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

Life on the frontline

York Press: File photo dated 17/08/14 of British soldiers from the Royal Welch Fusiliers and the Cheshire Regiment in a Belgian town on their way to Mons as part of the British Expeditionary Force, as royalty, political leaders and families of the fallen will unite i

3:17pm Monday 15th December 2014

JEAN Stirk still remembers the day a man came to her father's house with a copy of a wartime diary.

9 brrrr-illiant old pictures of York in bitter winters

York Press:

3:21pm Friday 12th December 2014

It may be cold in York this week, but it's nothing compared to the dramatic winters captured below.

Wife sold for 38p in York

York Press:

2:53pm Monday 8th December 2014

YORK is a city with a very long history. So it is little surprise that it should also be a city with many forgotten secrets.

First World War troops used York's Merchant Adventurers’ Hall as a billet

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2:20pm Monday 1st December 2014

CHRISTMAS 1914 will always be remembered as a day of unofficial ceasefires along the Western Front and one of its most enduring images is the no man's land football match.

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.

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Way we were

December 20

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10:42am Saturday 20th December 2014

100 years ago: At a Marylebone inquest on Gilbert Moody, 36, French polisher, who had been employed at the aircraft factory, Hendon, it was stated that for several weeks he had complained of illness, and eventually was treated for jaundice.

December 19

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8:57am Friday 19th December 2014

100 years ago: A LETTER received from a subaltern at the front said: “I have been flooded out of my bed, and this little spot on the table seems to be the only one where no muddy drops are falling from the roof of the dug-out and I might as well seize the opportunity to write between now and daylight. When I wrote last we were frost-bound.

December 18

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8:38am Thursday 18th December 2014

100 years ago: “Recruiting in south-east Durham has received a tragic but effective stimulus,” wrote a correspondent. There had also been a rush of recruits to the chief depots in London almost immediately after the news of the German attack on the east coast had been published in the Press. Boys and men beyond the age limit were among those eager to enlist.

November 17

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9:48am Wednesday 17th December 2014

100 years ago: Mr George Shaw, the skipper of the Scarborough steam trawler St Cloud, told of how the Germans had come to Scarborough the previous day, and the terrible havoc he witnessed them create in the space of half-an-hour.

December 16

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12:01pm Tuesday 16th December 2014

100 years ago: Just about 8 o’clock in the morning the inhabitants of Scarborough realised that something out of the ordinary was occurring.

December 15

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8:52am Monday 15th December 2014

100 years ago: According to reports received the lull was continuing at the front. Those who returned said that they were more concerned with the plague of mud and damp, which was worse than all the plagues of Egypt, and longed for a return of the cold weather, even at the risk of frozen feet.

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