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Is it as revered in England as it is in Australia?

To a small band of expats, this is the ultimate indulgence.

Yorkshire Tea used to be available only from a few specialised outlets but now stocked by major supermarkets.

I drink it only on special occasions and usually alone as this brew is totally wasted on unappreciative palates.

Can anyone post a picture of the tea plantations around Harrogate as there are many sceptics in these parts of the colonies.

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In fact they make Yorkshire Tea for other parts of the country, that have inferior water. Oz is a bit far though. Have you had a visit from Little Urn, converted from an ice-cream van?

We could always send them a job lot of Yorkshire Tea and Harrogate Spring Water...

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I didn't realise there was such a culture surrounding Yorkshire Tea and it's great to see a family business doing so well.

I'm ordering half a dozen Little Urns just to impress my friends as we're unlikely ever to receive a visit from the real thing.

My reference to a Yorkshire tea plantation was made tongue-in-cheek so what a revelation was the Northern Echo headline!

As for 'Yorkshire Water', Mike, are you referring to tap water or that from the headwaters of Wyming Brook?

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I'm ordering half a dozen Little Urns just to impress my friends as we're unlikely ever to receive a visit from the real thing.

As requested - half a dozen Little Erns.

You can't keep him though. :)

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As for 'Yorkshire Water', Mike, are you referring to tap water or that from the headwaters of Wyming Brook?

You wouldn't want to drink a cup of tea made with water straight out of the Wyming Brook, Thylacine.

For most of the year it has the colour and peatiness of a fine old dark malt whisky.

Before it enters the bottom Rivelin Dam it mixes with water from the Derwent Valley in an underground tank at the end of the Rivelin Tunnel.

By the time it's been through the Rivelin Treatment Works it's a mixture of Yorkshire water and of water, some of which has flowed into Howden and Derwent Dams from Derbyshire land.

I wonder if Taylors do a tea for hybrid Derbyorkshire water ?

HD

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As for 'Yorkshire Water', Mike, are you referring to tap water or that from the headwaters of Wyming Brook?

Had many a cuppa sourced from the waters directly off Hallam Moors :)

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This site is fantastic. I'm learning so much about the Sheffield I thought I knew, at the same time getting flashbacks of camping in the countryside at Clarion and Eyam and Buxton and drinking water (Derbyorkshire water) straight from streams or stone cisterns. Did they have teabags in the sixties? Not that I remember, it was always tea leaves in a pot and whilst all us kids instinctively left half an inch of tea in the bottom of our cups knowing the residue was 50% tea leaves, Dad would drink the lot, leaves an' all. That was another reason we loved our Dad, he could do stuff we could never do, like eating a plate full of tripe and onions.

Sorry I'm getting off topic here slightly. What I'm trying to say is, even though SH is at times like a Mexican taking his midday siesta, you fellows are worth your weight in gold. Please don't ever stop what you are doing. (Where is that link to the voluntary contributions??) And even though its one o' clock in the morning and I'm on my 3rd glass of homemade elderberry wine I mean every word I say.

Cheers, Thylacine

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Thanks for those kind words Thylacine. It's always good to be able to help people, but I for one have learned more from the general users than I've contributed. Keep the queries coming!

In the meantime you might like to take this little test .

And you might like to add one of these to your hardware.

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I quite fancy one of those AyePads

Seems much better than the other stuff Apple make.

My dad would have loved an AyePhone because when he was talking on the phone all he ever said was "Aye" (or rather aar, in Sheffield) occasionally with a "neaow" thrown in for good measure.

..and one of those AyeMac's comes in handy when its raining.

Not as funny as it sounds as a large proportion of Americans actually think that, -

Iran is the past tense of "I run"
and
Iraq is a stand to support your iPad, iPod, iPhone etc.


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That Northometer test is rubbish.

You don't want to end up 100% northern as that's too far north, - puts you in a land where men wear patterned skirts and enjoy themselves tossing their cabers
But you don't want to be a southern softy either
The best I could get was "somewhere near Hull" (or was it "somewhere near Hell?)
I don't think it even mentions Sheffield

A NORTHOMETER TESTER THAT DOESN'T EVEN MENTION BRITAINS MOST IMPORTANT CITY!!!!!!!

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That Northometer test is rubbish.

You don't want to end up 100% northern as that's too far north, - puts you in a land where men wear patterned skirts and enjoy themselves tossing their cabers

But you don't want to be a southern softy either

The best I could get was "somewhere near Hull" (or was it "somewhere near Hell?)

I don't think it even mentions Sheffield

A NORTHOMETER TESTER THAT DOESN'T EVEN MENTION BRITAINS MOST IMPORTANT CITY!!!!!!!

I don't think so Dave, I don't think it acknowledges the existence of Scotland!

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! got a 100% Northern score only to be told I live somewhere near Newcastle, which was at least accurate.

That Northometer test is rubbish.

You don't want to end up 100% northern as that's too far north, - puts you in a land where men wear patterned skirts and enjoy themselves tossing their cabers
But you don't want to be a southern softy either
The best I could get was "somewhere near Hull" (or was it "somewhere near Hell?)
I don't think it even mentions Sheffield

A NORTHOMETER TESTER THAT DOESN'T EVEN MENTION BRITAINS MOST IMPORTANT CITY!!!!!!!

