i didn’t write this, so don’t blame me if there are errors! just get in touch i will correct them.


not sure how i ended up here, but i did. wish i hadn’t now! gits. wonder if they’ve ever been here?
si thi, al admit mowst a reet, but thus sum wots reet funny! a tel thi!

A bad-un (A bad person)
A brew (A cup of tea)
A bugger (A bad person – but was previously used for a person that practised sodomy)
Afters (Drinking in a pub after the legal closing time)
A-fuddle (A confused mess)
A-jar (A pint of beer, and not to be confused with, “A jar of jam”)
All-us (Always)
Aye (Yes; it is pronounced the same as the letter “I” in the alphabet)
Ay-up! (A surprised, but warm, greeting. The “Ay” is pronounced like the first letter of the alphabet. Can mean many other things according to subtle intonations, ie: Bloody hell)
Bab (Faeces, or the act of excretion – also known as “Baba”; a word used by children. Can also be used to describe something that is useless or bad)
Back-passage (Anus/colon)
Back-end (Autumn. Also the back of a car, or an anus/colon.)
Badly (Someone who is not well)
Barn-te’r (Bound/sure to do something)
Bairn (Child – although this is disputed as to whether it has true Yorkshire origins)
Beef (Trouble)
Be-fuddled (Confused)
Benny (A tantrum i.e. to throw a benny/throw a tantrum)
Bevvy (Beer)
Bint (young woman)
Blatherin’ (Talking a lot, but saying nothing)
Blumin’ eck (A exclamation of suprise, usually in a negative context.)
Boo (verb to cry)
Brass (Money)
Brat (Apron)
Bray (Beat up)
Breadcake (A flat bread-roll, or bun)
Broddle (Verb: to poke around, to pick out or to make holes)
Buggered (Tired)
By ‘eck! (An exclamation of astonishment; equivalent to, “I’m shocked”)
Cack (Terrible – and also a word for faeces)
Cack-handed (Useless with tools, or left-handed)
Champion (Really good – as in, “It were reet champion”)
Choisty (Big, massive, huge etc. see ‘Chusty’)
Chuckie (chicken; eggs are often referred to as ‘chuckie eggs’)
Chuddy (Chewing gum)
Chuffed (Very proud and happy)
Chuffin’ eck! (Surprised, or shocked)
Chuffin’ ell! (politer way of saying F***ing Hell)
Chunter/chuntering (Complaining quietly to oneself)
Chusty (Big, massive, huge etc. i.e. “Look a t’chusty get twonk!” – Look at the huge great idiot!)
Clod-opper (A person who is slow in learning)
Cloth ears (Someone who does not listen or someone who hasn’t heard something that has been said)
Coil-oil (Coal-hole – the cellar where coal is stored)
Co-ed/Code/cowd (Cold – “By ‘eck its cowd art theear” – It’s cold out there)
Deck (verb to knock somebody to the ground)
Doss (Either an idiot – especially ‘thick doss’ or also means ‘skive’)
Doylum (Idiot. Pronounced D-oi-lum)
Dozy Twonk (A silly, sleepy idiot – see also ‘Twonk’)
Duddy (A baby’s dummy)
Fellow (A term of address for a male – similar to ‘mate’)
Ferkin (An amount of beer. Often used in the phrase, “A fish and a ferkin”, meaning a fish and chip supper and a pint of beer)
Flags (Short for flagstones – Concrete paving slabs)
Flophouse (A cheap place where the drunk, or homeless, would sleep)
Folk (People – “Look at all them folk over there”)
Gaffer (The boss)
Gawp (to stare at someone with an open mouth)
Ginnel or gennel (alleyway between houses often covered)
Gang (Verb: to go)
Ginner (Prounced with a ‘j’ sound, somebody with red hair)
Gip (Unwell, or to retch; the letter “G” is pronounced like “Jump” though not always)
Gloit (Nerd or idiot)
Gob (Mouth – as in, “shut thee/tha gob” – stop talking)
Gobby (Someone who voices their opinion a lot)
Goodies (Sweets – usually hard-boiled sweets)
Gradely (as in, “It were reet gradely”, meaning it was really good)
Growler (Pork pie)
Gruds or Grots (Underpants)
Half-cocked (Not fully ready before one does something)
Hooly (A hooligan)
Hosen (Stockings)
How do? (How are you?)
