53 pictures of York in the early 1970s

53 pictures of York in the early 1970s

53 pictures of York in the early 1970s

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Are you ready for another stroll along memory lane in York?

Our galleries of pictures from the 1950s and 1960s proved hugely popular - so we've gone back into our archives, for pictures from the 1970s.

Here are from the early 1970s - 1970 through to 1973 inclusive. Watch this space for more from the mid-1970s to follow and then the late-70s in due course as well.

What are your memories of York in the 70s? Share your stories below or email our features team.

 

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1970 - Demolition of York's St George's Hall in Castlegate

 

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1970 - Fulford Councty Secondary School's new swimming bath

 

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1970 - York City manager Tom Johnston takes pictures of his team

 

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1970 - A busy scene at Queen's Staith. Shipping operators were confident York had a future as a seagoing port for ships up to about 300 tons

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1970 - "A touch of Paris in the centre of York," reads our original caption, after magistrates allowed a three-week trial of an outdoor cafe in the Theatre Royal forecourt.

 

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1970 - An employee at the Redfearn National Glass factory

 

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1970 - St Leonard's Place during a bus strike

 

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1970 - Walmgate

 

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1970 - Spurriergate

 

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1970 - Low Petergate

 

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1970 - High Petergate

 

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1970 - Goodramgate

 

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1970 - Goodramgate

 

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1970 - Goodramgate

 

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1970 - One last one of Goodramgate

 

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1970 - Fossgate

 

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1970 - Fossgate

 

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1971 - 160 Gurkha bandsmen prepare to march through the city-centre

 

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1971 - Boarded-up properties in Gillygate

 

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1971 - Museum Street

 

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1971 - The Queen in York, for the city's 1900th anniversary celebrations

 

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1971 - Crowds watch as the Queen heads through the city

 

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1971 - The Ben Johnson shop on Micklegate

 

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1972 - Crowds at the Ebor Festival at York Races

 

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1972 - Stonegate, York's first pedestrian precinct

 

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1972 - The corner of Gillygate and Bootham

 

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1972 - The chemist's shop near Micklegate Bar that was soon to become a restaurant

 

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1972 - The old Co-op store in George Hudson Street

 

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1972 - The long bar in the new Painted Waggon Saloon

 

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1972 - Railway employees restoring an old coach

 

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1972 - The Queen in York again, for Maundy Thursday 

 

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1972 - A view of Union Terrace 

 

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1972 - Restoration work at Fairfax House

 

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1972 - St Leonard's Place through Queen Margaret's Arch

 

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1972 - A dredger at work near Lendal Bridge

 

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1972 - Excavations in York Minster

 

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1972 - The old Ebor Brewery in Aldwark before demolition...

 

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1972 - ... and during demolition

 

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1972 - The dredger Reklaw passing Queen's Staith

 

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1972 - Clifford's Tower on a wet night

 

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1972 - St George's Baths are demolished

 

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1973 - An interior shot of Reynard's garage

 

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1973 - Students from Ampleforth College tour the Terry's Factory during Easter production

 

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1973 - Another busy scene on the Ouse

 

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1973 -  Some of the 70 old girls of York College for Girls who attended a re-union dinner in the Merchant Taylors Hall with Miss H C Randall (right) who was headmistress from 1944 to 1964

 

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1973 - The Rowntree's Rugby Union 1st XV

 

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1973 - Anne and Frank Hill outside the Ousebridge Inn (now the King's Arms), which was closing for refurbhisment

 

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1973 - Workmen replacing brickwork in the huge Elect Cocoa sign at the Rowntree factory

 

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1973 - The nativity scene at York Mystery Plays

 

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1973 - A busy Christmas shift in store at York sorting office

 

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1973 - Guildhall reflected in the Ouse

 

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1973 - Looking across the Ouse from the back of Coney Street, towards what is now the Aviva offices in Wellington Row

 

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1973 - Rubbish piles up outside Fulford Hospital during strike action

 

 

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2:29pm Fri 29 Aug 14

Terry3 says...

