Nostalgic memories of York's local history

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For well over 10 years now, we've been inviting visitors to our web site to add their own memories to share their experiences of life as it was when the photographs in our archive were taken. From brief one-liners explaining a little bit more about the image depicted, to great, in-depth accounts of a childhood when things were rather different than today (and everything inbetween!). We've had many contributors recognising themselves or loved ones in our photographs. Why not add your memory today and become part of our Memories Community to help others in the future delve back into their past.

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I miss this place

Added 27 October 2017
my grandparents and great grandparents married in this church and lived in the Stonebow and Pavement area.My great-grandfather and his father sold humbugs in the Shambles market:

Added 30 January 2015
In the early & mid 50's as a lad I spent my weekends working in the boatyard by the bridge. As you look at the picture it was downstream of Kendal bridge on the left. Access was through the arch on this side of the bridge. A selection of rowboats & a motorboat river cruiser that did afternoon runs to Bishopthorpe Palace. A start to a life of over 40 years at sea or involved in the maritime world that included over 22 years in the maritime branch of the Army. Oh happy days.

Do you remember eddy and jess Creaser landlord in the 60s

I was born in York.. lots of family there still. Amazing place. my uncle Charlie used to work in the butchers shop there.. many yrs ago.. York not like it used to be.. Family name Walkers... and Hoyle.. i was adopted so don't know much about the latter family.

FAMILY STATIONED AT STREENSALL CAMP

My memories of the Londesborough in the mid to late sixties was that it was one of the city's music pubs. Around 1966 local bands (called groups then) played at the Londesborough, The Coach and Horses and the Burns. The Londesborough was the safest as the other two venues could get a little hefty at times. The name of the best group to play there escapes me but I do remember that Jeff Booth played guitar and Gil Stapleton bass. Both were Leemen Road lads. The beer was an added attraction!

Many a day I would walk into into York and would find time enough to walk along the Ouse River. I was approaching the railway bridge and saw four lads playing silly on a swing rope which was hanging but a few feet from the Banking side. Many times I had seen these lads or lads like them swing on the rope and get much pendulum where, when the rope with them on it was far enough high and out towards the center of the ...see more

Some time in York I'd spend an hour or so within the Minster itself, and for me it was not fascination that brought me into the place; it was because its past history which was revealed. Take the Jews, many of which had came from Israel as captives of the Roman Empire whose tasks were to plan architecture and also to keep tally on goods purchased and sold. Whichever emperor it was who supposedly gave the Jews their freedom ...see more

The Museum Garden was something of a treat when my mother took my three nieces and my nephew and myself to the Museum Garden. There were some peacocks and peahens roaming about freely within the gardens, My Nnece Trudy was somewhat amazed when she saw the peacock fan its feathers, she made a remark saying that the feathers were beautiful and said out loud ''Please Mr Peacock would you please give me just one of your ...see more