Beneath the surface of York's colourful past we delve into the detail of Vikings, Romans and Victorians...

When cars cluttered the city

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2:58pm Monday 17th November 2014

CAR PARK full proclaims the two notices on York's Exhibition Square, despite just 16 vehicles sitting in the bays. Look closer and it seems the attendant has tied the signs to a couple of the cars before taking a well earned rest by leaning on an MG Magnette.

8 historic pictures show changes to York's city centre

York Press: Flashback to 1958, when old property was cleared from the Gillygate end of Lord Mayor's Walk to make way for road widening and a car park

2:47pm Monday 10th November 2014

COMPARED to many English cities, York's streetscape hasn't changed that much over the last 50 years or so.

11 facts you (maybe) didn't know about York's notorious son, Guy Fawkes

York Press: ABRIDGE: Plans for Guy Fawkes Night to go with a bang

11:14am Wednesday 5th November 2014

How much do you know about Guy Fawkes?...

8 pictures of Holgate Windmill though the ages

York Press:

4:02pm Monday 3rd November 2014

THE sails of Holgate Windmill have become a familiar sight on York's skyline once again, thanks to the Holgate Windmill Preservation Society's marvellous restoration job.

George Leeman statue on the move

York Press:

3:20pm Monday 3rd November 2014

PRESS reader Victor Dennis, from Acomb, sent us our final two pictures. They show the statue of George Leeman, which stands just outside the city walls where Leeman Road meets Station Rise, being moved.

Uncovering Knaresborough's secret history

York Press:

3:27pm Monday 27th October 2014

THERE aren't many secrets left to tell about a town with a history as rich as Knaresborough's, admits local historian Paul Chrystal.

8 historic pictures of York's Colliergate and King's Square

York Press: Christ Church, King's Square, c1900

3:06pm Monday 20th October 2014

MORE memories and old photos for you today from Van Wilson's new oral history book Butchers, Bakers and Candlestick Makers - this time focussing on Colliergate and King's Square.

8 historic photographs of York's Shambles

York Press: Robinson's saddlers, Whip-ma-Whop-ma-gate

3:23pm Monday 13th October 2014

YORK'S Shambles is known all over the world. It has been described as the finest street in Europe, and in the 2010 Google Street View Awards was named 'Britain's Most Picturesque Street'.

The history of York's Duncombe Place

York Press: P 3/01/05: Yesterday once more: Duncombe Place and York Minster in 1952 (9759056)

1:08pm Thursday 18th September 2014

BACK in the 1850s the then Dean of York, Augustus William Duncombe, had an idea. He wanted to build a wide new road leading up to the West Front of York Minster so as to create a clear open space in front of the great cathedral.

8 old pictures of Acomb - the village with a concrete tree

York Press: Gale Lane, Acomb (approx 1934) (10152054)

2:54pm Monday 15th September 2014

WE take a trip back in time to Acomb in the first half of the twentieth century in Yesterday Once More this week, courtesy of a visit to our archives.

1980s York - 26 old pictures (1980-1981)

York Press:

6:30pm Thursday 11th September 2014

Join us for another trip down memory lane in York...

1950s York - 22 striking pictures

York Press:

Do you remember the 1950s, or do you wish you did? Here are 22 pictures from those bygone days.

10 historic pictures show life at Poor Clare Colettines convent

York Press: 31 May 1982 Taking their first look at the outside world for many years were these nuns of the closed order of Poor Clares, given special permission to travel from St Joseph's Convent Lawrence Street to the the Pope on the Knavesmire.

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3:34pm Monday 8th September 2014

THE Press revealed recently how an historic York convent is to be converted into student accommodation.

37 pictures of York in the mid-1970s

York Press:

4:40pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

Enjoy our latest nostalgic photo gallery of York, this time from the mid-70s.

Causing chaos with York cattle market's cupola

York Press: York Cattle Market, 16/11/1976 - the cupolas are lifted away for storage in Beckfield Lane

3:31pm Monday 1st September 2014

READER Leslie Barber got in touch about a feature in last week's Press asking if anyone knew what had happened to the twin cupolas which once stood at York's cattle market in Paragon Street.

