Podcast #029: West Yorkshire and Ripon

A street in the Cragg Vale, Calderdale Borough, West Yorkshire. It's a fairly grey day, just after a rain shower. The view is of a road lined with old fashioned stone cottages, in front of some fairly small but steep hills in the background.

Welcome to Episode 29 of my “Travel Tales From Beyond The Brochure” podcast.

It’s been a while since my last pod, though you wouldn’t know it from the updates on my website. If you have been following my pod though, thank you for bearing with me. I talk a little about why at the start of the episode, as well as the usual ‘this is what I’ve been up to’ overview and update.

I’ve decided to do another geographic/history episode this time, I talk a bit about the county of Yorkshire, in northern England – specifically I go into detail about the city of Ripon, then move into West Yorkshire to talk about the town of Haworth, the Calder Valley, and a little tale about the Cragg Vale Coiners – a bunch of coin forgers in the 1760s.

Don’t forget, btw, that my tale of hiking across Great Britain is part of The Biggest Book Of Yes anthology, which is now available for purchase. All proceeds go to charity (the Teddington Trust).

Topics discussed in this episode then include:

  • Mental health
  • I have a new job!
  • Other recent updates (running, voicework, writing groups)
  • Luton
  • Yorkshire’s scenery
  • Ripon Cathedral and misericords (a great word!)
  • The Unicorn and Lewis Carroll
  • The Ripon Hornblower
  • The Real Wuthering Heights
  • Haworth and the 1940s Weekend
  • Hebden Bridge and Heptonstall – hippies, hills, and more literary figures
  • The Cragg Vale Coiners – who, what, why, where, when
  • Murder and retribution
  • Aftermath and legacy

You can listen via the feed above, or via Spotify, or on your podcast app of choice 🙂 Let me know if it isn’t, by the way, and I’ll see what I can do.

As always, if you have anything to say about the topic, or indeed about my podcasting in general, leave a comment or let me know. There is a Facebook group for my podcast that you’re free to join: Click here!

I also now have a Patreon! If you like what you hear, and want to access exclusive content (or just to show your appreciation), then head on over to my page and donate to me!

There are no contributions in this episode, fairly self-evidently, aside from the recording at the start. This is provided by my good friend Jo, a native of Todmorden, West Yorkshire – the next town along the Calder Valley to the west of Hebden Bridge, reading (completely unmusically, on purpose), lyrics from the Chumbawamba song ‘Snip Snip Snip’. Again, I’m not sure of the legal status of doing this, but it’s Chumbawamba so I doubt they care. I copied in Alice Nutter when I originally tweeted this, and she didn’t react in any way, shape, or form, so I think I’m probably safe … 🙂

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