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A really big year for gliding

York Press: Glider about to bungee off Sutton BankArchive photo supplied by Yorkshire Gliding Club

2:46pm Monday 14th April 2014

THE first man to launch himself off Sutton Bank in a glider seems to have been one Erik Addyman. He'd have been little more than 20 years old when, in 1911 - just a few years after the Wright brothers' landmark flight - he decided to build his own flying machine.

Touched by granddad's wartime story

York Press: The Langemark German cemetery at Ypres

3:31pm Monday 7th April 2014

DAVID Moncaster was very young when his grandfather Frank died. Yet he'll never forget a story his father Percy told him about his granddad.

Why did my dad have this Somme medal?

York Press: Betty Gray (86) with the 'Somme' medal. Picture : Garry Atkinson

2:10pm Monday 31st March 2014

PERCY Lockwood-Bradley was the landlord of two well-known York pubs in the years after the First World War; first the Groves Club on Penley Rose Street, and later the Bowling Green Inn, formerly on Lowther Street.

Tang Hall history group in photo appeal

York Press: 'Jack and his merry men' in Tang Hall in 1929

2:08pm Monday 31st March 2014

HERE are some pictures of Tang Hall as we bet you have never seen it before.

10 lost chocolate classics - which do you miss most?

York Press:

1:00pm Friday 28th March 2014

Which of these ten lost sweets do you remember and miss?

Wedding way to family story

York Press: The wedding photograph of Harriet Gibson and Tom Thrush in 1905

3:01pm Monday 24th March 2014

WHEN his father James Gibson Stanhope died in 1985, local historian Peter Stanhope inherited a faded sepia photograph. It was a formal wedding portrait: but Peter had no real idea who the people pictured were, apart from a vague feeling they were related to his father’s family, the Gibsons.

The fascinating life of Polish airman Zbigniew Szajna-Stankowski

York Press: Zbigniew about to launch into a leap to save a determined header

2:59pm Monday 17th March 2014

WANDA Szajna-Hopgood has a wonderful photograph of her father Zbigniew about to launch into a leap to save a determined header from an attacking forward.

Photo memories

York Press: Do you recognise any of the players in this mystery team?

2:49pm Monday 17th March 2014

WE have a couple of miscellaneous photographs with which to finish off Yesterday Once More this week.

Rowntree postcards from a bygone era

York Press: Men unpacking (or packing?) crates in the Rowntree Elect cocoa works, early 1900s

2:46pm Monday 10th March 2014

WE have some wonderful old photographs and postcards on a Rowntree theme in Yesterday Once More this week. All were brought in by reader Anne Blincoe, who worked for the company for seven years in the 1950s.

Walking in Richard III’s footsteps

York Press: King Richard III

7:55am Thursday 6th March 2014

A SERIES of walks retracing Richard III’s steps around York is being organised this spring.

10 York ghost signs - can you place them?

York Press:

4:28pm Wednesday 5th March 2014

HAVE you ever noticed the 'ghost signs' scattered around York? These signs tell of long-lost advertisers or businesses that once occupied the city - but rarely draw more than a passing glance.

The changing face of our city

York Press: Looking towards Gillygate in the late 1950s.  The whole of this block was demolished soon after to allow for road widening.  The gate on the extreme left was to gain access to the side of a          farmhouse

2:10pm Monday 3rd March 2014

THERE is a treat for readers of Yesterday Once More today – a series of postcards of old York as you almost certainly won't have seen it before (or which, at best, you'll remember only from early childhood) courtesy of reader Ben Booth.

Pictures from Tang Hall County Primary School in the late 1950s and 1960s

York Press: Miss Chadwick and one of her classes at Tang Hall County Primary School

2:04pm Monday 3rd March 2014

Reader Pauline Marshall has supplied us with some photographs showing children of Tang Hall County Primary School in the late 1950s and 1960s.

Remarkable story of ten brothers who all signed up to serve in First World War

York Press: David Calpin: Youngest brother,  survived but died shortly after war; Right: Ernest Calpin: Ninth brother, survived, grandfather of Michael

8:25am Thursday 27th February 2014

ONE hundred years ago, as war broke out over Europe, the Lord Mayor of York wrote to a family in the city, thanking them for their patriotic service to the country.

The York church that became a brothel

York Press: The drill hall, officially opened on January 8, 1872, by the Lord Mayor of York, Alderman William Walker. In the early years it was the home of the York Rifle Volunteers, and later housed 'A' Company, 2nd Battalion The Yorkshire Volunteers.

2:49pm Monday 24th February 2014

ST Andrewgate, which links King’s Square with Aldwark, has been a part of York’s network of ancient streets for a very long time.

Four more scenes to enjoy from York A-Z book

York Press: The George Inn in Coney Street during the races

2:22pm Monday 17th February 2014

We reviewed local historian Paul Chrystal’s new book, York A-Z, a week or so ago.

