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This 80 page publication is packed full of spine-tingling paranormal tales from the counties castles, abbeys and historic houses to the cities, towns, villages, moors and beyond.
Yorkshire is – or rather was – England’s largest county. So great an area does it cover, however, that in the 20th century it was carved up into four distinct counties: North Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, East (or the East Riding of) Yorkshire and West (or the West Riding of) Yorkshire. The county is rich in history, boasting some of the finest castles and religious buildings (ruinous or gloriously preserved) anywhere in Britain. The House of York was, of course, one side of the 15th-century War of the Roses, fought against noblemen of the House of Lancaster (whose symbol was the red rose, while York’s was the white). Yorkshire also had a key role in the English Civil War and became one of the powerhouses of the Industrial Revolution. Its fertile farmland and wool production made it one of the wealthiest counties in England, from the early Middle Ages onwards.
Today millions visit Yorkshire to enjoy its glorious countryside, which includes two National Parks: the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors. With such a vast landmass and so much history, the old county of Yorkshire certainly had a right to lay claim to being the most haunted in the British Isles. York was the first to market itself to tourists as Britain’s most haunted city (others have since tried to claim the crown) and Whitby enjoys particular favour with fans of the Gothic.
But York and Whitby are by no means the only haunted towns in Yorkshire: Leeds, Sheffield, Bradford and Hull are just a few which can boast a host of ghosts. Then there arethe county’s many beautiful stately homes and those aforementioned castles and abbeys, many possessed of their own particular phantom or phantoms. Even the wild open spaces are not immune from paranormal activity and more than a few travellers have encountered ghosts on Yorkshire’s roads.
Whether you’re lucky enough to be a Yorkshire resident or one of its very many enthusiastic visitors, an exploration of its haunted heritage may yield a better chance of seeing a ghost than any other county in England.
Released: April 2014
Publisher: Bradwell Books
Size: 180 x 110mm