How ist? (How are you? literally How is tha?)
Keks or Kegs(Trousers)
Krog or ‘Kroggie (A ride on the back of somebody’s bicycle)
Lug/lughole (Ear – earhole)
Lake/laik (Verb: to play, and also to take time off work for no good reason: “Is he laiking agin?”)
Lass (young woman or girl)
Learn (=to teach)
Lop (Flea)
Love/Luv (Used at the end of sentence, as in, “Thanks, love” and said to men and women alike as a friendly term)
Mack-off (Big, massive etc. Sometimes pronounced “Whack-off”)
Maungy (Sullen, moody. Pronounced “Morn-jee”. Possibly deriving from ‘mangy’ meaning to suffer from the mange)
Mardy (Moody)
Me (my) (Example: “These are me (my) keys.”)
Middin (A mess in a room)
Muggins (A person who will accept anything)
Mytherin’ (Worrying about something without reason/to bother someone)
Nay (no)
Neev (Fist)
Nesh (soft or effeminate)
Nipper (A young boy)
Noggin (Head)
Nowt (Nothing)
Now then’ (Informal greeting)
Our lass (Sister, girlfriend or wife)
Our kid (Brother)
Owt (Anything)
Oxter (Armpit)
Piddlin’ (Something trivial)
Pillock (An idiot, or someone who knows what he is doing is harmful)
Pit (A mine – often referred to as, “Darn (down) t’pit”)
Poorly (Ill – unwell)
Radge (A tantrum)
Radgey (Bad tempered)
Real (Good or outstanding)
Right/reyt/reet (Very/really – as in, “It’s right/reyt/reet good”)
Scallywag or scally (A young person who resents and disobeys authority)
Scrawny (Very thin)
Scree-tin (Crying in a loud way)
Sen (Self)
Shite (A more emphatic version of ‘shit’)
Sith-ee (Listen / Goodbye)
Skit (A mocking response to anothers misfortune commonly restricted to children. Can be used on its own or in the form “skit on you” and is often accompanied by pointing at the object of derision)
Smart (very good; cool often ‘well smart’)
Snap (Packed Lunch / other snack)
Snicket (Uncovered footpath or alleyway between houses)
Snotty (A person who thinks they are better than the rest)
Snotty-nosed (A person with their “nose up in the air” who is arrogant)
Sod-all (Nothing)
Spanner (Idiot)
Spawny/Sporny (Lucky)
Spice (Sweets – usually “hard-boiled” sweets, liquorice or sherbert)
Splig (Spider)
Spogs (Sweets)
Starved (as in, “He was really “starved” = cold”)
Summat’ (Something)
Sup (verb to drink)
Tallyman (A debt collecter)
t’ (the, accompanied by an apostrophe, e.g. “Has tha seen-t’new Pope? Eye’s of a killer, ‘e ‘as”)
Taws/tors (Marbles)
Tets (Short for Tetley’s beer. eg, “A pint of Tets, please love”)
Them (these/those) [example: “I like them trousers.”]
Tha/Thou/thee (You)
Tha-sen/thisen/yoursen (Yourself)
Ticked-off (Angry, or disturbed about something/someone)
T’old lass (An old woman)
T’old lad (An old man)
T’old kid (An old man)
Tripe (Something/an idea that is not good)
Tup (A male sheep, ram / verb referring to two sheep fornicating)
Twonk (Idiot)
Us (Ours, or me – We should put us (=our) names on us (=our) property”)
Vit-ner-ee (Vet – Veterinarian)
Were (was) [example: “I were (=was) wearing’t red coat, but he were (=was) wearing’t green one”.]
Win (=to beat; to win somebody at tennis means to beat them)
Wooden overcoat (A coffin)
Yonks (Ages/a long time ago)
Young-un (A son, as in, “Look for’ young-un”)
Yow (Ewe; an adult female sheep)


A bit-a’snap (A snack)
Ah-cud eet a’scabby-donkey tween tu Bre’t-Vans (I could eat a diseased donkey between two Bread Vans as a sandwich)
A puddin’ in’ t’oven (Pregnant)
A rate gud so-art (A good sort of person)
Ah-reet kid (Are you alright? A friendly greeting)
Ah-reet kid? (Is anything wrong?)