Tribute to Singapore veteran Maurice Crowther

York Press: Maurice Crowther with his medals

2:24pm Monday 17th February 2014

IT IS with sadness that Yesterday Once More reports the death of Maurice Crowther, a survivor of the Fall of Singapore and a former prisoner of war of the Japanese.

Forbidden diary tells of one man’s war

York Press: Douglas Hudson with the book he has written from his wartime diaries

2:15pm Monday 10th February 2014

This week Yesterday Once More looks at a remarkable diary which records the experiences of a York soldier during the Second World War.

Village fallen will never be forgotten

York Press: Mary Carbert of Askham Bryan with her copy of the York Herald from 1916 in which four members of her family appear

1:23pm Monday 3rd February 2014

ASKHAM Bryan Patriots ran the headline in the Yorkshire Herald of January 3, 1916. Below it, spread out across a broadsheet page, were photographs of 30 young men from the village who were all serving their King and Country in the Great War.

Group seeks names for war memorial

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1:10pm Monday 3rd February 2014

Haxby and Wigginton History Group is researching the names of men from both villages who served in the First World War.

Extraordinary account of life in the First World War

York Press: William Elmhirst who died at Serre during the Battle of the Somme

12:37pm Monday 27th January 2014

ON February 13, 1915, Second Lieutenant Christie Elmhirst of the Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding) Regiment sat down to write to his sister and six brothers.

Memories of action on the front line

York Press: A British soldier keeps watch in No-Man’s Land, as his comrades catch some sleep

12:28pm Monday 20th January 2014

CHARLES Seymour was just 17 when he volunteered to join the Sherwood Foresters (the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment) and go off to war.

Songs from the time

York Press: First World War sheet music

12:15pm Monday 20th January 2014

A COUPLE of weeks ago, we carried a piece about reader Chris Poole, and his extraordinary collection of First World War sheet music.

Memories of a wartime hero

York Press: Jim Exall, second right, middle row, with fellow prisoners

1:28pm Monday 13th January 2014

When Maureen Exall was growing up, she used to ask her dad Jim how he won his Military Cross.

Archive pictures capture heyday of doorstep milk deliveries

York Press: Members of the Thomson family in the 1980s

7:47am Thursday 9th January 2014

A NEW exhibition has been launched to reflect on the work of North and East Yorkshire’s milkmen in years gone by.

Local history group raises £14,000 to build archive room

York Press: Members of the local history group, from left, Meg Ashbridge, Beryl Haigh and Peter Brown looking at some of the old photographs of the village

2:09pm Wednesday 8th January 2014

A LOCAL history group is looking to the future after raising £14,000 to build and equip an archive room to preserve its collection.

Memories of First World War in York

York Press: The 5th Battalion York and Lancaster  soldiers march over Lendal Bridge

1:11pm Monday 6th January 2014

THIS year, as readers of Yesterday Once More can hardly have failed to notice, marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War.

Zeppelin raid brought terror of war to York

York Press: Crowds gather round a crater left by a Zeppelin bomb in Main Avenue, Heworth

11:24am Monday 6th January 2014

The Zeppelin raid of May 2, 1916, was probably the first time that war had come quite so close to home.

Sheet music brings the days of the First World War back to life

York Press: Chris Poole with his collection of First World War songbooks

11:17am Monday 6th January 2014

A collection of old sheet music brings the days of the First World War – which broke out 100 years ago this year – back to haunting life. STEPHEN LEWIS reports.

Fascinating pictures of York scuba club’s early days found in New Zealand

York Press: Tom Allison with police divers: Written on the back by Tom is “Nov ’54, police divers training at Lake Cottage.  Bottles 80 cubic feet, 18 lbs/square inch pressure.”

8:13am Friday 3rd January 2014

A PREVIOUSLY unknown cache of evocative photos unearthed on the other side of the world has brought the history of a York sports club to life.

Lodging of time capsule at Fairfax House

York Press: Fairfax House

7:59am Friday 3rd January 2014

A CEREMONY has been held to lodge a time capsule within a historic York house marking the end of its 250th anniversary celebrations.

Men at work shaping the city

York Press: 1946, and work takes place to dismantle a water tank in Exhibition Square beneath the statue of William Etty

11:36am Monday 30th December 2013

THE statue of William Etty looks on serenely as workmen in flat caps (and one in what looks like a trilby) demolish a static water tank beneath his statue in Exhibition Square, in our wonderful picture today which dates from 1946.

Calling at all stations past

York Press: Luggage handler, 1936

11:20am Saturday 28th December 2013

YOU might think you’ve just had a busy Christmas. Pity this poor British Rail luggage handler, pictured in 1936 struggling under a veritable mountain of parcels and other luggage.

Brewery memories

York Press: This 1974 photo shows the rear of Hunt’s brewery in the Aldwark area of York, and the surrounding industrial area, which is now mainly housing. The Foss Island chimney can be seen in the distance

1:32pm Monday 23rd December 2013

HOW different Aldwark looks now. In the distance the chimney at Foss Island gives a clue to where this picture was taken, but almost everything else has gone to make way for social housing.

