Pyramids in the Pennines

Pyramids and obelisks are a fanciful feature of the Yorkshire landscape – and, on July 14, there’s a chance to find out why.

Expert Joann Fletcher will be explaining how ancient Egyptian culture first arrived in Yorkshire with the Romans, then reappeared in the early 17th century when a Yorkshireman published the first English account of the pyramids. A craze for all things Ancient Egyptian is reflected by the Egyptian-style architecture across the county, from the pyramids and obelisks of Castle Howard to Bradford’s Undercliffe Cemetery and Leeds’ full-size replica Egyptian temple.

Ancient Egypt and Yorkshire: Land of the Gods in God’s Own Country is at

Artsmill, Linden Mill, Linden Road, Hebden Bridge from 4.30pm to 5.30pm and is one of more than 60 events in this year’s Hebden Bridge Arts Festival.

Hebden Bridge Arts Festival runs from June 30 to July 15 with a full programme of music, theatre, street entertainment, comedy and more.

Postal bookings opened on Monday, May 14 and programmes are available at libraries, tourist information centres other public venues, plus countless cafes, shops and pubs. The box office opens on June 16.


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