One building … and what we call it

Victorian railway workshop building

Carriageworks canteen, Holgate Rd, 27 July 2004

Back in June, in a short survey, I asked if readers recognised this building. It’s pictured here as it looked 10 years ago, July 2004.

It was really nice to see your answers coming in. It had looked as if the place had been forgotten. But you, dear readers, you haven’t forgotten it.

27 people answered the survey, and 17 of you knew what the building used to be. Thanks to everyone who answered, everyone who remembered.


It was the canteen at BREL on Holgate Road
6/21/2014 11:28 AM

It’s one of the old railway buildings near the Fox Inn in Holgate.
6/21/2014 12:10 PM

Carriage Works Canteen Holgate Road
6/21/2014 12:12 PM

Brel canteen holgate road
6/21/2014 1:35 PM

York carriage works, holgate rd
6/21/2014 8:57 PM

Part of carriage works complex,alongside Wilton rise,in Holgate Rd,which I passed many times”Long Walks Home”,from Acomb in the 1950’s.
6/22/2014 9:59 PM

It it the old carriageworks on Holgate Road
6/23/2014 9:37 AM

Part of the Carriageworks off Acomb/Poppleton Road isn’t it?
6/23/2014 9:49 AM

The old Carriage Works staff canteen. Bottom of Holgate Hill, between the Fox pub and Wilton Rise
6/23/2014 12:46 PM

entrance to carriage works on acomb rd
6/24/2014 3:40 PM

Carriage Works off Holgate Road.
6/24/2014 11:53 PM

Coach works off Holgate Road
6/26/2014 10:19 PM

York Carriage Works. The canteen.
7/4/2014 3:45 PM

A guess: Holgate Road, the former BR carriage works?
7/4/2014 4:11 PM

York Carriageworks
7/4/2014 7:17 PM

I think it’s part of the old railway buildings, behind the Fox Inn on Holgate Road.
7/4/2014 8:57 PM

I think it used to be part of the carriageworks near Holgate (just off Wilton Rise).
7/21/2014 11:17 PM


Your answers highlight a small dilemma I’ve had in the naming of this place. Carriage Works or carriageworks? Two words or one? I’ve always gone for ‘carriageworks’, naturally and without thinking about it, but the spellchecker doesn’t like it and underlines it in red. Many official documents call it ‘Carriage Works’. But the local press, and many of you, also write it as ‘carriageworks’.

In this internet world where I need tags and hashtags it’s easier to use the one word title carriageworks, as I always have. So that’s what I’m going to do. There will be several pages on the carriageworks, possibly many pages, and to make sure they’re given the prominence they deserve they have their own ‘carriageworks’ category and also their own ‘carriageworks’ tag.

Like many places it doesn’t have just one name. People who worked on this site might refer to it differently — you might have noticed in the above answers two references to BREL. The carriageworks was BREL (British Rail Engineering Ltd) for a couple of decades, late 1960s to late 1980s. I remember the makers plates on the carriages of trains I travelled on then, and feeling proud when I noticed that BREL YORK lettering.

Later the carriageworks/BREL became ABB. No one who answered my survey question called it that. It was ABB when it closed in the mid-1990s.

I’ve included a reminder of that in the form of some audio recorded at the time, recently digitised.

Here in the present time, more on what you said about this building, your memories and thoughts.

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