There are a surprising number of buildings still standing in York that were previously used by the railway industry. Here are some of them. The Yorkshire and North Midland (Y&NM) Railway opened in 1839. Y&NM loco works One of the …

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We bought a few items from Beverley Antiques and Collectors Centre last week. One is a postcard of Walmgate Bar. It had been posted to Mrs Beckett, Barton-le-Willow, near York on 11.7.1908. Looking at census records, I think this was …

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Probably from the 1940’s, Style pattern 4726 features tailored pyjamas with a coat-style jacket. Suitable fabrics were flannel, rayon, silk, cotton and Viyella (merino wool and cotton in a twill weave). 1940’s pattern for a shirt and collar. 1964 pattern …

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This pattern for a slip and half-slip was from before elastic was used in waist bands. The half-slip fastened with a 5/8” button. The side opening of the slip was fastened with press-studs. This wartime pattern reminds professional dressmakers to …

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Sewing clothes for pregnant women has changed a lot over the years. This pattern from 1950 for a maternity skirt was designed with pleats in each side of the front panel and a waistband with buttons which could be adjusted …

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I am fascinated by old photographs. I’m lucky that my uncle Derek gave me some in the 1980’s when he emptied his aunt’s home. It’s fun trying to work out who people are and where a photo may have been …

Victorian and Edwardian photographers in York…part 2 Read more »

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Photographers in York In the White’s Directory of 1840 no photographers are listed in York. William Webster was at 9 St Saviourgate in 1858. Henry F Newell at 7 Railway Street in 1858. By the 1871 census he was living …

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The church of St Michael and All Angels in Garton on the Wolds was built in the 12th Century. The inside contains glorious Victorian wall paintings by Clayton and Bell. The company also did the windows and roof decoration. Above …

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Ten Pound Poms is the term used in Australia and New Zealand to describe British citizens who emigrated to those countries after the Second World War. The Government of Australia initiated the ‘Assisted Passage Migration Scheme’ in 1945. People only had to pay £10 and the government paid the …

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