Allus at’t last push up (Always at the last moment)
As daft as a brush (A stupid/silly person)
As sick as a Cleethorpes donkey (Feeling bad that something has not turned out well)
A’streak a-yellow reet darn ‘is back (A coward)
Bang-it’ (Hit it, but also used to say, “Bang it there”; meaning to put it somewhere, but not very carefully)
Box in’t corner (Television)
Brass-necked (Very confident)
By ecky-thump (An exclamation of surprise)
Dun’t make a’ a-perth a-diff-rence (It doesn’t change it even by one half-penny) Eee an’t got-a-clue (He has no idea)
Eeeh-bah-gum (An exclamation of astonishment; equivalent to “That’s amazing”. Though rarely used anymore, it has become something of a stereo-typical Yorkshireism)
Eee wor ‘ard on (He was fast asleep)
‘Er bladder’s too near ‘er-eyes (Her bladder is too near her eyes = she cries too easily)
Eyes are bigger than your belly (The portion of food you chose is too much for you to eat)
Fair to middel-in (Situation is normal, but not good)
Get thee-sen off (Leave now, or you will be late)
Get thee-sen on (Go away)
Gi’ over (Give up/stop it)
Gi’ it some pasty (Hit it – work harder)
Goin’ dahn’t nick (Ill/bad and maybe not going to get better)
Got-it back-uds (Got it backwards – the wrong way round – misunderstood the point)
Go’t face-on (In a bad mood; their face shows that they are in a bad mood. Also, to have one’s make-up on)
Have five minutes (A short nap)
I don’t give two monkeys (I don’t care)
If tha’ dances wi’ devil, thal’ ge’t pricked wi’-is ‘orns (If you dance with the devil you’ll get pricked by his horns; you will suffer if you do evil things)
In a fix (Someone has a serious problem)
I’ll go t’foot of our stairs! (Very surprised but not shocked)
I’ll go t’bottom of our street! (Very surprised but not shocked)
I’ll slap thee-daft (I will slap you until you are senseless)
I’ll tell thee summat fer-nowt (I’ll tell you something for nothing; it’s good advice and it will cost nothing)
It-caps owt (It beats everything)
It’s a rum-do (A bad – and possibly illegal – situation)
It’s class, that is (It’s of a high quality)
It’s not worth a ligh’t (It’s not worth anything at all)
It’s way out-a my league (It’s too expensive – I can’t afford it)
I’ve niver seen the like (I have never seen anything like it)
I’ve seen better-legs on a-table (A woman who has ugly/thin legs)
It’ll do thee the world a’good (It will make you better)
I wouldn’t a-reckoned it (I wouldn’t have believed it)
It’s nut jannock (It’s not fair)
It’s nowt but spit an’ glue (It was not very well-made)
It’s nowt like (It’s not aynthing like the thing that you mean)
It’s on t’other foot now (The situation has completely changed)
Laughed me socks off (Something was extremely funny)
Laff? Ah-nearly bot’ a-round (It was so funny I almost bought a round of drinks)
Let’s be havin’ ya (C’mon, let’s go)
Let’ sleepin’ dogs-lie (Don’t talk about it)
Livin’ tally/ower’t brush (Not married but living together as man and wife)
Nay-er cast-a-clout, ’till May is art (Do not cast away any clothing before May is over)
Nobbut a mention (Not enough to be talked about; not worth mentioning)
Not worth tuppence (An object that has no value)
Off ‘is ed (Off his head; crazy; drunk)
One a’t lads (A good friend)
On’t sly (On the sly; doing something secretively)
Pig in a poke (A confusing mess)
Popp’t-in fer a pint (Went into a pub for a short time, but usually meaning more than one pint)
Put’t wood in-t’oil (Put the wood in the hole; shut the door)
See-a-man abart-a-dog (See a man about a dog = I have to go to the toilet)
She’s got a pod-on (She’s angry)
‘T in’t in t’tin (It isn’t in the tin)
Tek’ rod out-yer-arse (Advice to someone who is being arrogant and overly stiff)
Tek-a-good likeness (Very photogenic)
Tha’s nowt so-queer as folk (People can be strange)
Throw a benny (To throw a tantrum)
Took a likng to-it (I liked it, after a time)
Two-pennorth (Two pence; an opinion)
Up the golden rockers (The stairs – go to bed)
What’ tha think’tha doin’, tha freetn’d mi ter deeath (Why are you doing that, you really scared me!)