Thanks to the Press for my daily feed of memories.. Have not seen the city since 1972, and all these old photos keep the memories alive.
Thanks to the Press for my daily feed of memories.. Have not seen the city since 1972, and all these old photos keep the memories alive. Terry3
  • Score: 38

4:11pm Fri 29 Aug 14

the andrew says...

Painted Wagon, memories.
Painted Wagon, memories. the andrew
  • Score: 21

5:24pm Fri 29 Aug 14

WiseOldBob says...

Fabulous, thank you!
You say that Stonegae was the first pedestrianised street in York, but I believe it was the first one in the country!
Fabulous, thank you! You say that Stonegae was the first pedestrianised street in York, but I believe it was the first one in the country! WiseOldBob
  • Score: 13

6:27pm Fri 29 Aug 14

smith c says...

Many thanks for this series of photos of York, they bring back so many happy memories.
Many thanks for this series of photos of York, they bring back so many happy memories. smith c
  • Score: 23

8:33pm Fri 29 Aug 14

piaggio1 says...

Ahhh. The painted wagon..
Camerons me thinks.
Just remember icegold lager...n as for the centre bar!!! Anyone remember that..
Ahhh. The painted wagon.. Camerons me thinks. Just remember icegold lager...n as for the centre bar!!! Anyone remember that.. piaggio1
  • Score: 16

9:07pm Fri 29 Aug 14

pip007 says...

the andrew wrote:
Painted Wagon, memories.
Nice to see that place again. I worked on some of the architectural drawings for the Painted Wagon in 1972. It was designed by Waites and Moorey who were then in Blake Street.
[quote][p][bold]the andrew[/bold] wrote: Painted Wagon, memories.[/p][/quote]Nice to see that place again. I worked on some of the architectural drawings for the Painted Wagon in 1972. It was designed by Waites and Moorey who were then in Blake Street. pip007
  • Score: 9

9:11pm Fri 29 Aug 14

Pinza-C55 says...

Curious to see pictures of Petergate and Goodramgate with hardly any traffic at all, and shops which were actually useful to York residents rather than endless strings of cafes and bars?
Curious to see pictures of Petergate and Goodramgate with hardly any traffic at all, and shops which were actually useful to York residents rather than endless strings of cafes and bars? Pinza-C55
  • Score: 3

9:15pm Fri 29 Aug 14

redlands says...

The Centre Bar, my first pub, my boss would take me in there under age. Great juke box selection, plenty of Sam Cooke. Later in 76 & 77 the Munster Bar underneath was a favourite hang out, strippers at lunch time, punk bands by night. Happy days!
The Centre Bar, my first pub, my boss would take me in there under age. Great juke box selection, plenty of Sam Cooke. Later in 76 & 77 the Munster Bar underneath was a favourite hang out, strippers at lunch time, punk bands by night. Happy days! redlands
  • Score: 11

10:00pm Fri 29 Aug 14

A.P.Feeders says...

redlands wrote:
The Centre Bar, my first pub, my boss would take me in there under age. Great juke box selection, plenty of Sam Cooke. Later in 76 & 77 the Munster Bar underneath was a favourite hang out, strippers at lunch time, punk bands by night. Happy days!
Strippers at lunchtime midweek?this sounds fantastic
[quote][p][bold]redlands[/bold] wrote: The Centre Bar, my first pub, my boss would take me in there under age. Great juke box selection, plenty of Sam Cooke. Later in 76 & 77 the Munster Bar underneath was a favourite hang out, strippers at lunch time, punk bands by night. Happy days![/p][/quote]Strippers at lunchtime midweek?this sounds fantastic A.P.Feeders
  • Score: 11

10:18pm Fri 29 Aug 14

TrackRacer says...

