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  • William Kent (c.1685 - 1748)
    William Kent (born Cant) From Wikipedia William Kent (c. 1685 – 12 April 1748) was an eminent English architect, landscape architect and furniture designer of the early 18th century. Kent ...
  • Myles Coverdale, Bishop of Exeter (1488 - 1568)
    Bishop of Exeter Born: 1488 in Coverdale, Yorkshire Died: 20th May 1569 in London Miles Coverdale, born in Yorkshire and educated at Cambridge, became an Augustinian canon, but was afterwards one of ...
  • Thomas Harrison (1744 - 1829)
    Thomas Harrison Thomas Harrison (7 August (baptised) 1744 – 29 March 1829) was an English architect and bridge engineer who trained in Rome, where he studied classical architecture. Returning ...
  • John Harrison (1693 - 1776)
    John Harrison (24 March 1693 – 24 March 1776) was a self-educated English clockmaker. He invented the marine chronometer, a long-sought device in solving the problem of establishing the East-Wes...
  • Brian Blessed
    Brian Blessed was born at Montagu Hospital in Mexborough, Yorkshire, the son of William Blessed, a socialist miner, and Hilda Wall, Blessed. He attended Bolton on Dearne Secondary Modern School, but ...

Famous People Connected to Yorkshire

Image right - Amy Johnson

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  • Herbert Henry Asquith (1852–1928) born in Morley; Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1908-16
  • James Henry Atkinson (1849–1942) in Leeds; inventor of the mousetrap
  • Edward Victor Appleton (1892–19650 Nobel Prize in Physics in 1947


  • Sir Donald Bailey (1901–1985) inventor of the Bailey Bridge
  • William Bateson (1861–1926) geneticist; first to use term genetics

  • George Birkbeck (1776–1841)doctor, philanthropist, founder of Birkbeck College
  • William Bradford (1589–1657) born in Austerfield; Plymouth governor, pilgrim father
  • Joseph Bramah (1748–1814) invented hydraulic press; one of two founders of hydraulic engineering
  • Harry Brearley (1871–1948) Sheffield inventor of stainless steel
  • Henry Briggs (mathematician) (1561–1630) perfected system of logarithms used today by astronomers, navigators etc.
  • Anne Brontë (1820-1849) born Thornton; writer, author of "The Tenant of Wildfell Hall"
  • Branwell Brontë (1817-1848) born Thornton; writer and artist
  • Charlotte Brontë (1816-1855) born Thornton; writer, author of "Jane Eyre"
  • Emily Brontë (818-1848) born Thornton; writer, author of "Wuthering Heights"


  • Captain James Cook (1728-1779) Marton, Middlesbrough; Georgian oceanic explorer. Cook was the first to map Newfoundland prior to making three voyages to the Pacific Ocean

  • Myles Coverdale, Bishop of Exeter (1488-1568) born in Yorkshire. One of the earliest supporters of the English Reformation. He assisted Tyndale in the complete version of the Bible




  • Guy Fawkes (1570–1606) born in York, traitor, Yorkshire born soldier and part of the Gunpowder Plot



  • John Harrison Foulby 1693–1776 horologist and mathematician



  • Amy Johnson (1903-1941) was born in Hull Pioneering English aviator.Flying solo or with her husband, Jim Mollison, Johnson set numerous long-distance records during the 1930s. Johnson flew in the Second World War as a part of the Air Transport Auxiliary where she died during a ferry flight.


  • William Kent (c. 1685 – 12 April 1748), English architect, landscape architect and furniture designer born in Bridlington, Yorkshire. He was baptised (on 1 January 1686) as William Cant.
  • Sir Ben Kingsley born Krishna Pandit Bhanji in 1943 in Snainton.








  • Augustus Pitt Rivers (1827–1900) British Army officer, ethnologist, anthropologist and archaeologist


  • Helen Sharman; Born Sheffield 1963 - first British Asatronaut
  • Percy Shaw (1889–1975) born Halifax inventor of the Cat's Eyes reflecting roadstuds
  • John Smeaton (1724-1792) civil engineer responsible for the design of bridges, canals, harbours and lighthouses.


  • Nicholas Saunderson (1682–1739) Thurlstone - Lucasian Professor of Mathematics, University of Cambridge
  • Frederick Sewards ("Fred") Trueman 1931-2006. English cricketer.





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