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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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The Wood family of the River Ouse

A talk by John Shaw from Yorkshire Architectural and York Archaeological Society

For our last talk of the year on Friday 29 November we're very pleased to welcome John Shaw from YAYAS.

For more than a century the Wood family had a business deeply connected to the River Ouse. Richard Wood began in the late 18th century as a timber merchant in Monkgate, later including Albion Wharf on Skeldergate. His son, another Richard married the daughter of his business partner, Leonard Overend. Mary Wood (nee Overend) found herself in the unenviable position of running the business alone, following the premature death of her husband, Richard in 1846. The business expanded under her son T. F. Wood as a timber, slate and wharfage business until the 1950s and the name 'Woodsmill' still stands above Queen's Staith to this day.

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The Wood family business at Albion Wharf (from YAYAS Evelyn collection)

The Wood family were also connected with one of our old houses along Bishopthorpe Road, at Old Nunthorpe.

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