When you think of Yorkshire, what do you see? Vast stretches of untouched countryside. A blanket of frost covering the heather on a crisp winter’s morning. Or the emblematic White Rose.
Yorkshire, the largest of the UK’s counties, which has always had a distinct regional identity. One reason for this is that it is steeped in a rich history, most of which revolves around the Royal House of York and its antagonism with the House of Lancaster. These disputes were over the crown of England and the emergence of the House of Plantagenet after the death of the last Yorkist King, Richard III. The civil wars that ensued would see some of the bloodiest battles in British history take place on Yorkshire soil. They ended with the coming together of the two houses; the marriage of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York would unite the White Rose of Yorkshire and Red Rose of Lancashire to form the Tudor Rose of England. That Rose would come to symbolise a dynasty that would dominate the nation for centuries and leave Yorkshire forever a place of cultural and historical importance.
Next time you’re exploring its mountainous dales, or picnicking on its open moors, be sure not to be without this tea towel. It’s a true symbol of ‘God’s Own County’.