Category Our Neighbourhood

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 […]

28 Nunnery Lane – an off licence for over seventy years

Martin Reagan is a follower of our website and contacted us with some information about his family: “My late father lived on Nunnery Lane as a child, on the junction of Nunnery Lane and Price’s Lane.  Their house, along with a few others, was demolished some years later, to make way for the current junction, […]

Five Streets: the Early History of the Scarcroft Road Estate, York

This Friday evening, 10 March 2017, Mark Service will be talking about Five Streets: the Early History of the Scarcroft Road Estate, York. Mark first presented some of his research at a very popular meeting here four years ago, and we’ve invited him back again. It’s based on his York MA in the Archaeology of […]

Teddy Boy attraction on Bishy Road

During much of the last century, one half of the premises now occupied by Trinacria on Bishopthorpe Road was a gentleman’s outfitters. In the 1920’s it was Tom Dixon, and then from the 1930’s until the mid 1960’s it was John Shillito Piercy. However many people will still remember Leeming & Salisbury, which lasted from […]

Historic Pubs : a conservation issue pioneered in York

We take pride in our wonderful heritage pubs in York, with their celebrated historic interiors, including the Swan and the Golden Ball in our own local area. But did you know that the campaign to save Britain’s historic pub interiors had its origins here in York around 40 years ago? In 1978 the local York […]