Made in Yorkshire
From cars to cheese it’s all been made here! And in many cases it still is.
Until recently regional commerce was promoted by Yorkshire Forward. It has now been closed down - but some of its functions live on at Welcome to Yorkshire
Take W R Outhwaite & Son for example - they have been ropemakers since 1905 and are still operating an expanding business in Hawes. They also have a visitor centre. [Link]
Or Walkley Clogs of Mytholmroyd, Hebden Bridge who make not just souvenirs for the visitor centre but industrial versions for home and abroad - even exporting to Holland! [Link]
To get an idea of what the region offers to modern businesses visit Yorkshire Forward ... and for modern arts and crafts try web sites like Made in Yorkshire. But for history, heritage and nostalgia there are a range of industrial museums -
In recent years there has been a movement to promote Yorkshire’s regional identity. Now every 1st August is designated as Yorkshire Day. A day when the most number of Yorkshire flags are on display. More at Yorkshire symbols
It is claimed that Yorkshire Puddings date back to the Middle Ages. Then it was called a ‘Dripping Pudding’ and cooked underneath the joint of meat being roasted on a spit. In times of hardship it was used as the main meal itself. In the 18th century the present day Yorkshire version of the Dripping Pudding became popular and replaced Plum Pudding as the accompaniment to roast beef.
Today you can go for the traditional freshly prepared recipe or take the shortcut of using one of Aunt Bessies frozen varieties (made in Hull) but either way there are plenty of options. More here soon ...
More Yorkshire Foods
Despite takeovers of many local and regional producers over the years there are still some interesting and traditional Yorkshire foods.
Shaws of Huddersfield produce quality sauces, relishes and chutneys has they have done since 1889.
Mackintosh's Quality Street was launched in 1936 and despite being taken over by Rowntree and then Nestle [Société des Produits Nestlé S.A.] it is now more popular than ever ... and still made in Halifax.
More here soon ...
And for a break on the heritage trails you can still have a nice cup of Yorkshire Tea at Betty’s Cafe or some traditional fish and chips more ..
However there are some sad losses -
Terrys of York have closed their York factory awhile ago and Nuttalls Mintoes plus the various Doncaster Butterscotch makers are just a memory - even though has been some recent attempts at revivals.