Fred Pettinger shares his wartime experiences, nearly 70 years on

York Press: Fred Pettinger told his story while marking his 90th birthday

1:29pm Monday 16th December 2013

FOR almost 70 years, Fred Pettinger never spoke about his wartime experiences. He didn’t tell his wife, Vera, about what happened to him in the Battle of Arnhem and afterwards; or his children, Janice and Colin; or any of his grandchildren or great-grandchildren.

Golden memories of days in Coney Street

York Press: The Picture House in Coney Street

1:30pm Monday 9th December 2013

WE’RE paying a second visit to Coney Street this week, courtesy of oral historian Van Wilson’s latest book, York’s Golden Half Mile.

Hero Brickie was ‘a lovely proud man’

York Press: Hero Brickie was ‘a lovely proud man’

1:18pm Monday 9th December 2013

A few weeks ago, we carried a piece about the North Eastern Railway during the First World War.

Postcards provide familiar sights from the past

York Press: A postcard featuring Bootham

12:11pm Monday 2nd December 2013

WE have reader Beverley Cole to thank for today’s Yesterday Once More.

Call goes out for St John Ambulance reunion

York Press: Call goes out for St John Ambulance reunion

11:49am Monday 2nd December 2013

The Acomb unit of first aid charity the St John Ambulance is planning to hold a reunion next year to celebrate its 75th anniversary.

Memories of Rowntrees

York Press: Rowntree pastille gum production in the 1920s

9:33am Friday 29th November 2013

Did you or a member of your family ever work at Rowntrees? And if so, do you have memories to share? Then the Rowntree Society is keen to hear from you. STEPHEN LEWIS reports.

Book reveals essence of a community

York Press: Middleton, looking towards Helmsley

2:32pm Monday 25th November 2013

Here’s a nice way to begin a book of local history: “On either side of the main road, leaving Pickering one mile behind, lie the two traditional rural village communities of Middleton and Aislaby… mature shades of cream stone buildings with terracotta-coloured tiles and striking chimney pots hold the key to a wealth of history that can be traced back to and before the first-ever census – the Domesday Book of 1086.”

Wartime railway memories recalled

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2:15pm Monday 25th November 2013

Last week’s Yesterday Once More, War comes to the railways, prompted reader Mrs Kathleen Woof to get in touch.

The North Eastern Railway in the First World War

York Press: Women working for the railway during the First World War

12:23pm Monday 18th November 2013

A new history of the North Eastern Railway in the First World War will be published later this month. Author ROB LANGHAM offers a taste of what to expect.

Picture prompts Home Guard memories

York Press: The mounted Home Guard gallop into action during an exercise near York

1:15pm Monday 11th November 2013

TEN days or so ago in The Press we carried a two-page spread of black and white photographs showing York during the Second World War.

The killing fields

York Press: British troops going over the top at the Battle of the Somme

10:13am Saturday 9th November 2013

As the centenary of the start of the First World War approaches, ANDREW HITCHON goes back to the beginning and the end of that bloody conflict.

Family album is a knockout

York Press: Alfred Douglass, the first Hansom cab driver in York, sits atop his cab wearing a bowler hat

12:56pm Monday 4th November 2013

A FEW weeks ago in Yesterday Once More we wrote about an album unearthed during a clearout at The Press. It contained photographs of the Old Haughtonians hockey club.

Oh, what a lovely war!

York Press: Members of the Young People’s Fellowship tread the boards

1:12pm Monday 28th October 2013

LIFE as a wartime schoolboy or schoolgirl in York could be dull at times. Yes, there were plenty of men and women in uniform walking around the streets to look up to. And there was the occasional excitement of air raid warnings, and the rush to the nearest Anderson or Morrison shelter.

Golden days of York's Coney Street

York Press: Horse and carts and fashionable ladies in Coney Street in 1911

CONEY Street today, with its chain stores and mobile phone shops, is like pretty much any other high street in Britain.

Manuscript revealing York’s relationship with Richard III goes on display

York Press: Natalie McCaul, curator of archaeology at the The Yorkshire Museum in York, with the 15th century manuscript which is on display

9:27am Friday 18th October 2013

A 600-year-old manuscript which sheds light on York’s relationship with Richard III has gone on public display for the first time in living memory.

Former Haughton School pupil's search for headmaster's granddaughter Sonja

York Press: Peter Thomson with the score for Sonja and the picture of George Golledge

11:32am Monday 14th October 2013

A COUPLE of weeks ago we printed a wonderful old photograph, dated 1922, showing the pupils and staff of Haughton School in St Saviourgate, York. It was brought in by Stephen Lane, an East Riding councillor for Pocklington, whose aunt, Dulcie Stonehouse, once went to the school.



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