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Clements Hall Local History Group

Exploring the Scarcroft, Clementhorpe, South Bank and Bishophill areas of York

Clements Hall Local History Group

Exploring the Scarcroft, Clementhorpe and South Bank areas of York

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Looking back at 2021

Despite the pandemic and the obstacles it raised, 2021 has been a highly successful year for our history group. We won a national award based on our community engagement work, to keep our activity going, for example:

  • hosting a series of very much appreciated talks on Zoom

  • researching and publishing our third book in the old shops series - Nunnery Lane and Clementhorpe265546876_4620388421383192_8245021190945532570_n

  • completing a merger with our neighbours in Bishophill and attracting funding from the Micklegate Ward Fund and Yorkshire Architectural and York Archaeological Society (YAYAS) to support our new activity there

  • launching a research group involving new members, focusing on the corner shops and pubs of Bishophill

  • CHLHG award 2021 from CAHG (1)continuing our research into 19th century poverty around Nunnery Lane, with several papers and reports on our website, attracting attention from academic researchers across the country

  • attracting several York Press features about our work

  • keeping our website fresh with regular new content such as blog posts, with announcements of events, and reports of our historical research groups



  • regularly posting on our Facebook and Twitter accounts

  • meeting with members and the local community at beer garden gatherings at the Trafalgar Bay public house in Nunnery Lane

  • hosting a community event in Bishophill, at Jacobs Well, and taking part in another at the Community Garden.


20211119_093853_2Even as this year winds down, we're drawing up plans for 2022. We've surveyed members' interests, and though it's not yet clear when we'll be able to return to talks at Clements Hall, we will do what we can to present a series of talks one way or another, and to keep in touch with those who do not favour online talks. Our 2022 talks and walks programme is here.

We wish all our members and followers a Happy Christmas and hope to meet more of you in 2022!