One building … carriageworks canteen, thoughts

Victorian building, surrounded by weeds

Back in June I asked for memories, thoughts provoked by this building. It is, as many of you knew, the old carriageworks canteen. It was part of a group of buildings at the entrance. If you’re interested in York’s real and recent history, its heritage and its culture, you may be interested in these comments.

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Toilet stories from Church Lane …

Alleyway

‘The toilets were down there!’ I declared, confidently, pointing down the grubby alleyway. ‘Down at the bottom, near the river!’ And we all set off down the grubby alleyway.

Well, dear readers, I was wrong. Or rather, I was partly right and partly wrong.

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Write your own plaque: 10th May

Jaques Sterne plaque

There are many commemorative plaques in York. This is a personal favourite, not because of the person whose life it commemorates — who, I have to confess, I know nothing about — but because it’s a handsome thing on … More …

30 years ago today, at Bootham Crescent

Thirty years ago today I went to my first football match, at Bootham Crescent. I’ve been reminded of this by an embarrassing teenage diary I’ve recently been reading. Which records, in rapidly scrawled blue biro, ‘I was surprised at how exciting it was’.

It was a particularly exciting one. … More …