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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Bishophill: civic and regional authority

The area was a centre for local and wider government in past times:

  • King's House Toft Green est by 1130s, was a meeting place for local Barons. Attacked 1214-16. Then abandoned and known as King's Tofts, then given with Chapel of St Mary Magdelen to Dominican Friary 1227

  • The Council chamber/town hall was sited on Ouse Bridge in late medieval York, for example in 1376

  • Modern City of York Council Offices are housed in what was the old Railway Station in Tanner Row.

There have been times when local people have fought hard against local government plans, for example Bishophill Action Group campaigned successfully in the 1970s against the proposed demolition of housing in Buckingham St, for the construction of a multi-storey car park.

We have not yet identified any particular connection with suffragettes in Bishophill, but it may well be worth exploring.