Scenes of York then and now

City scenes then and now

Leeman Road late 1890s

Leeman Road today

Ouse Bridge in 1892

Ouse Bridge today

St Martin’s Church, Coney Street, in 1942, following the Baedeker raid

St Martin’s Church, Coney Street, today

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IF you’re sometimes tempted to think that nothing much ever changes in York ... well, think again.

Admittedly, Ouse Bridge hasn’t altered much since 1892: at least not if you photograph it from the right angle.

But as our paired pictures today show, other parts of the city are quite different to the way they looked many years ago.

Sometimes the changes are quite subtle - Micklegate Bar itself hasn’t changed much since 1910, for example: but the tramlines in the foreground of the old photograph mean this part of York looked very different then to how it does now.

 

 

York Press:

Micklegate Bar in about 1910

 

York Press:

Micklegate Bar today

 

At other times, the changes are much more obvious: Holy Trinity Church in King’s Square has vanished completely, while St Martin’s in Coney Street has never been the same since one night in 1942 when the bombs fell.

York Press:

Holy Trinity Church in King’s Square in 1910

 

York Press:

King’s Square today

 

We have father-and-son team Berny and Devon McCluskey to thanks for today’s photographs.

When Devon, a nine-year-old pupil at St Barnabas’ School, was given a history project to do, he and his dad - an archaeologist - decided to put together a photographic project showing how much (or how little) York has changed down the years.

They hunted out old photographs of the city - then Berny photographed the same scenes again, from as near as he could judge the same viewpoint that the original photographs had been taken from.

Devon, meanwhile, appears in all the modern photographs, in his coat. In one - the photograph of the Leeman Road Bridge - his younger brother Edan stands with him.

The McCluskeys live in the Leeman Road area: so no prizes for guessing which pair of photographs they like most.

“Our favourite is the railway bridge at the end of Leeman Road at the junction with Garfield Terrace,” says Berny. “The old photo shows a lonely horse and cart passing below the bridge: the recreated photo is somewhat different with a park and ride bus passing below!”

And how did Devon’s school project go down? Very well, says Berny. “Quite a lot of people commented on it, so we thought it would be nice to share it with more people - which is why we got in touch with The Press.”

We’re very glad they did...

 

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6:07pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Grey Lady says...

The Facebook page York Past and Present has lots of old and new photographs of York, also people post their memories, or tales they were told by older relatives. Berny and Devon should have a look on there.
The Facebook page York Past and Present has lots of old and new photographs of York, also people post their memories, or tales they were told by older relatives. Berny and Devon should have a look on there. Grey Lady
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6:51pm Thu 26 Jun 14

nearlyman says...

Bet they wish they had not ripped up the tram tracks !!
Bet they wish they had not ripped up the tram tracks !! nearlyman
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1:46pm Fri 27 Jun 14

AnotherPointofView says...

The Kings Square picture isn't that up to date!
The Kings Square picture isn't that up to date! AnotherPointofView
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3:34pm Fri 27 Jun 14

sheps lad says...

AnotherPointofView wrote:
The Kings Square picture isn't that up to date!
It obviously was when it was taken!
[quote][p][bold]AnotherPointofView[/bold] wrote: The Kings Square picture isn't that up to date![/p][/quote]It obviously was when it was taken! sheps lad
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7:04pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Garfie says...

The King's Square picture isn't 1910 either. Judging by the car it's in the 1930s
The King's Square picture isn't 1910 either. Judging by the car it's in the 1930s Garfie
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5:13am Sat 28 Jun 14

Magicman! says...

Looking at the Ouse Bridge picture, in the olden days it looks as if the gas lamps were absolutely massive.
Looking at the Ouse Bridge picture, in the olden days it looks as if the gas lamps were absolutely massive. Magicman!
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