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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 old corner shops and pubs of  Bishophill and Skeldergate

Susan Major

Friday 28 January 2022    7.30 pm on Zoom

10 Bishophill Jnr 1978 - 1(1)

In our first talk of 2022, Susan Major will be highlighting the group's researches into the old corner shops and pubs of Bishophill. 

Former bookie's shop on the corner of Smales St

The Bishophill Corner Shops project has been supported by the Council's Micklegate Ward Fund, with the aim of encouraging older people, who might have been excluded socially by pandemic restrictions, to come out and talk about their memories.

Over the last 150 years there have been many corner shops and pubs in Bishophill and along Skeldergate, almost all gone now. Volunteers are investigating how these changed over time, using historical resources to explore trade directories, photos, maps, the census and old newspapers. They’re also keen to attract people with memories and photos.


Victor St 1940s YPP Sandie NicholsonFish and chip shop in Victor St

Dooley's in Fairfax St

Peter Stanhope recalled that “on the left side of Buckingham St there was a shop front in which a tailor used to sit cross-legged in the window doing his stitching.” He also told us about the barber, George Hall, in Skeldergate. “He was quite a character. He had a large notice in his window which said ‘Absence makes the hair grow longer’, but he also had another notice in the window, which was a card placed on top of a whole bowl of false teeth, which invited you to come in and try for size.”

Many older people remember learning to dance at Mary Mac’s Dance School at St Mary’s Church Hall in Bishophill, and meeting future partners. 

Follow this link to find out how to join this talk, which will be on Zoom