Readers share their memories of old photographs

Readers share their memories of old photographs

Boats cluster alongside Queen’s Staith, York, to unload their sacks of Illipe nuts

Parking attendant Arthur Fox on patrol in Parliament Street in March 1974

The 1949/1950 A.C. Padwin, Villiers invalid carriage at the front of the row of cars on the left of the car park in Rougier Street in about 1960

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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.

Mr Todd used to work for SE & G, which unloaded the barges. The nuts came originally from Borneo, he says. “They went to Rowntree, who extracted the oil from the nuts, then the excess weight was sent to Selby to be crushed with big rollers.”

The crushed product was them used as animal feed or spread on fields, he says.

He remembers a huge coaster carrying illipe nuts used to come up the River Ouse.

It had to turn in the river before its return journey, and had problems with sandbanks.

The solution - to reverse the coaster towards the sandbank, then turn its engines on. The surge of water would disintegrate the sandbanks, Mr Todd says.

Patricia Hewer of Selby phoned, meanwhile, about the photograph of a man in a uniform inspecting cars parked in Parliament Street before parking was banned in march 1974.

The man in the photo was her father, Arthur Fox: and he wasn’t a traffic warden, she says - he was a parking attendant. A Second World war veteran, it was his job to make sure cars parked properly - and, presumably, to collect the parking fees from motorists.

And finally, a number of readers got in touch about the photograph of Rougier Street in 1960. It showed a car park with, in the front corner, an odd little car that looked like a tent on wheels. It was an invalid car, we’ve been told: and we can be more precise than that.

Martin Buckman from Haxby emailed to say: “Your ‘one man tent on wheels’ is a 1949/1950 A.C. Padwin, 147cc Villiers two-stroke, front-wheel drive, single- seater invalid carriage.” The carriage shown was, he adds, the “luxury” version.

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