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Did you know Roman ghosts are said to roam Treasurer’s House in York and ‘Scousers’ – the nickname given to people from Liverpool – derives from ‘Lobscouse’, a Scandinavian stew eaten by sailors who visited the port. Find out more with our 36 fascinating facts about Northern England...

  • Ghosts of the Roman army are said to roam Treasurer’s House in York, which has won the Guinness World Record for ghosts of the greatest longevity.
  • Cambridge scientists back up the old suspicion that people are friendlier up North. A recent survey of personalities in Great Britain shows that Northern England is one of the friendliest places in the country. Now that’s worth a smile and a hearty ‘hallo’!
  • You might recognise tracts of Northern England from these TV series and films that were filmed here: Heartbeat was filmed in the North York Moors and used the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. Brideshead Revisited – the TV series – was based at Castle Howard (which was also the location for the same titled film in 2008). The original film about James Herriot of All Creatures Great and Small fame was set around Malton and Pickering. Chatsworth and Lyme Park stately homes and Stanage Edge, a dramatic rocky outcrop in the Peak District, have all made appearances in various versions of Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice.
North Yorkshire Moors Railway North Yorkshire Moors Railway
  • The nickname given to people from Liverpool is ‘Scousers’. It derives from ‘Lobscouse’, which was a Scandinavian stew eaten by the sailors who visited the port. Local families rather took to the dish so much that the name stuck to them!
  • The Ryedale Folk Museum is the home of the oldest daylight photographic studio in the country. Dating back to 1902, this Edwardian photographic studio incorporated a darkroom and a finishing room at one end, with a large area lit by daylight illumination suitable for photography. In 1911 it was dismantled from its location in York and transported by horses and carts to Hutton le Hole.
  • Remember Bond villain Jaws biting through a cable in Moonraker? Well, sorry to break it to you, but it wasn’t a real cable. It was, in fact, liquorice from Pontefract, a town with a proud liquorice heritage. The annual Pontefract Liquorice Festival celebrates the local link to liquorice growing and sweet production with street entertainment, live music, art workshops and fun activities, as well as local produce from over 60 market stalls.
Cragside Cragside
  • The friction match you light your candles with invented in 1826 in Stockton-on-Tees by John Walker. Known locally as ‘Stockton’s Encyclopedia”, Walker chose not to patent his invention, instead making it freely available to everyone. But in 1829, Samuel Jones of London patented an exact copy of Walkers "Friction Lights". Ouch.
  • Dunham Massey holds what are considered to be the earliest egg cups in England, as well as an unusually large number of silver chamber pots – 15 in total.
  • The first house in the world to be lit by hydroelectricity, Cragside was created by a visionary Victorian engineer, William Armstrong. The house had hot running water, a Turkish bath suite, hot room, rain shower and plunge bath back in the 1870s.
Beatrix Potter's Hill Top Farm Beatrix Potter's Hill Top Farm
  • A young William Shakespeare may have performed at Rufford Old Hall. There’s evidence to suggest that the Hesketh company of players, who performed in the impressive Great Hall in around 1581, included one William Shakeshaft – one of the many alternative spellings of Shakespeare’s name.
  • Beatrix Potter bought Hill Top in 1905, where the surrounding Lake District wildlife inspired her famous children’s books.
  • The North York Moors National Park has the largest expanse of heather upland in England and the nearby Dalby Forest has the largest upland heath forest in the country.

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