The Yorkshire Dialect:
The Tweed Flat Cap is associated with the stereotypical Yorkshireman and up until the 1970s, most Yorkshiremen would have no more left the house without a tweed flat cap than they would have without trousers; this may well have been just a status symbol, but regardless of the fact most, if not all, manual workers and miners passed through the factory, or pit, gates wearing flat caps; Yorkshiremen were proud of their caps and would often get compliments on theirs, such as "By 'eck lad, thi'l look a reet bobby dazzler in thi cap! ".
However, the Yorkshire flat cap has declined over recent years and it took a terrible knock with the closure of the JW Myers factory, the world's biggest cap maker, at Holbeck in Leeds; its heyday was in the 1920s but after 111 years, production was switched to the Chinese city of Panyu. Kangol.
One of the most common stereotypes of a Yorkshire person is being tight with money, there is a British saying that "A Yorkshireman is a Scotsman with all the generosity squeezed out of him", which references how Scots are also stereotyped as being tight but not as tight as Yorkshire people; this stereotype can also be seen in the following Yorkshireman's Motto:
'Ear all, see all, say nowt;
Eyt all, sup all, pay nowt;
And if ivver tha does owt fer nowt;
Do it fer thissen.
'Hear all, see all, say nothing;
Eat all, drink all, pay nothing;
And if ever you do anything for nothing;
Do it for yourself.
Therefore, it wasn't meanness, it was thrift and frugality; it was basically a question of survival; the Yorkshire people had to learn how to make money last and would think twice before wasting it, or giving it away; they believed that charity started at home and that feeding and clothing the family came first.
Yorkshire people are also often stereotyped as being friendly but 'bloody-minded', showing true'Yorkshire-stubborness' and being 'argumentative'; and there may be some truth in this because throughout the history of the area, going back to the time of the Romans, the tribal Brigantes, the Norman period and the Wars of the Roses, the region has seen a number of rebellions against non-Yorkshire or non-Northern rulers.
Another stereotype often heard in connection with Yorkshire workers is the proverb "Where there’s muck, there’s brass"; this refers to the widely held view that where one is willing to do undesirable work, there is plenty of money to be made.
Other typical Yorkshire sayings
Laziness: 'Ees that idle ee thinks manual labour's a Spanish Socialist.' or 'There's more work in a Beecham's pill.'
Someone who talks too much: 'Tha talks like an alfpenny book baht leaves' or 'Tha knows some clog iron'.
Restlessness: 'As fidgetty as a fly in a bottle.'.
Someone really stupid is: 'Ten pence t' t'shilling', 'Ee couldn't it t'barn door sat ont'sneck.', 'If is brains were dynamite they wouldn't blow is cap off!' or 'As thick as two short planks'.
Someone considered weak: 'Ee's as strong as chip 'oil vinegar'.
Not good looking: 'Ee's a face like a busted clog'.
Hungry: 'He'd eat t'oven door if it were buttered'.
Nervy: 'Tha's as edgy as a crocodile in an andbag factory.'.
Words of advice: 'Tha munt ever be t'main man at a weddin or a funeral', 'There's nowt so queer as folk' or 'T'truth nivver urt any-one'.
And one of my favourites: An elderly Yorshireman will often beam with pride when evoking memories of being a happy youth, when they could "go to t'pub on t'bus and still have brass left for chips wi' bits on t'way 'ome.".
Ferret Legging - A Yorkshire Sport:
Retired miner Reg Mellor, from Barnsley, set a new world record time of five hours and twenty-six minutes on 5 July 1981 at the Annual Pennine Show at Holmfirth, Yorkshire; he had practised the sport since his youth, but had received no recognition until he set the new world record; Mellor, who had hunted with ferrets in the dales outside of Barnsley for many years, had grown accustomed to keeping them in his trousers to keep them warm and dry when out working in the rain; Mellor's trick was to ensure that the ferrets were well-fed before they were inserted into his trousers.