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I don't think so Dave, I don't think it acmnowledges the existence of Scotland!

I thought the activities I mentioned also applied to parts of Northumberland as well.

But to be Scottish on the Northometer you would have to be at least 101% northern, so 130% northern would put you in the central valley, somewhere between Glasgow and Edinburugh.

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The place is certainly slow paced. Personally I've posted everything I ever knew about everything Sheffield-related (and then some more), but I'm more than willing to use any resource, skill and experience I may (or may not) have to answer questions, so, thats what we need, more questions, more input to put fire in the bellies of those dedicated individuals that keep an eye open for nuggests of information to chase (sometimes it seems aimlessly; but the chase is all and if we happen to help someone along the way - all the better.

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Sorry I'm getting off topic here slightly. What I'm trying to say is, even though SH is at times like a Mexican taking his midday siesta, you fellows are worth your weight in gold. Please don't ever stop what you are doing. (Where is that link to the voluntary contributions??) ...

Cheers, Thylacine

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Puts me as somewhere near Hull as well.

What is they used to say ?

May the Lord protect us from Hell, Hull and Halifax.

HD

I think the words are actually Hull, Halifax and Hell, - but Sheffield gets a mention too.

1

It’s hard when folks can’t find their work where they’ve been bred and born;

When I was young I always thowt I’d bide amang rooits and corn.

(rooits = roots)

But I’ve been forced to work in towns so here’s my litany,

From Hull and Halifax and Hell, good Lord deliver me.

2

When I was courtin’ Mary Jane t’ old squire he says one day,

“I’ve got no room for wedded folk so wilt ta wed or stay?”

Well I couldn’t leave the lass I loved so to town we had to flee,

From Hull and Halifax and Hell, good Lord deliver me.

3

I’ve worked in Leeds and Huddersfield, I’ve addled honest brass,

At Bradford, Keighley, Rotherham, I’ve kept me bairns and lass;

I’ve travelled all three ridin’s round and once I went to sea.

From forges, mills and coalin’ boats, good Lord deliver me.

4

I’ve walked at neet down Sheffield lanes, ’t was the same as bein’ in Hell;

Furnaces thrust out tongues of fire that roared like wind on t’ fell;

I’ve sammed up coil in Barnsley pits wi’ muck upto me knees. (sammed up = picked up)

From Sheffield, Barnsley, Rotherham, good Lord deliver me.

5

I’ve seen grey fog creep ovver Leeds Brig as thick as Bastille soup;

I’ve lived where folks have been stowed away like rabbits in a coop;

I’ve seen snow float down Bradford Beck as black as ebony.

From Hunslet, Holbeck, Wibsey Slack, good Lord deliver me.

6

Well now when all our children have flown, to the country we’ve come back;

There’s forty miles of heathery moor ’twixt us and coilpit stack;

And often as I sit by the fire at neet I laugh and I shout with glee,

From Hull and Halifax and Hell, good Lord deliver me.

From an old Yorkshire folk song

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I think the words are actually Hull, Halifax and Hell, - but Sheffield gets a mention too.

I think it's a very old prayer and the Halifax bit alludes to the unfortunate way that they treated strangers.

Halifax being the centre of the cloth trade, they used to hang the processed cloth to dry on "Tenterhooks" set in the walls along the lanes according to my understanding.

They devised a novel method of dealing with the inevitable thefts.

They chopped their heads off with the Halifax Guillotine !

Their tendency to regard any stranger as a thief, and to chop their heads off "just in case", led to the prayer.

Quite why people had to avoid Hull I don't know but having visited the place once, I've no intention of repeating the experience :rolleyes:

Having said that I've visited Halifax and it's environs many times and I've still got my head.

HD.

P.S.

According to Wikiwhatsits it's Hell, Hull and Halifax.

"From Hell, Hull, and Halifax, Good Lord, deliver us! Beggars Litany, John Taylor (1580–1654),

HD

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I think it's a very old prayer and the Halifax bit alludes to the unfortunate way that they treated strangers.

Halifax being the centre of the cloth trade, they used to hang the processed cloth to dry on "Tenterhooks" set in the walls along the lanes according to my understanding.

They devised a novel method of dealing with the inevitable thefts.

They chopped their heads off with the Halifax Guillotine !

Their tendency to regard any stranger as a thief, and to chop their heads off "just in case", led to the prayer.

Quite why people had to avoid Hull I don't know but having visited the place once, I've no intention of repeating the experience :rolleyes:

Having said that I've visited Halifax and it's environs many times and I've still got my head.

HD.

P.S.

According to Wikiwhatsits it's Hell, Hull and Halifax.

"From Hell, Hull, and Halifax, Good Lord, deliver us! Beggars Litany, John Taylor (1580–1654),

HD

Visited Halifax several times, - the courtyard of the Halifax Peace hall being allegedly the site of the Halifax Engine (the guillotine) and I have spent 3 years living in Hull while I was at university there.

They are both great places that I would willingly go back to.

But then again, I'm a Yorkshireman

...and if it isn't in Yorkshire, it int worth visiting (to quote a line from a Hale & Pace sketch)

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