Wet me whistle (Have a drink; usually beer)
Where tha’s muck the’s money (Where there is dirt, there is money)
Where’s thee/tha bin? (Where have you been?)
Worked me knackers off (Worked my testicles off – worked very hard)
Would thee/tha credi’t it? (Would you believe it?)


Barlick (Barnoldswick, transferred to Lancashire in 1974)
Barns-lay’ (Barnsley)
Boro Middlesbrough
Bra’t-fud (Bradford)
Brad-istan (Bradford slang – owing to its large Asian population)
Brid (Bridlington)
Cass (Castleford – also “Cas Vegas”)
Chick (Chickenley, estate in Dewsbury). Also, “Chickadelphia”, usually used in Ossett and Horbury as an ironic description for this much-maligned area.
Cunnys-brer (Conisborough)
Donny (Doncaster)
Doncatraz (Doncaster Prison)
Fev (Featherstone)
Flam-brer (Flamborough)
Al-i-fax (Halifax)
Arrow-gu’t (Harrogate)
Udders-feeld (Huddersfield)
Ull (Hull)
Nares-brer’ (Knaresborough)
Lee-ads (Leeds)
Meccy, or Meks-brer (Mexborough)
Norm or Normy {Normanton}
Ponty (Pontefract – also, “Ponty Carlo”)
Ro-mish (Rawmarsh)
Scar-brer’ (Scarborough)
Sheff (Sheffield)
Sarth Ems-all (South Elmsall)
Shat (Skelmanthorpe)
Slimethorpe (Grimethorpe, often derogatory)
Ta’t caster (Tadcaster – also Tad)
Tod (Todmorden)
Wayk’feeld’ or Wayki (Wakefield)
Wi’t-be’ (Whitby)
Yo-ark (York)
Ar’t West (to the West)
Back o-erm (Back Home)
Bubber-ist-with (A fictional place made up from the names of towns)
Cleck-udders-fax (A fictional place made up from the names of the town: Cleckheaton, Huddersfield and Halifax)
Darn-in’t smoke (London)
Darn-Sarth (Down south)
Darn-tarn (Down to the centre of the town/city – also “Up-tarn”)
God’s Own Country (Referring to the high esteem in which Yorkshire people regard their own county)
See-sard (Seaside)
Socialist Republic of South Yorkshire (South Yorkshire generally but specifically Sheffield)
Up’ no-arth (Up north = home)
Yok-sha (Yorkshire)
Yok-sha Day-ells (The Yorkshire Dales )


Yorkshire jokes came about because of the harsh conditions that many Yorkshire people were forced to live with historically, and then found solace in making fun of the situation. Though conditions are no longer dire, this tradition has carried on.
Yorkshire humour is philosophical in an every-man sense; meaning gently sarcastic, self-effacing and dry. Though it can sometimes display a sly cunning, it often follows the rule that all good comedy is directed firstly at the speaker, and then at others, or a combination of both; meaning that as much as others make mistakes, or say/do silly things, it is also possible for oneself to do the same things. The laughter generated is a combination of relief that one is not the reason for the joke, but is also heart-felt sympathy for the person that the joke is directed aginst.
“If tha’ can laff… t’ole world laffs wi’-thee, bu’t if tha’-crys, tha’ll cry aloan.”
Translation: (Laugh, and the whole world will laugh with you, but if you cry, you will cry alone).
A deputy (a foreman) in the pit, had to order 50 corrugated roofing sheets.
“Ar-does tha’ spell corrugated?”, he asked. “Err… jus’ reet riggly-tin”, his mate replied – and the only reason he could spell that was because he had a packet of chewing gum in his pocket.
(“Wrigley’s Chewing Gum”, for the uninitiated)
Note to the Milkman:
“Please don’t leave any milk today – all they do is drink it!”
