Sounds, York 2012

About an hour and a quarter left of 2012 at the time of writing.

I thought this was worth a go … as an alternative representation of 2012, through this resident’s eyes. Well, ears. Just for a change.

Recorded clips from my mobile phone, at various places on the streets … More …

Chocolate Works, Cocoa Works

Red brick building prominent on horizon

As my attention has been drawn to Rowntree’s recently, I wanted to write something about our two famous factories, the Rowntree’s and Terry’s of old, and what’s left of them. These ‘development sites’ are mentioned every now and then, usually separately. It seems to me significant that on both sides of town we have massive empty factory buildings for sale, the remnants of what was, in the 20th century, our main industry.

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Old photos, Rowntree factory

In the middle of researching a page to be added I found this really nice slideshow of old images of Rowntree’s, uploaded to YouTube by Anne Hurtado.

In relation to this website’s focus on the buildings and changing landscape of York, the most interesting images are perhaps those we … More …

York floods, 1970s, before the defences

Paper has dramatic headline SIEGE OF YORK, large aerial view of floods, stories about the flood

From YouTube, 1970s (probably 1978) York floods, showing Marygate, Tanner’s Moat etc, under flood water. Also front page report of the floods of 1978, Yorkshire Evening Press, under the headline SIEGE OF YORK. It reported homes being evacuated in the worst floods since 1947.

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