Penistone is an English market town in Yorkshire that is quite famous for its Penistone sheep (called white-faced woodlands in polite company). The name comes down from the ancient Welsh word meaning head, end, top, height, hill or rise although we choose not to speculate on the connection.

A dude called Sir Gyles Penyston was in charge of the placeduring the 13th Century, and the Penyston baronets descended from him still like to make out they are “cock of the hoop”. The only other useful information we can add is the Penistone Show dishes out prizes for pigeons, horses and chickens that rise above the average and are the climax of their breed.