Skeldergate Bridge as you've never seen it before

Skeldergate Bridge was raised on March 14, 1955, from the St George’s Field side of the river, to enable workmen to carry out maintenance work

Workmen busy on Skeldergate Bridge in 1959

On March 8, 1963, Skeldergate Bridge was damaged when this barge broke free in the flood waters and jammed underneath one of the spans

This undated pictured of St Helen’s Square features Mageans Irish Linen Warehouse on the right

This photograph of St Helen’s Square is believed to date from the 1960s or 1970s. Do you know when it was taken?

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

Most York people know that the eastern section of the bridge was designed to be raised - but when was the last time that happened?

Our photo, which is dated March 14, 1955, shows the scene from the riverside at St George's Field as the bridge was raised to 'enable workmen to carry out maintenance work'. Sadly, there is no indication what kind of maintenance work was required.

Another photo, taken four years later in 1959, shows workmen on the top of the bridge: though again there is no information about what they are doing.

A third photo shows the scene on March 8, 1963. This time the caption is much more informative. "Skeldergate bridge was damaged today when this barge broke free in the fast moving flood waters and jammed underneath one of the spans," it says.

"Crowds watched as two other barges put on full steam and finally pulled the barge which was also damaged loose."

And finally, to round things off, we have a couple of photographs of St Helen's Square. There is no date on either. One, which appears to be earlier, shows the square covered in bricks or cobbles, with 'Mageans Irish Linen Warehouse' to the right of the picture (so on the south side of the square).

The second is more recent, possibly the 1960s or 70s judging by the cars. But can any readers put more specific dates on these photographs?

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8:55pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Kelvar says...

MAGEAN'S IRISH LINEN WAREHOUSE. 1878. I have been able to find the following:

?? NEXT TUESDAY, July 9th, 1878, At the DE GREY ROOMS, ST. LEONARD'S, YORK Special Clearance Sale,
always on hand. DEALER OF ALL KINDS OF FLOCKS AND BEDS. ST. HELEN'S SQUARE, YORK. REMOVAL OF MAGEAN'S IRISH linen warehouse From ST. HELEN'S SQUARE to 46, CONEY STREET (Opposite the Clock.) great clearance sale or CHEAP LOTS

From York Herald 6th July 1878
MAGEAN'S IRISH LINEN WAREHOUSE. 1878. I have been able to find the following: ?? NEXT TUESDAY, July 9th, 1878, At the DE GREY ROOMS, ST. LEONARD'S, YORK Special Clearance Sale, always on hand. DEALER OF ALL KINDS OF FLOCKS AND BEDS. ST. HELEN'S SQUARE, YORK. REMOVAL OF MAGEAN'S IRISH linen warehouse From ST. HELEN'S SQUARE to 46, CONEY STREET (Opposite the Clock.) great clearance sale or CHEAP LOTS From York Herald 6th July 1878 Kelvar
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3:26am Wed 13 Aug 14

Magicman! says...

Fancy lamp post in that newer picture of St Helens Square... pity the modern offering is so bland in comparison
Fancy lamp post in that newer picture of St Helens Square... pity the modern offering is so bland in comparison Magicman!
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