Monthly Archives: June 2017

Next event: A Walk in Rowntree Park

We still have a few places for our next event, which is on Friday evening 7 July 2017: A Walk in Rowntree Park, with Alison Sinclair. Booking is essential for this walk because of limited numbers. To book a place please contact Clements Hall on 01904 466086 or email  You can become a member […]

Pawnbrokers: the poor man’s banker

Pauline Alden has been looking at local pawnbrokers, after finding a local man appealing against conscription in 1916. Bertie Vowles, who lived in Colenso St, Clementhorpe, succeeded in his appeal, because of his job. Pawnbrokers played an important role in helping poor families to keep their heads above water, and were a common feature in […]

Walter Brierley – the architect of Scarcroft School

Friends of Scarcroft School invite you to an evening talk by Edward Waterson about Walter Brierley, the man who designed Scarcroft School. Come and find out why English Heritage describes the school as his masterpiece. Wednesday 28th June from 7pm to 8:15pm in the Upper Hall. The talk will be followed by questions and finish […]

Lady volunteers at Southlands Church in the First World War

Pauline Alden and Anne Houson have been exploring how local women at Southlands Methodist Church supported soldiers during the war. The Knavesmire was a tented village and men were billeted all over the area, stationed far away from home. Two ladies, Martha Daykin and Emily Elders played a significant role. Emily ran the confectioner’s shop […]