York, Cliffords Tower c.1950

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Caption for York, Cliffords Tower C1950: Built on a motte which is about 48 feet high, the tower itself is just over 33 feet high. In the 16th century Robert Redhead, a gaoler, wanted to demolish the tower, but the people of York and the Corporation decided it should be kept as a treasure second only to the Minster.

An extract from York Photographic Memories.

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This photo reminds me of two wonderful years I spent at York Technical College in Clifford St. I always found the tower fascinating, but never learned its history until many years later. I love York, even though I live half a world away now, I always visit the city when in England.

My dad Les Witty was born in York. After he came out of the Army we settled in York, firstly we had a house in Hanover Street, then moved to Chudleigh Road where my grandad had a house just 2 doors away from us. I spent a lot of time with Gramps, he was my best mate. I would help in the garden, and ate most of the things he had grown (...Read full memory)

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 (...Read full memory)

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 (...Read full memory)

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