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Dobcross, Denshaw, Diggle and Delph – could be the characters from a children’s TV programme  or a firm of solicitors, but as you probably know they’re habitations in and around Saddleworth. Here, high on the windswept Pennines at Grains Bar, is the ancient border between Lancashire and Yorkshire  and where on Saturday I witnessed the unveiling of two signs to remind travellers on these lofty roads just where they are. The Saddleworth White Rose Society, staunch supporters of the traditional Yorkshire boundary, were the prime movers in the project. The society’s website proclaims: ‘Although entirely on the western side of the Pennine watershed, Saddleworth’s links with the County of York can be traced back in history to Norman times.  Saddleworth, or Quick as it was alternatively known, was throughout the Middle Ages a Township in the West Riding of Yorkshire and had from the twelfth century been part of the Honour of Pontefract, the Yorkshire fiefdom of the de Lacy family, granted to them by the Conqueror.’
Can’t argue with that then, and good luck to the society as they continue to carry the banner for real Yorkshire. The other sign, by the way, is something to do with Lancashire.

Don’t miss May’s Dalesman which is now on sale… included is a fantastic walk in Wharfedale, a round up of some of Yorkshire’s best gardens and a list of this year’s finalists in the county’s top rural awards.

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