Thanks for your replies everyone, I found the timber in my parents in laws garage in England, it was up between the rafters and must have been up there for years. It was about inch and a quarter thick by nine and a half wide, the earlier photos I showed were taken indoors under artificial light, so I took the figured piece outside and took another snap of it. It's definitely yellow down the left hand side.
Do they have yellow pine in England? My impression was that their pine species was Scots pine. I've never used any but according to the wood-database its hardness looks to be pretty comparable to SYP (and a decent amount harder than Eastern White Pine). I suppose it's possible that it made its way across the ocean.
I've never heard of it being sold over here Jeremy, but my father in law was a pattern maker and in his later years took up turning and other woodworking pursuits, he used to go out to a place where they sold all sorts of timber including exotics, so I suppose he could have picked it up when out there. Anyway it's heavy and hard and I'll be using it as an apron around a knock down bench I'm building.
Just checked it out on Google and it is being sold over here now and they gave other names besides Yellow Pine as: American pitch pine, Gulf Coast pitch pine, long leaf pitch pine (UK, USA), southern pine (USA), long leaf pine, short leaf pine, loblolly pine.
I'm going to bed it's midnight here goodnight all and thanks again.
Yellow pine is not readily available in Canada either,but what we have which looks somewhat similar is Douglas fir ( aka:Oregon pine,Douglas pine),there's a lumber yard near me that imports Yellow pine but the price is higher than Cherry.
Here's a few pictures of Douglas fir:
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