I was enjoying the nostalgia trip through the photos with memories of Georges Baths, Painted Wagon etc when I came across a photo of myself as part of the Rowntrees Rugby team, my god now I feel old :-((. I wonder where all the others are now ??
I was enjoying the nostalgia trip through the photos with memories of Georges Baths, Painted Wagon etc when I came across a photo of myself as part of the Rowntrees Rugby team, my god now I feel old :-((. I wonder where all the others are now ?? TrackRacer
  • Score: 14

11:08pm Fri 29 Aug 14

stopatred says...

Just shows what York was like all them years ago. Spent many happy days at St George,s pool . well done York press .
Just shows what York was like all them years ago. Spent many happy days at St George,s pool . well done York press . stopatred
  • Score: 12

11:29pm Fri 29 Aug 14

deckhanddave says...

piaggio1 wrote:
Ahhh. The painted wagon..
Camerons me thinks.
Just remember icegold lager...n as for the centre bar!!! Anyone remember that..
Market Tavern. Aquarius night club. The Tiger. Grob and Ducet. **** and Lion changed to the 1900. Little & Big Coaches. Hypnotique. Cats Whiskers. The list goes on. I think I had drank in most of them by the time I was eighteen.
[quote][p][bold]piaggio1[/bold] wrote: Ahhh. The painted wagon.. Camerons me thinks. Just remember icegold lager...n as for the centre bar!!! Anyone remember that..[/p][/quote]Market Tavern. Aquarius night club. The Tiger. Grob and Ducet. **** and Lion changed to the 1900. Little & Big Coaches. Hypnotique. Cats Whiskers. The list goes on. I think I had drank in most of them by the time I was eighteen. deckhanddave
  • Score: 16

11:37pm Fri 29 Aug 14

deckhanddave says...

**** Really? Actually I'm not sure if it was **** and Lion now. Darn, I can't remember. There was one on Brid seafront called that but what was the 1900? it's now the Golden Lion. I think it was COCKerill and summat. Ignore erill.
**** Really? Actually I'm not sure if it was **** and Lion now. Darn, I can't remember. There was one on Brid seafront called that but what was the 1900? it's now the Golden Lion. I think it was COCKerill and summat. Ignore erill. deckhanddave
  • Score: 4

2:43am Sat 30 Aug 14

Terry3 says...

Georges baths.. God how I hated having to go there with the school.. But the fairs on St Georges field? Magic.
Georges baths.. God how I hated having to go there with the school.. But the fairs on St Georges field? Magic. Terry3
  • Score: 9

8:17am Sat 30 Aug 14

whitehorse says...

This feature has been really interesting. On one level its fascinating to see how much has changed. On the other hand its also fascinating to see how much has stayed the same.
This feature has been really interesting. On one level its fascinating to see how much has changed. On the other hand its also fascinating to see how much has stayed the same. whitehorse
  • Score: 5

8:19am Sat 30 Aug 14

eeoodares says...

1972 - The dredger Reklaw passing Queen's Staith .... That does not look muck like Queens Staith to me. Where abouts is it?
1972 - The dredger Reklaw passing Queen's Staith .... That does not look muck like Queens Staith to me. Where abouts is it? eeoodares
  • Score: 1

1:12pm Sat 30 Aug 14

Buzzz Light-year says...

Another great series of pics from the past, thank you Press.

The pics of the busy river are great and Exhibition Square looks lovely all traffic free and especially bus free.
Another great series of pics from the past, thank you Press. The pics of the busy river are great and Exhibition Square looks lovely all traffic free and especially bus free. Buzzz Light-year
  • Score: 3

2:50pm Sat 30 Aug 14

Terry3 says...

@eeoodares
Surely the Press is right..it's been forty two years, but I am sure I remember correctly. Kings Staith on the left looking from the bridge and Queens on the right..My uncle had barges there.
@eeoodares Surely the Press is right..it's been forty two years, but I am sure I remember correctly. Kings Staith on the left looking from the bridge and Queens on the right..My uncle had barges there. Terry3
  • Score: 1

4:19pm Sat 30 Aug 14

piaggio1 says...

