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A moorland chain

Youth hostels started slowly in Northumberland but the county should have been one of the first to have youth hostels because it was running hostels, a chain of them, in the far north east, before anyone else.It should have been able to claim a status as the foremost group in Britain, beating the group on... Continue Reading →

Profiles

A guest post from John Martin Descriptive studies of individual hostels are one of the most popular features of this site. John Martin, YHA's hon archivist, has kindly put together a guest blog about these profiles with a full list of all those available at this time - the list grows constantly - and where... Continue Reading →

A circle in Lakeland

Youth hostels often seem like an urban idea but the origins of youth hostels in the Lake District show us something very different. They began in the Lake District in a haphazard and unorganised way after a schoolteacher, on the eastern Pennine fringe of the region, opened one hostel. Another opened on the edge Windermere... Continue Reading →

Duties, chores: a dusting down

"Each member is required to carry out hostel duties as directed by the warden"* What do you remember about youth hostel chores? Washing up or dusting down? The daily chore was the centre piece of staying in a hostel from 1930 until at least the 1980s. Everyone swept, mopped, polished, scrubbed, or did any one... Continue Reading →

The first youth hostel Christmas

Pennant Hall, photo courtesy YHA Archive  On a bright December day in 1930, Connie Alexander was walking down Lord Street in Liverpool. She was happy and carefree. Christmas was coming and bright days in December can be few. On a street corner she bumped into two friends in the middle of an animated discussion. Her... Continue Reading →

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