Yorkshire West Riding: Leeds, Bradford and the North

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Yale University Press, 2009 - Architecture - 824 pages
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The West Riding of Yorkshire was the largest of England's historic counties. This volume covers the northern half of the territory from the outskirts of York to the edge of the Lake District. It is full of contrasts, from the urbanised landscape of the cities of Leeds, with its proud civic buildings by Cuthbert Brodrick, and Bradford, possessor of one of the finest collections of commercial warehouses in the country, to their hinterland of tightknit mill-towns and villages pushing into the Pennines. There can be found the houses of the seventeenth-century minor gentry, and the substantial yeoman farmers and clothiers. To the north-west are the still sparsely populated Yorkshire Dales - Ruskin's 'truly wonderful country', its beauties and curiosities admired by tourists since the eighteenth century. On the gentler eastern edge of the Pennines are the major survivals of the Cistercian Order - Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, the nearby cathedral town of Ripon and spa town of Harrogate, and the opulently agricultural 'broad acres' beyond, forming part of the Vale of York, counting among its monuments the magnificent designed landscape of Bramham Park.

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Peter Leach is a partner at BDO Stoy Hayward LLP, part of the world's fifth largest accountancy network. He has pioneered family business research in the UK and is founder and chairman of the Stoy Centre for Family Business. BDO Stoy Hayward is widely recognized as the leading adviser to family businesses in the UK.

He is a former architecture historian.

John Minnis has more than 25 years of experience as an editor and journalist. Lauren Beaver is a Michigan State University student pursuing a career in book publishing. Photographs included in Michigan State Fair are courtesy of the Burton Historical Collection of the Detroit Public Library, Wayne State University's Walter P. Reuther Library, Michigan and state fair archives, and promoter Bob Harris. This book will serve as a lasting memory of "the Nation's Oldest State Fair.

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