Places to Visit by Region - Another Vintage Tour
This section was going to be a modern version of the Edwardian-era tour - but this changed when a copy of another book covering Yorkshire at the turn of the nineteenth century came our way.
So this is now a second tour around Yorkshire but based upon the “Highways and Byways in Yorkshire” by Arthur H Norway with illustrations by Joseph Pennell and Hugh Thomson that was first published in 1899.
We are working from our original printed copy. No public domain download-able versions have been spotted. [Update 25Jan2011 - A public domain copy is available at the Internet Archive. So this should speed up the checking of these scanned pages.....]. Other versions are available commercially as PDFs from Yorkshire Ancestors and Your Old Books and Maps.
The author, Arthur Hamilton Norway (1859-1938), was a British civil servant and writer born in Egloshayle, Cornwall. Amongst other posts he was Secretary at the Post Office of Ireland in the early 1900’s. He was the father of novelist Nevil Shute (Nevil Shute Norway; 1899-1960). Arthur also had an elder son, Second Lieutenant Frederick Hamilton Norway, who was killed fighting at Wimereux, Pas de Calais in 1915.
When published the book was given good reviews -
PALL MALL GAZETTE “The wonderful story of Yorkshire's past provides Mr. Norway with a wealth of interesting material, which he has used judiciously and well; each grey ruin of castle and abbey he has re-erected and re-peopled in the most delightful way. A better guide and story teller it would be hard to find."
OBSERVER "The fourth volume of the most fascinating series of topographical books yet published. Bright descriptions and happy anecdotes are given by the author, and innumerable 'bits' of Yorkshire scenery by two of the best black-and-white landscape artists of the day go to make up a volume which deserves a cordial welcome."
DAILY NEWS “The reputation of Messrs. Macmillan's 'Highways and Byways' series is fully sustained in this interesting volume, in which pen and pencil so happily combine."
Today the book’s language can often seem long-winded and confusing - using latin phrases, dialect words, references to little-known authors and a knowledge of history unlikely to be covered by any modern school curriculum. So this is not a punchy, bullet-point driven, instant guide and at times readers may feel like shouting “Get to the point!” - but does contain much that has been lost in 21st century culture. And all written by a Cornishman living in London.
Sometimes it is worth taking a look backwards ..... just for a change.
The book’s tour route consists of -
- BEVERLEY, HULL, FLAMBOROUGH, FILEY AND SCARBOROUGH
- HELMSLEY, RIEVAULX, BYLAND
- LASTINGHHAM, PICKERING, AND WHITBY
- WHITBY AND THE NORTH-EASTERN COAST
- NORTHALLERTON, CATTERICK, GRETA BRIDGE AND BARNARD CASTLE
- BARNARD CASTLE, TEESDALE, HIGH FORCE
- SWALEDALE AND THE PASS OF BUTTERTUBS
- LEYBURN, MIDDLEHAM, COVERHAM, JERVAUX AND HACKFALL
- WHARFEDALE, BOLTON PRIORY AND SKIPTON
- KIRKSTALL, WAKEFIELD AND THE APPROACH TO SHEFFIELD
Hopefully the text and supporting images will become available online over the next few months.