I’d forgotten I had this photo, originally scanned years back, and just rediscovered on my computer.
It’s small, very pale, and faded, but recognisable as a view of Tanner’s Moat (click to enlarge the view) – that short stretch of road from Rougier Street to the riverside, by Lendal Bridge. Towards the right is the old horse repository building, before its height was reduced.
I found this photo in a tin of my partner’s old family photos. There was, I recall, one other ‘York view’ – a more traditional view looking towards the east end of the Minster, in front of St William’s College. Otherwise the photos were all of family members, through the decades.
There’s nothing written on the back of the photo, it just has a number stamped on it.
I can’t date it, but wondered if someone out there would have some idea from, perhaps, the car in the foreground.
The other mystery is why would such a photo, of a street that’s not a typical ‘historic view’ of York, be among a collection of ‘family photos’.
The photo was clearly taken from the bar walls, and I’ve tried to recreate it with this photo taken a few days ago (can be enlarged).
I’ve tinted it to remove the lurid modern colours, to make it easier to ‘compare and contrast’. The horse repository building is now overshadowed by the tall modern office block behind it. The old red-brick Rowntree’s factory building with its chimney has been replaced by another office block, fronted in pale stone.
Possibly the most obvious change in this ’spot the difference’ challenge is that when it comes to directing traffic, a policeman is no longer adequate, and has been replaced by traffic lights.