on Micklegate Bar, York, where it stays for two years
  326. 1843/04/14 - John Nicholson, “the Airedale Poet,” “the Bingley Baron,” dies after falling into the Aire whilst drunk
  327. 1792/04/14 - The ballad of Spence Broughton, hung this day at the York Tyburn for robbing the Sheffield and Rotherham mail
  328. 1715/03/15 - Martha Railton and Roger Wrightson of Bowes die of love for one another
  329. 1785/01/29 - A fox-hunting song about the extraordinary journey made by the Cleveland Hounds on Saturday, January 29th, 1785
  330. 0633/10/12 - Edwin of Northumbria is killed and his army defeated by Gwynedd and Mercia at Hatfield Chase near Doncaster
  331. 1851/05/13 - The Flying Dutchman beats Voltigeur at the York races in the Great Match
  332. 1851/12/01 - A “funny wedding” in Bradford
  333. 1138/08/22 - An English army, aided by God, defeats the Scots in the Battle of the Standard near Northallerton
  334. 1642/04/22 - Presentation of the Humble Petition of The Gentry and Commons of the County of York to Charles I
  335. 1834/09/22 - Opening of the Leeds and Selby Railway, Leeds’s first
  336. 1916/12/05 - 35 girls and women die in an explosion at the Barnbow Munitions Factory, Leeds
  337. 1711/05/22 - Opening of Leeds’s new cloth trading hall
  338. 1941/03/14 - Leeds’s worst night during the Blitz
  339. 1066/09/25 - Battle of Stamford Bridge
  340. 1066/09/20 - Battle of Fulford




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