7 buildings York has lost - Which do you remember?....

7 buildings York has lost - Which do you remember?....

7 buildings York has lost - Which do you remember?....

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The recent galleries of pictures of York in the 1950s and 60s proved popular. So here's another set of pictures, but with a difference. Here are 7 black and white photos of buildings York has lost over the years.

Do you remember any of them? Do you miss any? Or there other lost buildings that you wish had been preserved? Share your thoughts below, and keep visiting our history section for more photographs and stories from York's past.

 

York Press:

1 - St Maurice's Church, on the corner of Monkgate and Lord Mayor's Walk. Demolished in the late 1960s. (A on map)

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York Press:

2 - Holy Trinity Church in King's Square. Demolished in 1937. (B on map)

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York Press:

3 - The ABC cinema in Piccadilly. Demolished in 1986. (C on map)

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York Press:

4 - The Ebor Brewery in Aldwark. Demolished in 1972. (D on map)

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York Press:

5 - The Salem Chapel in Spen Lane, facing St Saviourgate. Demolished in 1963. (E on map)

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York Press:

6 - York Prison, in the Castle ground. Demolished in 1935. (F on map)

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York Press:

7 - The Rialto in Fishergate. Later became a nightclub then bingo hall, and demolished in 2001. (G on map)

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11:54am Fri 15 Aug 14

MrsHoney says...

Some lovely buildings there (that I've never seen before) destroyed, what a shame.
Some lovely buildings there (that I've never seen before) destroyed, what a shame. MrsHoney
  • Score: 27

12:05pm Fri 15 Aug 14

sheps lad says...

Spent my misspent youth at the Rialto.Films monday,tuesday and wednesday then changed for thursday,friday and saturday. A new film on sunday unless there was a band on. Happy days!
Spent my misspent youth at the Rialto.Films monday,tuesday and wednesday then changed for thursday,friday and saturday. A new film on sunday unless there was a band on. Happy days! sheps lad
  • Score: 6

12:24pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Zebedee says...

Pity there isn't a photo of The Stonebow with the caption demolished in 2014!
Pity there isn't a photo of The Stonebow with the caption demolished in 2014! Zebedee
  • Score: 47

2:29pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Fabius the Delayer says...

Photos numbered 1, 2, 3 etc map labelled A, B, C, Brilliant
Photos numbered 1, 2, 3 etc map labelled A, B, C, Brilliant Fabius the Delayer
  • Score: 6

3:23pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Blythespirit says...

I remember the Rialto as a bingo hall (I never played) and as a nightclub in the 80s, which I did go to - it changed it's name a couple of times as the decade went on. I remember the ABC too, spending plenty of time in there, it was never quite as nice as the Odeon though...
I remember the Rialto as a bingo hall (I never played) and as a nightclub in the 80s, which I did go to - it changed it's name a couple of times as the decade went on. I remember the ABC too, spending plenty of time in there, it was never quite as nice as the Odeon though... Blythespirit
  • Score: 2

5:05pm Fri 15 Aug 14

ayork says...

I'm from York but never understood why they destroyed those churches when they look like important/ historical. Was it just done to create new roads? Could someone enlighten me:)
I'm from York but never understood why they destroyed those churches when they look like important/ historical. Was it just done to create new roads? Could someone enlighten me:) ayork
  • Score: 14

6:07pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Yorkie41 says...

We are the boys and girls well known as, minors of the ABC.ha ha fond memories of the Regal Cinema, on a Saturday morning.
We are the boys and girls well known as, minors of the ABC.ha ha fond memories of the Regal Cinema, on a Saturday morning. Yorkie41
  • Score: 12

6:09pm Fri 15 Aug 14

york_chap says...

ayork wrote:
I'm from York but never understood why they destroyed those churches when they look like important/ historical. Was it just done to create new roads? Could someone enlighten me:)
It is a shame they were demolished. I'm not sure of the reasoning as it's a little before my time, but I'm pretty sure it had nothing to do with road building.

I think the real shame is what's become of these sites now - the corner of Monkgate is just a grassed area where tramps laze about, King's Square is a concrete seating area for the chocolate museum (which the council recently paid £500,000 to de-characterise) and the salem chapel site is an ugly 1960's office block which is soon to be re-clad and turned into flats.
[quote][p][bold]ayork[/bold] wrote: I'm from York but never understood why they destroyed those churches when they look like important/ historical. Was it just done to create new roads? Could someone enlighten me:)[/p][/quote]It is a shame they were demolished. I'm not sure of the reasoning as it's a little before my time, but I'm pretty sure it had nothing to do with road building. I think the real shame is what's become of these sites now - the corner of Monkgate is just a grassed area where tramps laze about, King's Square is a concrete seating area for the chocolate museum (which the council recently paid £500,000 to de-characterise) and the salem chapel site is an ugly 1960's office block which is soon to be re-clad and turned into flats. york_chap
  • Score: 12

8:31pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Stockton Mick says...

