Category People


Our next meeting is on Friday 22 September 2017, when our speaker will be Elizabeth Smith, from Dringhouses Local History Group, with a talk entitled From Gillamoor to Dringhouses: The Life of John Close, Gentleman. Please note this is a change to our advertised talk on the Historic Towns Atlas, as that speaker is unfortunately […]

End of an era

Sadly we say goodbye this month to Caroline Lewis, who has run the independent delicatessen, The Good Food Shop, on Bishy Road for thirteen years, with many locally sourced, tasty food products. Over the last 120 years the shop has housed a number of trades. It was a drapers for a long time, Thorolds, in […]

Maria Button – a story of poverty

Pauline Alden has been researching the life of a young woman in our area, following up a brief story in the York Herald from January 1916. The results of her explorations show the fascinating importance of archival records in providing a fuller picture behind such reports. Maria Button struggled with poverty and ill-health and her […]

The Dodsworth sisters

Anne Houson has been researching the three Dodsworth sisters, Dorothy, Kit and Evie, and their role in the First World War.  Although they came from a privileged background and lived at Clifton before the war, Dorothy worked as a VAD nurse at Nunthorpe Hall and the sisters were also working at Cooke’s munition factory in […]

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, […]

‘A brave bright devotion to duty’: YMCA driver Betty Stevenson

Pauline Alden has been researching the role of local women in the First World War, including the story of Betty Stevenson. Betty worked with the YMCA, an organisation which played a tremendous role in supporting soldiers overseas. See her story here

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 […]