“Please leave an extra pint of paralysed milk.”
“Please leave no milk today. When I say today, I mean tomorrow, because I wrote this note yesterday.”
“When you leave the milk please put coal on’t fire, let’t dog out and put’t newspaper inside’t door. P.S. Don’t leave any milk.”


The Yorkshire version of the “See No Evil” phrase:
Hear all, see all, say nowt.
Eat all, drink all, pay nowt,
and thy ever dus owt for nowt,
All-us do it for thee-sen.
Translated: Hear everything, see everything, but say nothing.
Eat everything, drink everything, but pay nothing,
and if you ever do anything for nothing,
always do it for yourself.
There’s niver nowt, but-what there’s summat.
And when-there’s summat, it’s-offen nowt.
And them-that allus’ thinks they’re-summat,
‘as-nearly allus-risen fray-nowt.
It’s no-use sittin-an-waitin’ for summat,
‘Cos more-offen, it’ nobbut’ ends-wi’nowt.
An’ come to-think on-it’, these lines I’ve penned,
Are-myst-lee summat’ abart-nowt
There is never nothing, but there is always something.
And when there is something, it is often nothing.
And those that think they are something special,
have nearly always come from nothing.
It’s of no use waiting for something,
because more often than not, it ends with nothing.
And if I think about it, these lines I have penned/written
are mostly something about nothing.
“It’s not’t cough tha’t carries-thee-off, its’… coffin they carry thee off-in”.
(It is not the cough that carries you off, it is the coffin they carry you off in)
“All I can leave thee, is what tha’ makes a’thee-sen”.
(All I can leave you, after I am dead, is what you make of yourself, in life.)
“If tha knows nowt, say nowt an-appen nob’dee ‘ll notice.”
(If you know nothing, then say nothing, and maybe no-one will notice that you don’t know anything)


Blak’ puddin’ (A black sausage that is made with pig’s blood and meat…)
Cheese-n-egg (Grated cheese with an egg on top, and a few drops of milk – on a metal plate – that is grilled until the cheese has melted and slightly browned)
Pop (A carbonated/fizzy drink)
Tripe (The stomach lining of a cow, which was a favoured dish in Yorkshire, because of its cheapness)
Yok-sha ot’ pot (Yorkshire Hotpot: Lamb, carrots, onions & potatoes)
Yok-sha puddin’ (Yorkshire Pudding; batter-based that has nothing to do with sweet puddings)

The Famous Barnsley Chop(A cut from the Best End of a Lamb Saddle,slowly roasted over a period of three hours,weighing approximately one kilo in uncookedweight)


On Ilkla Moor Baht’at‘ is possibly the most famous of Yorkshire songs. The phrase “Bar-tat” translates as, “Without a Hat”.

Wear ‘as tha-bin since ah saw thee,
On Il-kley Moor bar-ta–at?
Wear ‘as tha-bin since ah saw thee?
Wear ‘as tha-bin since ah saw thee?
On Ilk-ley Moor bar-tat
On Ilk-ley Moor bar-tat
On Ilk-ley Moor bar-tat!
Thar’s been’a co-ortin’ Mary Jane
On Il-kley Moor bar-ta–at
Thar’s been’a co-ortin’ Mary Jane
Tha’s been’a co-ortin’ Mary Jane
Thar’s barn-ter t’catch thee death a’co-ed
On Ilk-ley Moor ba-ta–at
Tha’s barn-ter t’catch thee death a’co-ed
Tha’s barn t’catch thee death a’co-ed
Then we shall-ha’ to bury thee
On Il-kley Moor bar-ta–at
Then we shall-ha’ to bury thee
Then we shall-ha’ to bury thee
Then’t worms ‘ll cum and eat thee up
On Il-kley Moor bar-ta–at
Then’t worms ‘ll cum and eat thee up
Then’t worms ‘ll cum and eat thee up
Then’t ducks ‘ll cum and eat-up worms
On Il-kley Moor bar-ta–at
Then’t ducks ‘ll cum and eat-up worms
Then’t ducks ‘ll cum and eat-up worms
Then we shall go an’ eat-up ducks
On Il-kley Moor bar-ta–at
Then we shall go an’ eat-up ducks
Then we shall go an’ eat-up ducks
Then we shall-all-‘av etten thee
On Il-kley Moor bar-ta–at
Then we shall-all-‘av etten thee
Then we shall-all-‘av etten thee


Arctic Monkeys indie band
Arthur Aaron, VC, DFM, World War II bomber pilot
Alcuin, famous Christian monk
Sir Edward Appleton, Nobel Prize-winning physicist, radio engineer, discoverer of ionospheric propagation
Herbert Asquith, Liberal MP, Prime Minister 1908-1916
Mark Aston, rugby league player
Derek Bailey, composer and guitarist
Roy Bailey, folk singer
Barnsley Sime, SFR owner, DJ, minor rqdio star, Mod, socialist, scooterist, all round nice guy.