Any photos of York Wasps ground on Clarence St? My son does nt believe there was once a rugby ground there !!!
Any photos of York Wasps ground on Clarence St? My son does nt believe there was once a rugby ground there !!! Stockton Mick
  • Score: 1

9:30pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Pinza-C55 says...

Big shame the prison was demolished. It would have been ideal for locking up the aggressive drunks - sorry, "people having fun" - on race days.
Big shame the prison was demolished. It would have been ideal for locking up the aggressive drunks - sorry, "people having fun" - on race days. Pinza-C55
  • Score: 12

10:24pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Yorkie41 says...

Stockton Mick wrote:
Any photos of York Wasps ground on Clarence St? My son does nt believe there was once a rugby ground there !!!
And also a cricket ground and playing fields opposite the rugby pitch, the hospital now stands on it.
[quote][p][bold]Stockton Mick[/bold] wrote: Any photos of York Wasps ground on Clarence St? My son does nt believe there was once a rugby ground there !!![/p][/quote]And also a cricket ground and playing fields opposite the rugby pitch, the hospital now stands on it. Yorkie41
  • Score: 2

10:27pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Yorkie41 says...

york_chap wrote:
ayork wrote:
I'm from York but never understood why they destroyed those churches when they look like important/ historical. Was it just done to create new roads? Could someone enlighten me:)
It is a shame they were demolished. I'm not sure of the reasoning as it's a little before my time, but I'm pretty sure it had nothing to do with road building.

I think the real shame is what's become of these sites now - the corner of Monkgate is just a grassed area where tramps laze about, King's Square is a concrete seating area for the chocolate museum (which the council recently paid £500,000 to de-characterise) and the salem chapel site is an ugly 1960's office block which is soon to be re-clad and turned into flats.
There was also a lot of graves on that site and had to be moved and yes it was a shame and all because they wanted to build what was then called a national assistance board or dole office.
[quote][p][bold]york_chap[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ayork[/bold] wrote: I'm from York but never understood why they destroyed those churches when they look like important/ historical. Was it just done to create new roads? Could someone enlighten me:)[/p][/quote]It is a shame they were demolished. I'm not sure of the reasoning as it's a little before my time, but I'm pretty sure it had nothing to do with road building. I think the real shame is what's become of these sites now - the corner of Monkgate is just a grassed area where tramps laze about, King's Square is a concrete seating area for the chocolate museum (which the council recently paid £500,000 to de-characterise) and the salem chapel site is an ugly 1960's office block which is soon to be re-clad and turned into flats.[/p][/quote]There was also a lot of graves on that site and had to be moved and yes it was a shame and all because they wanted to build what was then called a national assistance board or dole office. Yorkie41
  • Score: 7

1:19pm Sat 16 Aug 14

Very OAP says...

I remember seeing Clockwise in the ABC.
It must have been shortly before it closed for ever.
I remember seeing Clockwise in the ABC. It must have been shortly before it closed for ever. Very OAP
  • Score: 0

2:43pm Sat 16 Aug 14

Ragnar says...

used to get in the painted wagon under the abc
used to get in the painted wagon under the abc Ragnar
  • Score: 1

5:28pm Sat 16 Aug 14

jwct75 says...

Fond memories of the ABC on Saturday mornings. Flash Gordon etc!
Fond memories of the ABC on Saturday mornings. Flash Gordon etc! jwct75
  • Score: 2

5:36pm Sat 16 Aug 14

janice gray says...

Yorkie41 wrote:
Stockton Mick wrote:
Any photos of York Wasps ground on Clarence St? My son does nt believe there was once a rugby ground there !!!
And also a cricket ground and playing fields opposite the rugby pitch, the hospital now stands on it.
Yes, we used to have to walk from the Tech College in Priory Street, all the way to those fields. We only had time to run round a couple of times before we had to walk back! I couldn't imagine the 'yoof' of today doing that!
[quote][p][bold]Yorkie41[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Stockton Mick[/bold] wrote: Any photos of York Wasps ground on Clarence St? My son does nt believe there was once a rugby ground there !!![/p][/quote]And also a cricket ground and playing fields opposite the rugby pitch, the hospital now stands on it.[/p][/quote]Yes, we used to have to walk from the Tech College in Priory Street, all the way to those fields. We only had time to run round a couple of times before we had to walk back! I couldn't imagine the 'yoof' of today doing that! janice gray
  • Score: 1

5:37pm Sat 16 Aug 14

janice gray says...

Blythespirit wrote:
I remember the Rialto as a bingo hall (I never played) and as a nightclub in the 80s, which I did go to - it changed it's name a couple of times as the decade went on. I remember the ABC too, spending plenty of time in there, it was never quite as nice as the Odeon though...
Yes, The Cat's Whiskers! I had a few chickens in baskets there in my time!
[quote][p][bold]Blythespirit[/bold] wrote: I remember the Rialto as a bingo hall (I never played) and as a nightclub in the 80s, which I did go to - it changed it's name a couple of times as the decade went on. I remember the ABC too, spending plenty of time in there, it was never quite as nice as the Odeon though...[/p][/quote]Yes, The Cat's Whiskers! I had a few chickens in baskets there in my time! janice gray
  • Score: 3

5:49pm Sat 16 Aug 14

deckhanddave says...