Aquarias..ho yep .down the spiral staicase..use to park all the scooters round the back..then over road to big coach..appy daze
Aquarias..ho yep .down the spiral staicase..use to park all the scooters round the back..then over road to big coach..appy daze piaggio1
  • Score: 3

7:36pm Sat 30 Aug 14

parkthebus says...

redlands wrote:
The Centre Bar, my first pub, my boss would take me in there under age. Great juke box selection, plenty of Sam Cooke. Later in 76 & 77 the Munster Bar underneath was a favourite hang out, strippers at lunch time, punk bands by night. Happy days!
Aah, the Centre Bar. 'One Wonderful Moment' by The Shakers on the jukebox and then on to the Hypnotique to see some class Northern Soul acts like The Exciters and Edwin Starr. We graduated there after the New Earswick Bop, and split our time between the Centre Bar, the Hyppo and Wigan Casino. Keep The Faith!
[quote][p][bold]redlands[/bold] wrote: The Centre Bar, my first pub, my boss would take me in there under age. Great juke box selection, plenty of Sam Cooke. Later in 76 & 77 the Munster Bar underneath was a favourite hang out, strippers at lunch time, punk bands by night. Happy days![/p][/quote]Aah, the Centre Bar. 'One Wonderful Moment' by The Shakers on the jukebox and then on to the Hypnotique to see some class Northern Soul acts like The Exciters and Edwin Starr. We graduated there after the New Earswick Bop, and split our time between the Centre Bar, the Hyppo and Wigan Casino. Keep The Faith! parkthebus
  • Score: 4

8:12am Sun 31 Aug 14

deckhanddave says...

My oh my! Wigan casino. Don't forget the Assembly rooms as the starting point for youngsters in their teens.
My oh my! Wigan casino. Don't forget the Assembly rooms as the starting point for youngsters in their teens. deckhanddave
  • Score: 1

9:31am Sun 31 Aug 14

Willieeckerslike says...

parkthebus wrote:
redlands wrote:
The Centre Bar, my first pub, my boss would take me in there under age. Great juke box selection, plenty of Sam Cooke. Later in 76 & 77 the Munster Bar underneath was a favourite hang out, strippers at lunch time, punk bands by night. Happy days!
Aah, the Centre Bar. 'One Wonderful Moment' by The Shakers on the jukebox and then on to the Hypnotique to see some class Northern Soul acts like The Exciters and Edwin Starr. We graduated there after the New Earswick Bop, and split our time between the Centre Bar, the Hyppo and Wigan Casino. Keep The Faith!
Brilliant, just the mention has brought back happy memories for me of the places.
[quote][p][bold]parkthebus[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]redlands[/bold] wrote: The Centre Bar, my first pub, my boss would take me in there under age. Great juke box selection, plenty of Sam Cooke. Later in 76 & 77 the Munster Bar underneath was a favourite hang out, strippers at lunch time, punk bands by night. Happy days![/p][/quote]Aah, the Centre Bar. 'One Wonderful Moment' by The Shakers on the jukebox and then on to the Hypnotique to see some class Northern Soul acts like The Exciters and Edwin Starr. We graduated there after the New Earswick Bop, and split our time between the Centre Bar, the Hyppo and Wigan Casino. Keep The Faith![/p][/quote]Brilliant, just the mention has brought back happy memories for me of the places. Willieeckerslike
  • Score: 1

10:37am Mon 1 Sep 14

LeftyLoony says...

