Clements Hall
Queen Victoria St  with tram

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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Literary references to Bishophill

We have found some references to this area in literature:

  • 69-71 Micklegate was once the office of 19th century railway engineer John Birkinshaw, whose clerk Richard Chicken was a famous eccentric regarded by many, including respected York historian Hugh Murray, as the inspiration for Mr Micawber. (YCT) His great great granddaughter, Sandra Midgley, has been in touch with us. Chicken was living with his family in St Mary’s Row (now Victor St, near the Golden Ball). Dickens was a frequent visitor to York, staying with friends at first, later with his brother, who worked with Birkinshaw. The office closed in 1852 and has now been bought by YCT. Chicken gave his numerous children Latin names for numbers eg Sextus, the sixth boy. His letters are in York City Archives, and a memorial stone is at York Cemetery. Much research by Hugh Murray

  •  Wilkie Collins used Skeldergate as a setting in the plot of his novel No Name

  •  Diarist John Evelyn (1620-1706) described the view from the Ouse Bridge in 1654.