Sid Barras, cyclist
Julian Barratt, comedian, actor and writer, best known as one half of The Mighty Boosh
John Barry, composer, best known for his soundtracks for James Bond films and Midnight Cowboy
Sean Bean, actor
Henry Beauclerk, Norman King of England
Alan Bennett, playwright and actor
Harold “Dickie” Bird, cricket umpire
Brian Blessed, actor
Eirik Bloodaxe, 2nd King of Norway and last King of Jorvik
David Blunkett, Labour MP for Sheffield Brightside, Home Secretary 2001-2004
Ivar the Boneless, conqueror of Northumbrian Deira from the Angles
Betty Boothroyd, former Speaker of the House of Commons
Geoffrey Boycott, cricketer
John Braine, novelist and playwright
John Bratby, artist
Professor Asa Briggs, historian
Anne Brontë, writer, author of “The Tenant Of Wildfell Hall”
Branwell Brontë, writer and artist
Charlotte Brontë, writer, author of “Jane Eyre”
Emily Brontë, writer, author of “Wuthering Heights”
Arthur Brown, rock singer
Beryl Burton, cyclist
Marti Caine, comedienne
Lords Baltimore the founding colonists of Avalon Peninsula and Maryland
Tony Capstick, folk singer and actor
Kenny Carter, former world speedway champion
Barbara Castle, Labour MP, former Minister of Transport who introduced the breathalyser
Thomas Chippendale, furniture designer and maker
Tony Christie, singer
Howard Clark, Ryder Cup golfer
Jeremy Clarkson, broadcaster
Jarvis Cocker, lead singer of Pulp
Joe Cocker, rock singer
Sebastian Coe, athlete and politician
Constantine the Great, Roman Emperor crowned in Eboracum(York)
Capt. James Cook, Georgian oceanic explorer
Harry Corbett, puppeteer, creator of “Sooty and Sweep”
Olaf Cuaran, King of Dublin and Jorvik
Frederick Delius, composer
Michael Denison, actor
George Duffield, jockey
Richard Dunn, boxer
Saint Edwin of Northumbria, King of Northumbria
Adrian Edmondson, comedian and actor, “Vyvyan” in The Young Ones
Peter Elliott (athlete), athlete
Keith Emerson, organist
Professor Sir William Empson, author of “Seven Types Of Ambiguity”
Derek Enright, linguist and Labour MP
Frank Feather, international business futurist and author
Chris Firth, designer
Peter Firth, actor
Sir Marcus Fox, Conservative MP for Shipley (1970-1997), former chairman of the 1922 Committee
Mark Frith, editor, Heat magazine
Martin Fry, lead singer of ABC
Lesley Garrett, opera singer
Gareth Gates, singer
Brian Glover, actor and former wrestler
Guy Fawkes, of the Gunpowder Plot
Herol ‘Bomber’ Graham, boxer
J. Atkinson Grimshaw, artist
William Hague, MP and former leader of the Conservative Party
“Prince” Naseem Hamed, boxer
John Harrison, horologist and mathematician
Roy Hattersley, former deputy leader of the Labour Party
Denis Healey, former Chancellor of the Exchequer
Barry Hines, Author and film producer (“Kes”)
Allan Holdsworth, “jazz fusion” guitarist and composer
Robin Hood (Robert of Loxley), legendary outlaw and English folk hero
Karen Horner, local heiress and noted socialite
Professor Geoffrey Hounsfield, Nobel Prize-winning physicist
Professor Sir Fred Hoyle, astronomer and author of “A For Andromeda”
David Hockney, artist
Frankie Howerd, comedian
Ted Hughes, ex-husband of Sylvia Plath and former poet laureate
Sir Leonard Hutton, cricketer
Dorothy Hyman, athlete
Raymond Illingworth, cricketer
Sir Bernard Ingham, former press secretary to Margaret Thatcher
