Clements Hall
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Clements Hall Local History Group

Exploring the Scarcroft, Clementhorpe and South Bank areas of York

Clements Hall Local History Group

Exploring the Scarcroft, Clementhorpe and South Bank areas of York

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John Close, gentleman: from Gillamoor to Dringhouses

John Close 3Elizabeth Smith, from Dringhouses Local History Group, will be talking about a local man, John Close.


John Close was born into a grocer's family in Gillamoor, near Kirkbymoorside. He became involved with the railway king George Hudson and a partner in iron foundry and wine businesses in York. The father of eleven children, he was Lord Mayor of York three times and entertained royalty. He lived locally in two significant houses, the second being the present Marriott Hotel on Tadcaster Road, which has its original 1870s garden still largely intact.


The talk takes place in Clements Hall, at 7.30 pm, and is open to all. Members of the History Group have 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 Reel Cinema).If you have any queries please contact us via Clements Hall on 01904 466086 or email enquiries@clementshall.org.uk.