Author: John Heywood

John is a Yorkshire historian and writer who is delighted to be the centre manager at the historic Queens Mill in Castleford. He is thoroughly enjoying his role combining heritage and community in order to regenerate the town, improve educational attainment and bring the area’s long and fascinating history to a much wider audience. He is also the curator of the popular HistoryandHeritageYorkshire Twitter account @GenealogyBeech.


History and heritage Yorkshire: excursions to the coast

John Heywood

John Heywood visits the Victorian heyday of Yorkshire’s seaside resorts like Filey, Scarborough, and Redcar. The resorts boomed after the introduction of bank holidays into the calendar; although the tourists were popular with businesses, they were less so with locals.


History and heritage Yorkshire: King’s Manor, York

John Heywood

To me, King’s Manor is the perfect example of both an historic building and a major heritage asset. It has national, regional, and local significance and its use, especially for educational purposes, over such a long period of time, has touched the lives of many, mainly young people. Now that must be worth valuing and keeping.