1952 Yorkshire Woman’s Bread Recipe


There’s nothing better than a Yorkshire accent. There’s something about it that makes you smile. Especially when you meet people who don’t understand a word you say. The dialect changes as you drive a few miles down the road and that’s something we love.

Whether it is east, west, north or south, there is a change of accent that makes it pleasing to the ears. And this video that emerged of a 70-year-old woman in 1952 giving instructions on how to bake bread is one of the best things — and made our week.

Ms Hesselden, from the town of Pateley Bridge, which is now North Yorkshire, but historically West Riding, took part in the Orton Dialect survey. The Yorkshire woman born in 1882 shows just how strong an accent can be.

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Watch the video of Ms. Hesselden giving instructions on how to make bread below:

The survey of Orton’s dialect was undertaken between 1950 and 1961 under the direction of Professor Harold Orton of the Department of English at the University of Leeds. The aim was to capture the full range of discourse in England and Wales before local differences disappeared.

Some of the most Notable word choice as Mrs. Hesselden uses in its instructions are Georgia instead of leaving know Instead of that, nil for nothing and small for little and much more.

Check out the list of different word changes below:

  • go = go
  • front = front
  • arrive = maybe maybe
  • sae = so
  • small = small
  • weight = fabric
  • before = before
  • more = also
  • ya = one
  • the other = the other
  • hot = heat
  • kizzen = to dry/burn (food)
  • nothing = nothing
  • nobbut = only
  • bide = to rest, to leave

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