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27 Reasons Yorkshire Is God's Own County

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1. Let's start with an easy one. Yorkshire puddings.

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Where better to start than with the magnificent Yorkshire pudding. Seen above with the traditional Roast Beef, true Yorkshirefolk know that it can also be had as a starter with onion gravy or even as a pudding with butter and sugar.

3. And the best condiment.

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Ubiquitous in Sheffield, "Hendo's" can go in and on just about every savoury food imaginable. It's so Sheffield that songwriter Richard Hawley (from Sheffield) advertised his 2007 album Lady's Bridge (a place in Sheffield) on the side of bottles.

6. And delicious real ale.

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Samuel Smith's pubs are known across much of the country for their low prices and tied-house beers. But the closer to Tadcaster you are, the better a pint of OB tastes.

9. Unless you're being a mardy arse, that is.

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A local term made famous nationally via the great Arctic Monkeys song. What does it mean? Well if someone's being mardy then they've got the monk on, usually after having a paddy.

13. We've produced great artists.

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David Hockney is a son of Bradford and is known for such works as the above A Bigger Splash. After a spell in LA, he could not resist the glamorous pull of Yorkshire and now spends much time in Bridlington.

14. And great authors.

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The writers of Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, the Brontë sisters, were all from Yorkshire. And let's not forget good old Branwell Brontë, who is being beamed up from the above painting.

16. And the greatest goalkeeper of all time.

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Gordon Banks, Sheffield lad and key component of the winning England squad in 1966. In this video from 1970 his lightning-fast reaction to a close-range header from Pelé saves what looked like a sure goal.

20. We invented the working toilet.

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Joseph Bramah, above, souped up toilets so that they didn't freeze over winter. He also invented beer pumps and the hydraulic press. Another famous toilet designer, Thomas Crapper (you heard me), is a Yorkshire boy too. Make of that what you will.

22. And oh yeah, FREEDOM.

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Native of Hull and MP for Yorkshire, William Wilberforce campaigned for the abolition of the slave trade for 26 years, succeeding only 3 days before his death. He also created what became the RSPCA. He was one righteous bloke.

23. The Yorkshire accent makes you sound clever.

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Now then, has tha seen this? In 2008, the Yorkshire accent was voted the most intelligent sounding, beating received pronunciation. Although really, we all know that there is no one single 'Yorkshire accent' - we're far too diverse for that.

25. So despite the stereotypes.

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House! You were lucky to live in a house! We used to live in one room, all twenty-six of us, no furniture, 'alf the floor was missing, and we were all 'uddled together in one corner for fear of falling.

26. And the fact that Rihanna can't pronounce our name.

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Listen up, Yerrkshyar!

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