Army and Navy Stores, Fossgate

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During a wander down Fossgate recently I had a look through the closed doors of the now empty Army and Navy Stores. Not quite empty. Near the door a handwritten sign advertises ‘umbrella / walking stick … More …

Shops past and present: city centre

Shop window with sale and closing down signs

The York branch of the high-street chain Past Times has to get first mention, the name now appearing sadly ironic. At the height of its popularity – mid 1990s? – many gifts were bought here, and before Christmas it was usually uncomfortably busy.

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Shops past and present: Whiting’s

Shopfront, Whiting's of Bootham, May 2010

Whiting’s on Bootham closed in March 2010. These photos were taken not long afterwards. Like so many others, this shop is to be converted to residential use. Or rather, converted back, as it was originally a house. I doubt anyone remembers that, as it is known to have been a shop since the 1950s and probably earlier.

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Impressive frontage planned on Bootham

I’ve never been particularly troubled by the sight of empty shops, but the dilapidation is sad if it means the loss of historic architectural details, as it has here, on Bootham. This was once a handsome frontage, but its detailed fancy bits have suffered. They’ve had a memorably amateurish paint … More …