Weird! That swimming pool at Fulford School was definitely still there in the 90s when I attended - it was absolutely freezing all the time and swimming lessons used to be a source of dread for most of us. Many of us girls were biological miracles back then, managing to have a time of the month on an almost weekly basis!
I enjoy looking at pictures of old York, but I find these sorts of photos more interesting - the ones where I can see things that I remember myself. I hope this series is going to take in the 80s as well!
Weird! That swimming pool at Fulford School was definitely still there in the 90s when I attended - it was absolutely freezing all the time and swimming lessons used to be a source of dread for most of us. Many of us girls were biological miracles back then, managing to have a time of the month on an almost weekly basis! I enjoy looking at pictures of old York, but I find these sorts of photos more interesting - the ones where I can see things that I remember myself. I hope this series is going to take in the 80s as well! LeftyLoony
  • Score: 2

12:26pm Mon 1 Sep 14

inmandres says...

parkthebus wrote:
redlands wrote: The Centre Bar, my first pub, my boss would take me in there under age. Great juke box selection, plenty of Sam Cooke. Later in 76 & 77 the Munster Bar underneath was a favourite hang out, strippers at lunch time, punk bands by night. Happy days!
Aah, the Centre Bar. 'One Wonderful Moment' by The Shakers on the jukebox and then on to the Hypnotique to see some class Northern Soul acts like The Exciters and Edwin Starr. We graduated there after the New Earswick Bop, and split our time between the Centre Bar, the Hyppo and Wigan Casino. Keep The Faith!
What brilliant memories. I think you and me must have lived the same teenage life. Did you go to the Soul do's at The Oval Ball in Clarence Street and The Ebor Suite in Fishergate? I can remember seeing JJ Barnes and The Elgins at The Hyppo! KTF!
[quote][p][bold]parkthebus[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]redlands[/bold] wrote: The Centre Bar, my first pub, my boss would take me in there under age. Great juke box selection, plenty of Sam Cooke. Later in 76 & 77 the Munster Bar underneath was a favourite hang out, strippers at lunch time, punk bands by night. Happy days![/p][/quote]Aah, the Centre Bar. 'One Wonderful Moment' by The Shakers on the jukebox and then on to the Hypnotique to see some class Northern Soul acts like The Exciters and Edwin Starr. We graduated there after the New Earswick Bop, and split our time between the Centre Bar, the Hyppo and Wigan Casino. Keep The Faith![/p][/quote]What brilliant memories. I think you and me must have lived the same teenage life. Did you go to the Soul do's at The Oval Ball in Clarence Street and The Ebor Suite in Fishergate? I can remember seeing JJ Barnes and The Elgins at The Hyppo! KTF! inmandres
  • Score: 1

8:05pm Mon 1 Sep 14

parkthebus says...

inmandres wrote:
parkthebus wrote:
redlands wrote: The Centre Bar, my first pub, my boss would take me in there under age. Great juke box selection, plenty of Sam Cooke. Later in 76 & 77 the Munster Bar underneath was a favourite hang out, strippers at lunch time, punk bands by night. Happy days!
Aah, the Centre Bar. 'One Wonderful Moment' by The Shakers on the jukebox and then on to the Hypnotique to see some class Northern Soul acts like The Exciters and Edwin Starr. We graduated there after the New Earswick Bop, and split our time between the Centre Bar, the Hyppo and Wigan Casino. Keep The Faith!
What brilliant memories. I think you and me must have lived the same teenage life. Did you go to the Soul do's at The Oval Ball in Clarence Street and The Ebor Suite in Fishergate? I can remember seeing JJ Barnes and The Elgins at The Hyppo! KTF!
I certainly did my friend. What days they were. I'm still keeping the faith after all these years!
[quote][p][bold]inmandres[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]parkthebus[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]redlands[/bold] wrote: The Centre Bar, my first pub, my boss would take me in there under age. Great juke box selection, plenty of Sam Cooke. Later in 76 & 77 the Munster Bar underneath was a favourite hang out, strippers at lunch time, punk bands by night. Happy days![/p][/quote]Aah, the Centre Bar. 'One Wonderful Moment' by The Shakers on the jukebox and then on to the Hypnotique to see some class Northern Soul acts like The Exciters and Edwin Starr. We graduated there after the New Earswick Bop, and split our time between the Centre Bar, the Hyppo and Wigan Casino. Keep The Faith![/p][/quote]What brilliant memories. I think you and me must have lived the same teenage life. Did you go to the Soul do's at The Oval Ball in Clarence Street and The Ebor Suite in Fishergate? I can remember seeing JJ Barnes and The Elgins at The Hyppo! KTF![/p][/quote]I certainly did my friend. What days they were. I'm still keeping the faith after all these years! parkthebus
  • Score: 1

