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

Trawling through the archives

York Press: Wintry clouds and the cold, grey River Ouse lend an austere beauty to this photograph by Fred Spencer of a loaded barge nearing Naburn Locks on November 28, 1970 (8473608)

2:46pm Monday 28th July 2014

NO, this is not a steamboat on the Mississippi: it really is a barge on the good old River Ouse. The brooding photograph was taken by former Press chief photographer Fred Spencer in November 1970.

Readers share their memories of old photographs

York Press: October 20, 1973. Like a scene in a busy seaport... barges cluster alongside Queen's Staith, York, to unload their sacks of Illipe nuts shipped from Borneo and Sarawak. (8445357)

2:46pm Monday 28th July 2014

Reader Charles Todd got in touch about the picture we carried last week showing barges unloading sacks of illipe nuts at Queen’s Staith in 1973.

8 pictures of York from times gone by

York Press: Parliament Street 1962

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3:44pm Monday 21st July 2014

READERS of a certain age may still remember the days when York's riverside wharves were busy with river cargo.

Readers' memories stirred by photographs

York Press: 1893? Goodramgate
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3:35pm Monday 14th July 2014

Several other readers have been in touch about photographs in earlier Yesterday Once More columns.

Park Grove Secondary School class of 1949

York Press: Park Grove Secondary Modern, the 'class of '49'Back row: Alan Rice, Geoff Hanson, Ian hunter, John Allen, Raymond Crow, Pete Adamson, Ian Addy, Brian WaltonMiddle row: Roy Fox, Sid Scarborough, Pamela Gibson, Shirley West, Eileen Ellwood, Bren

3:29pm Monday 14th July 2014

READER Arthur Kelly brought in this wonderful photograph showing the school-leavers of Park Grove Secondary School in 1949.

Contrasting pictures of York

York Press: Micklegate 1905

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3:27pm Monday 14th July 2014

IN Georgian times, Micklegate was truly one of York's great streets: a wealthy, fashionable district, where many rich and important citizens lived.

Forging a route through the valley to the sea

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1:35pm Monday 7th July 2014

THE word 'express' these days is generally taken to indicate some degree of haste or urgency. There seems to be little of either, however, in our first photograph in Yesterday Once More this week.

Waxing lyrical about old times in York

York Press: 13 March 1984 Friargate Wax Museum. Royalty under the dryer: the Queen, Princess Anne and Princess Diana being styled by Janet Bowen.YEP PIC (7479496)

1:26pm Monday 30th June 2014

A number of readers have been in touch about photographs carried in Yesterday Once More recently.

A look back at York's original electric-powered public transport

York Press: Trolleybus No 30 in East Parade, Heworth, in the early 1930s

12:13pm Thursday 12th June 2014

Emission-free electric buses may be the next generation of public transport, but, as PETER DEW reports, we've been here before.

Old photographs highlight changing landscape of York

York Press: Buildings being demolished in Spurriergate in this image from March 9, 1959, to make way for a new block of shops

3:56pm Monday 9th June 2014

THERE’S a real wartime feel to our first photograph in Yesterday Once More this week: which is odd, because the picture was taken 12 years after the Second World War ended.

Memories of a landlord's son

York Press: Mick Waites dad Fred Waite and Edie Warriner at The John Bull pub.NH (6294383)

2:29pm Monday 2nd June 2014

IN our weekly pub column recently (A lost friend called John Bull, Saturday May 24) we looked back at the John Bull pub, which closed 20 years ago.

Childhood memories of the Napoleon figure in York

York Press: The statue of Napoleon which was a well known figure in York for over 177 years and is now on display in the Merchant Adventurers Hall where it has been since 1997. Pictured with Napoleon is Hall Manager Lauren Marshall. Picture David Harrison. (6579149)

2:28pm Monday 2nd June 2014

THE photograph of a little boy looking up at a model of Napoleon in the doorway of The Kiosk in Lendal in 1966 which we ran in Yesterday Once More a couple of weeks ago (Snapshots of city life, May 19) has prompted a number of readers to get in touch.

8 photographs from The Press archives

York Press: 1908 Ebor Meeting. (6340836)

12:50pm Monday 26th May 2014

MORE photographs of old York from The Press archives today - beginning with a stunning picture taken at York racecourse.

8 wonderful old photographs of York

York Press: September 10 1957, the scene at the junction of Parliament Street and Pavement as workmen carry out repairs to the roundabout

2:47pm Monday 12th May 2014

WE have been having a rummage through our archives here at The Press: and it has turned up some wonderful old photographs of York which, as far as we know, haven't seen the light of day for quite a while. So we thought we'd share some of them with you in Yesterday Once More.

Delving into a family's hidden First World War history

York Press: A WWI photograph of Thomas Leslie Lees with his wife Cicely belonging to his nephew Geoff Ellin, of Copmanthorpe Picture David Harrison. (5698625)

1:54pm Monday 5th May 2014

LIKE so many of her generation, Geoff Ellin's mother Kathleen never talked much about her life during the First World War - or about the loss of her beloved elder brother Thomas Lees.

VIDEO: 1939 floods in York

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8:00am Friday 2nd May 2014

View footage of York floods from 1939. "York has gone all Venice-like" says the narrator, ahead of footage showing men rowing into a pub.

Father of seven who served in France on two occasions was twice the hero

York Press: Feature about Charles Frederick Hudson, who served in both World Wars. Pictured Charles Hudson in a WWI photo.  (5598606)

2:29pm Thursday 24th April 2014

YORK railwayman Charles Hudson fought in two world wars. He survived the first ... but his luck ran out in the second, as this special Press report reveals.

Cropton steps back in time

York Press: The locals and soldiers of Cropton Home Guard where they were stationed during the Second World War

3:39pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

THE HISTORY of Cropton will go on display as part of an exhibition showcasing how vastly towns and villages in Ryedale have changed.

Sweet memories of Easters gone by

York Press: Twelve sixth-formers from Ampleforth School watcheing Easter egg packing at Terry's Factory, November, 1973.EP Pic (5491093)

12:46pm Monday 21st April 2014

EASTER conjures many images and because it is a moveable feast those images can vary hugely. But with the weekend proving mild, none of us will have taken pictures quite as dramatic as these snowy scenes from 2008. And to prove Easter's ability to surprise, contrast them to the blistering heat of Scarborough sea front the year before.

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:

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?

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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.



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