I had an email last week from someone with fond memories of the Layerthorpe area, of visiting his aunt who lived in Hallfield Road. Over the years I’ve had a number of emails from people who remember this part of York. It has changed dramatically in recent decades, as all of them mention. I’m not sure it has been improved, but it has certainly altered.
Richard said: “I loved that area and so full of atmosphere with the terrace houses etc. A year or two ago I thought I would visit York and go and have a look at the Layerthorpe area. I got the shock of my life. It is all gone and turned into a business area.”
One thing that certainly wasn’t an improvement to the street was the demolition of the John Bull pub. A discussion on Twitter has reminded me of this, and of a video I found on YouTube – which I think I’ve mentioned before on these pages but mention again because it’s so good, and many people won’t have seen it.
It includes wider views of the street and surrounding area – note the gasometer.
This video (part 1 of 2) uploaded to YouTube by Argonaut35i. Produced by Old Dairy Studios, York.
Continued in John Bull video on YouTube – part 2
Thanks to @greatemancipato for reminding me how much the John Bull is still missed.
Just a little further along Layerthorpe was another pub, The Frog Hall. The building is still there, though no longer a pub.
It’s not just the buildings of course that make the place, it’s also the people. Trev sent me this photo and memories of one of its regulars:
“Jockey Peacock or Gilles used to live in Downhill Street Layerthorpe in early 1950’s. Jockey was quite a character in his day he operated a ‘Bookies’ shop and all so ran a coke and coal deliver service. Jockey liked to drink in the Frog Hall pub when Horis Colldrick? was the landlord (Welsh Rugby Player) also enjoyed a plate of fish and chips from ‘Di Prosser’ fish and chip store … believe his wife’s name was Lou.”
If you remember this gentleman or have other memories of the Layerthorpe area you’d like to share, please add a comment.