Amy Johnson, aviator
Kaiser Chiefs, indie band from Leeds
Kevin Keegan, former England footballer, now football manager
Les Kellett, wrestler and pig farmer
Richard H. Kirk, musician, member of Cabaret Voltaire
Jim Laker, cricketer and broadcaster
Charles Laughton, actor
Maureen Lipman, actress
Thomas Lord, builder of Lord’s Cricket Ground in London
Geoff Love, bandleader
George MacBeth, poet
John McLaughlin, jazz guitarist, founder of the Mahavishnu Orchestra
Stephen Mallender, musician, member of Cabaret Voltaire
Michael Marks, founder of Marks and Spencer
Andrew Marvell, poet
James Mason, actor
Roy Mason, former Labour MP and cabinet minister
John Metcalfe, aka “Blind Jack of Knaresborough”, pioneering road builder
Percy Metcalfe, artist
Henry Moore, sculptor
Adrian Moorhouse, Olympic swimmer
Don Mosey, cricket commentator and journalist, nicknamed “The Alderman”
Bill Nelson, lead guitarist in Be-Bop Deluxe
The Neville family, prior second family of Yorkshire after royal family
Richard Oastler, educationalist
Oswiu of Northumbria, first Angle King of all Northumbria and also Bretwalda
Peter O’Toole, actor
Michael Palin, actor and comedian (Monty Python’s Flying Circus)
Robert Palmer, singer
Jonti Picking, creator of the Weebl and Bob cartoon series
Michael Parkinson, chat show host
James Pickles, former High Court judge
Wilfred Pickles, actor, comedian and quizmaster
Edward Plantagenet, Yorkist Prince of Wales.
Sandy Powell, comedian
J. B. Priestley, man of letters
Joseph Priestley, chemist and discoverer of oxygen
Chris Rea, singer
Wilfred Rhodes, cricketer
Diana Rigg, actress, “Emma Peel” in The Avengers
Mick Ronson, guitarist with David Bowie’s Spiders From Mars
Steve Rothery, guitarist with Marillion
Sir Jimmy Savile, disc-jockey and broadcaster
Arthur Scargill, miners’ union leader
The Scrope family of nobles
David Seaman, footballer, 75 caps as England goalkeeper
Len Shackleton, England footballer, known as the “Clown Prince”
Paul Shane, actor and comedian
Percy Shaw, inventor of Cat’s Eyes
John Sherwood, athlete
Alan Smith, Ex-Leeds United and England footballer
Harvey Smith, showjumper and racehorse trainer
Patrick Stewart, actor, “Jean-Luc Picard” in Star Trek: The Next Generation
Charles Stross, science fiction writer (Singularity Sky)
Mollie Sugden, actress (Are You Being Served?)
Clive Sullivan, rugby league player
Roger Taylor, tennis player, Wimbledon men’s semi-finalist in 1973
Jake Thackray, folk singer
Jane Tomlinson, cancer charity fundraiser
Fred Trueman, cricketer
Eddie Waring, rugby league commentator
Keith Waterhouse, journalist and author
Fanny Waterman, concert pianist, music teacher, founder of the Leeds International Piano Festival
Timothy West, actor
Marco-Pierre White, chef
Billie Whitelaw, actress
Richard Whiteley, television presenter, Countdown
William Wilberforce, social campaigner who brought about the abolition of slavery
Saint Wilfrid
Charlie Williams, footballer and comedian
Harold Wilson, Labour MP, Prime Minister 1964-70 and 1974-76
Ray Wilson, footballer, part of the England World Cup-winning team of 1966
Chris Wolstenholme, musician in the English band, Muse
Helen Worth, soap opera actress (Coronation Street)
Frank Worthington, footballer

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