Scientists say a regular intake of tea is good for the bones, cuts the risk of a heart attack, improves alertness and puts you in a better mood. I can’t vouch for the medicinal benefits but a steaming-hot cuppa certainly improves my mood. And in my house, whatever the problem – bout of flu, family crisis – the solution is always the same: put the kettle on.

In fact, my wife would go so far as to tell you I’m tea-obsessed. I have a special extra-large mug at home – more like a bucket really – that takes more than half a teapot to fill. It’s better that way, otherwise I’m repeatedly requesting top-ups.

Okay, I admit it, I have a tea addiction – more specifically a Yorkshire Tea addiction – but I gain comfort from the fact that I’m not alone. I’m pretty confident that the vast majority of you reading this magazine share my affliction, to a greater or lesser extent. If tea drinking was a sport, Yorkshire would surely top both the Commonwealth and Olympic medal tables.

In this month’s Dalesman, we celebrate Yorkshire’s love affair with tea. We investigate the origins of our tea slurping habit and visit some of the best tea shops in the county.

Also in this edition, we are given rare access to the top of the remarkable Emley Moor mast and we learn the extraordinary story of this record-breaking structure. I do hope you enjoy this issue of Dalesman. Just be sure to pop the kettle on first.

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This month’s great features


In search of the perfect cuppa
Simon Duffin tours North Yorkshire’s many tea rooms and coffee shops

How we drank tea
Peter Brears traces the origins of Yorkshire’s love affair with hot beverages

Emley Moor mast
Richard Aspinall takes a trip to the top of the UK’s tallest freestanding structure



J B in the Dales
In the first of a new series W R Mitchell recalls meeting J B Priestley

When the Great Yorkshire Show came to Skipton
Ella Hatfield tells the story of a weather-lashed event in September 1876

Hungry to succeed
Helen Johnson finds out why Malton is aiming to be the county’s food capital




Changing fashions
Kirsty McHugh takes a look at Yorkshire clothing 200 years ago

Eulogy for a ‘brutal’ Yorkshire monument
Chris Bye has fond memories of Yorkshire’s answer to Fleet Street

Bitter experience for Houdini
Colin Waite on a Leeds brewery challenge that defeated the great escape artist


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