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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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Shadows in the Bricks: the old shops of South Bank in York

Our first event for 2020 is on Friday 31 January. It's a talk by Susan Major, who wrote our latest book which traces the old traders of South Bank, as well as the history of some notable buildings in the area.  The book has been so successful we've gone to a reprint. 

Shadows in the Bricks front coverEver wondered about features of our neighbourhood, such as why some groups of houses are different to their neighbours, and why certain street corners have a different shape? Have you noticed that many of the streets have historical names? Did you know that some well-known music acts played their early gigs here, and the tradition continues? And who on earth was Count de Burgh? These are traces of our history, leaving an indelible mark on South Bank. 

Susan will be showing how the area developed, highlighting some of the old shops and also mentioning some of the stories which have been uncovered since our new book was published, including the tragic tale of two sisters in the 1945 disaster in Nunthorpe Grove, and an intriguing business recharging accumulators for radios - does anyone remember them? The evening might be an opportunity too for old South Bankers to meet up. We provide free tea/coffee and cake and there's a cash bar. What more could you ask!

The talk starts at 7.30 pm at Clements Hall. 

All welcome. You can become a member of the History Group for a small sum of £5 for 2019, which gives you reduced entry (£1) to talks. Non-members are also welcome, at a cost of £3 on the door.

There are a small number of free parking spaces near Clements Hall. It is also easily accessible by buses stopping in Blossom Street (walk along Moss Street opposite the Everyman Cinema).

If you have any queries please contact us via Clements Hall on 01904 466086 or email