War of the Roses

There has always been a ‘special’ kind of rivalry between Yorkshire and the north west. It all dates back to around 1455 when England was torn apart by a series of civil wars, with two branches of the ruling Plantagenet family fighting over the English crown.

Later, these were known as the Wars of the Roses – after what was claimed to have been the heraldic symbols used by the two sides: the red rose of the House of Lancaster and the white rose of the House of York. I decided that I would explore this further and find out whether there was still any lingering rivalry between Leeds and Manchester, and Yorkshire and the north west.

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