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11 Things You Didn’t Know About Yorkshire

Yorkshire is filled with amazing sites, from their stunning coastline to their contemporary and busy cities; this matched with their rich English heritage makes it a very current and popular place to visit by all ages!

1. Sheffield FC was the first ever football club.

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Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Formed in 1857, Sheffield FC is recognised by both the FA and FIFA as the oldest football club in the world. The two inventors of the game Nathaniel Creswick and William Prest were actually co-founders of the football club.

2. Yorkshire is the biggest county in the UK.

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Measuring at 2.9 million acres, Yorkshire is the biggest county in the UK. It is often split up into three regions, North, West and East Riding – East and North Riding are considered more rural with West Riding more urbanised.

3. We have them to thank for lots of yummy foods

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Foods specialties such as: the Yorkshire pudding, Wensleydale Cheese, Liquorice and Rhubarb all came from Yorkshire. The Rhubarb Triangle is a small area in Yorkshire and it used to produce 90% of the world’s Winter Forced Rhubarb. In 2010, Yorkshire Forced Rhubarb was awarded Protected Designation of Origin (PDO)!

4. Yorkshire is proud the home of some very famous names!

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Guy Fawkes, Ted Hughes, the Bronte sisters, Dick Turpin, William Wilberforce, Jess Ennis and Nicole Adams to name just a few. Actually If Yorkshire was its own country then it would have come 12th in the 2012 Olympics – they won 7 Gold, 2 Silver and 3 Bronze medals.

5. It is Gods own county… apparently

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Due to its: large size, amount of things produced, number of ‘great’ people, vast amount of scenic views and rolling green hills some people consider it’s ‘god’s own county’.

6. Sheffield is the greenest city in Britain

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Sheffield has over two thirds of its land made up of green space. It is no shock then that it has more trees per person than any other city in Europe, with the ratio being 4:1.

7. Home to the oldest pub in Britain

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Source: www.bingleyarms.com

The Bingley Arms, in Leeds has been recognised as the oldest pub in Britain! Originally called The Priests Inn it has been dated back to at least 953AD. The pub is full of history, heritage and even paranormal activity!

8. York was the heart of the Roman Empire at one point

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Source: www.heritagedaily.com

During the Reign of Emperor Septimus Severus, he ruled the Roman Empire for two years whilst living in York! He died in 211 AD and it is thought that his body is buried somewhere under the old city in York.

9. The date of Easter was fixed in Whitby!

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In 664AD, the synod was held at Whitby Abbey to establish the date of Easter. There was much confusion about when Easter should actually be celebrated; once, half the royal family celebrated Easter whilst the other was still in Lent!

10. It makes almost a third of the total area of National Parks in England

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Yorkshire is home to:  The North York Moors measuring 1434, most of the Yorkshire Dales measuring 2178 and part of the Peak District measuring 1437. If this doesn’t make it the best place for a walk, I don’t know where is!

11. It is an extremely popular tourist attraction

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The total amount of tourism in Yorkshire is worth over £7 billion, this is more than the whole of Ireland or Denmark! However, the picture above shows why it is not hard to believe…

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