Ah, the Painted Wagon. Also the Market Tavern, Tiger, Hypnotique, Lady Peckitts. Tavern In The Town. Aquarius. Big Coach. Old World. Grob and Ducat (Later Dick the sh*t, sorry Richard the third). Jog my memory people, post some other watering holes long gone. Ooh! what about the Assembly Rooms.
Ah, the Painted Wagon. Also the Market Tavern, Tiger, Hypnotique, Lady Peckitts. Tavern In The Town. Aquarius. Big Coach. Old World. Grob and Ducat (Later Dick the sh*t, sorry Richard the third). Jog my memory people, post some other watering holes long gone. Ooh! what about the Assembly Rooms. deckhanddave
  • Score: 1

8:29pm Sat 16 Aug 14

Kent Minsterman says...

Oh Memories...Saw the Bay City Rollers at the Cats Whiskers in 73 I think it was, cost the princely sum of £1. Lived in Fountayne Street overlooking the rugby ground from bedroom window and Wiggington Road at bottom of street where the playing fields were and York cricket club. Used to play football with mates when off school with City training next to us on playing field before they walked back over railway bridge back to ground. Life seemed so uncomplicated then.
Oh Memories...Saw the Bay City Rollers at the Cats Whiskers in 73 I think it was, cost the princely sum of £1. Lived in Fountayne Street overlooking the rugby ground from bedroom window and Wiggington Road at bottom of street where the playing fields were and York cricket club. Used to play football with mates when off school with City training next to us on playing field before they walked back over railway bridge back to ground. Life seemed so uncomplicated then. Kent Minsterman
  • Score: 2

4:55pm Sun 17 Aug 14

SelseyBill says...

We used to drag fire wood from hungate, before the road to create the Stonebow was put in. The regal was the place to be on Saturday mornings. The York boys club in Redenes st kept me out of trouble most week nights. Last year when I brought my grandson to ee my 'roots' it was all gone. Any pictures?
We used to drag fire wood from hungate, before the road to create the Stonebow was put in. The regal was the place to be on Saturday mornings. The York boys club in Redenes st kept me out of trouble most week nights. Last year when I brought my grandson to ee my 'roots' it was all gone. Any pictures? SelseyBill
  • Score: 0

8:11pm Sun 17 Aug 14

Pedro says...

Stockton Mick wrote:
Any photos of York Wasps ground on Clarence St? My son does nt believe there was once a rugby ground there !!!
Have you thought of Google. There is at least one image there.
[quote][p][bold]Stockton Mick[/bold] wrote: Any photos of York Wasps ground on Clarence St? My son does nt believe there was once a rugby ground there !!![/p][/quote]Have you thought of Google. There is at least one image there. Pedro
  • Score: 0

8:26pm Sun 17 Aug 14

Very OAP says...

Where was Lendal Arch and why was it demolished?
Where was Lendal Arch and why was it demolished? Very OAP
  • Score: 0

10:40am Mon 18 Aug 14

Justin7 says...

Saw ET in the ABC!

Now it's all 3D ****.
Saw ET in the ABC! Now it's all 3D ****. Justin7
  • Score: 0

12:19pm Mon 18 Aug 14

wildthing666 says...

remember those from the mid 60's onwards, if some of them had still been standing they would be listed buildings, those were the days when if you had no use for it you just demolished it.
remember those from the mid 60's onwards, if some of them had still been standing they would be listed buildings, those were the days when if you had no use for it you just demolished it. wildthing666
  • Score: 0

10:26pm Mon 18 Aug 14

aflaxensaxon says...

**** HAT DECISION MAKERS. REALLY!
**** HAT DECISION MAKERS. REALLY! aflaxensaxon
  • Score: 0

10:48pm Wed 27 Aug 14

PositiveFootball says...

Kent Minsterman wrote:
Oh Memories...Saw the Bay City Rollers at the Cats Whiskers in 73 I think it was, cost the princely sum of £1. Lived in Fountayne Street overlooking the rugby ground from bedroom window and Wiggington Road at bottom of street where the playing fields were and York cricket club. Used to play football with mates when off school with City training next to us on playing field before they walked back over railway bridge back to ground. Life seemed so uncomplicated then.
The Jam also played at the Cats Whiskers.
[quote][p][bold]Kent Minsterman[/bold] wrote: Oh Memories...Saw the Bay City Rollers at the Cats Whiskers in 73 I think it was, cost the princely sum of £1. Lived in Fountayne Street overlooking the rugby ground from bedroom window and Wiggington Road at bottom of street where the playing fields were and York cricket club. Used to play football with mates when off school with City training next to us on playing field before they walked back over railway bridge back to ground. Life seemed so uncomplicated then.[/p][/quote]The Jam also played at the Cats Whiskers. PositiveFootball
  • Score: 0

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