53 pictures of York in the early 1970s

York Press:

1:40pm Friday 29th August 2014

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

Flashback: Pictures and memories from the 1984 York Rock Festival on Knavesmire

York Press:

9:10am Thursday 28th August 2014

Take a stroll down memory lane, to Knavesmire in 1984

8 fascinating scenes from York's recent past

York Press:

1:39pm Monday 25th August 2014

A FEW scenes of old York courtesy of a dip into our archives this week: starting off with two areas of the city that were once notorious as slums.

One man’s private battle at Mons

York Press: From Chris Poole for Stephen LewisChris Poole's father, Walter, in his butcher's apron (9466142)

1:34pm Saturday 23rd August 2014

It was years before Chris Poole discovered what happened to his father during the Battle of Mons 100 years ago today, reports STEPHEN LEWIS.

Do you remember this dramatic accident in York?

York Press:

9:21am Thursday 21st August 2014

It happened 30 years ago today, when a lorry carrying an excavator hit the footbridge outside St Peter’s School and brought it crashing down.

Wonderful days on the barges

York Press: Yester Rowntree FamilyThe River Ouse packed with transport barges during its industrial heydayFrom 'The Rowntree Family of York' by Paul Chrystal (8606965)

3:31pm Monday 18th August 2014

A PHOTOGRAPH we carried a few weeks ago showing illipe nuts being unloaded from barges at Queen's Staith prompted Beryl Pallister to get in touch with memories of her father Charles Rayner's days as a bargeman on the Ouse.

7 buildings York has lost - Which do you remember?....

York Press:

The recent galleries of pictures of York in the 1950s and 60s proved popular. So here's another set of pictures, but with a difference. Here are 7 black and white photos of buildings York has lost over the years.

55 more pictures of York in the 1960s

York Press:

2:50pm Monday 11th August 2014

Join us on another fascinating trip down memory lane....

Skeldergate Bridge as you've never seen it before

York Press:

3:51pm Monday 11th August 2014

While we're on the subject of rivers, here is Skeldergate Bridge as you perhaps have never seen it.

When disaster struck Lendal Bridge

York Press:

3:49pm Monday 11th August 2014

LENDAL Bridge has been in the news a bit recently: something to do with a trial closure, and motorists being incorrectly fined for driving over the bridge when the city council said they shouldn't. You may have noticed the odd comment in The Press' letters pages.

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Way we were

November 22

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11:09am Saturday 22nd November 2014

100 years ago: The Martinmas hirings had opened at York today in dismal weather. There was a good attendance of farmers, but they found a difficulty in securing lads.

November 21

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9:49am Friday 21st November 2014

100 years ago: The “Echo de Paris” had published the following amusing anecdote concerning the methods which were sometimes used by French soldiers to communicate with the enemy in the trenches opposite them.

November 20

York Press: The Way We Were - zxc

10:45am Thursday 20th November 2014

100 years ago: At the York City Police Court, Fred McDonald, 11, and William Ryde, 13, were summoned for wilfully damaging a gas lamp, the property of the Derwent Valley Light Railway Company, on November 8th.

November 19

York Press: The Way We Were - zxc

10:13am Wednesday 19th November 2014

100 years ago: News from Russia told of Mlle Tomilovsky, the twenty-one-year-old daughter of a colonel at the front, who was, it was stated, now in hospital in Petrograd suffering from severe contusions.

November 18

York Press: The Way We Were - zxc

10:37am Tuesday 18th November 2014

100 years ago: Spies had shown amazing audacity. A few days before, a magnificent grey automobile, flying two flags – one a Red Cross – had passed through a village near the Aisne, France. Two officers wearing regulation British uniforms were in the front seat.

November 17

York Press: The Way We Were - zxc

9:27am Monday 17th November 2014

100 years ago: A wounded French soldier told the following story: “The enemy threw themselves upon us in great masses and although we inflicted heavy losses upon them they would not be stayed.

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