4:29pm Thu 4 Sep 14

grahamw says...

I still have an unused 2/3d Wednesday night ticket for the Hypnotique. lol

Edwin Starr also appeared at the 71 Club on Micklegate (later Ziggys).
I still have an unused 2/3d Wednesday night ticket for the Hypnotique. lol Edwin Starr also appeared at the 71 Club on Micklegate (later Ziggys). grahamw
  • Score: 0

1:07pm Sun 7 Sep 14

SB Dubs says...

LeftyLoony wrote:
Weird! That swimming pool at Fulford School was definitely still there in the 90s when I attended - it was absolutely freezing all the time and swimming lessons used to be a source of dread for most of us. Many of us girls were biological miracles back then, managing to have a time of the month on an almost weekly basis!
I enjoy looking at pictures of old York, but I find these sorts of photos more interesting - the ones where I can see things that I remember myself. I hope this series is going to take in the 80s as well!
they have just filled the swimming pool in. what a loss to the school.
[quote][p][bold]LeftyLoony[/bold] wrote: Weird! That swimming pool at Fulford School was definitely still there in the 90s when I attended - it was absolutely freezing all the time and swimming lessons used to be a source of dread for most of us. Many of us girls were biological miracles back then, managing to have a time of the month on an almost weekly basis! I enjoy looking at pictures of old York, but I find these sorts of photos more interesting - the ones where I can see things that I remember myself. I hope this series is going to take in the 80s as well![/p][/quote]they have just filled the swimming pool in. what a loss to the school. SB Dubs
  • Score: 0

1:11pm Sun 7 Sep 14

SB Dubs says...

eeoodares wrote:
1972 - The dredger Reklaw passing Queen's Staith .... That does not look muck like Queens Staith to me. Where abouts is it?
yes its Queens Staithe . Ouse Bridge with what used to be Boyes in the back ground.
[quote][p][bold]eeoodares[/bold] wrote: 1972 - The dredger Reklaw passing Queen's Staith .... That does not look muck like Queens Staith to me. Where abouts is it?[/p][/quote]yes its Queens Staithe . Ouse Bridge with what used to be Boyes in the back ground. SB Dubs
  • Score: 0

3:04am Tue 9 Sep 14

Magicman! says...

Good grief, a photo of St Lenoards Place with not a single vehicle in sight... to get that now you'd have to be there at around 5am in the middle of summer (ie, when the sun has already come up by then), and not on a friday or saturday otherwise you'd likely get a taxi in view. The street looks nice when it's quiet without any cars bumper to bumper spoiling the view.

It's also odd to think Goodramgate used to have bidirectional traffic and with traffic lights at the petergate junction. I'd assume back then there was no parking allowed, just loading or unloading only.
Good grief, a photo of St Lenoards Place with not a single vehicle in sight... to get that now you'd have to be there at around 5am in the middle of summer (ie, when the sun has already come up by then), and not on a friday or saturday otherwise you'd likely get a taxi in view. The street looks nice when it's quiet without any cars bumper to bumper spoiling the view. It's also odd to think Goodramgate used to have bidirectional traffic and with traffic lights at the petergate junction. I'd assume back then there was no parking allowed, just loading or unloading only. Magicman!
  • Score: 0
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