York History 1900 -1910 and All That - an informal gathering

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New Earswick Indoor Bowls Club

Huntington Rd (near the HogsHead pub)


YO32 9PX

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Further details to follow

Please note change of timing: This event will start at 4pm, not 2pm as previously advertised.

It is followed by a linked even in the same venue on the same theme. This is the regular monthly event of the York Family History Society.

Provisional Programme:

4-4.20: Alison Sinclair. New Earswick

4.20-4.40: Nick Bosanquet. Revolution in the York Labour Market.

5-5.20: John Bibby Rowntree and the Monk.


5.40 - 6: David Richardson. The South African War and After.

6-6.20: Margaret Leonard. Politics in a New Century. The Strange Death of Liberal England ?

6.20-6.40: Prof James Drife. Health and Healthcare.

Discussion, Refreshments, YFHS tombola, bookstall etc.

7.30-8.30: YFHS meeting (all welcome): Callum Reilly, John Bibby: York 1900-1910: New Earswick and the Rowntrees. Includes: 'Bright and cheerful’: The landscape of social reform at New Earswick


Following the success last March of “York 1844 and All That” which attracted over 100 people, Nick Bosanquet is organizing a follow-up which focussing on York after the END of the Victorian era, in the decade 1900-1910. We hope you will be interested.

These meetings takes us to the end of the Victorian era --- and we look forward into a period of rapid change in town life, technology and politics. Like our own time, a hundred years on, this was a period of change. In technology there was the coming of electricity, the telephone, the car and the aeroplane. In politics it was the age of the suffragettes and of great political tension over the Peoples Budget, and Irish Home Rule---also the first age of mass advertising.

We would like to find volunteers to speak about how change affected York. Some examples of change would be:

--Employment and the labour market. The coming of new service activities including fitness centres, retail chains ( with M and S in Leeds) and taxi services.

--Expansion with larger factories---In York Rowntree’s and the Railway Workshops.

---A Transport revolution with heavier, faster steel trains ,electric trams : cars and lorries: and much more cycling.

---York and education. The improvement in Board Schools in new buildings in Scarcroft and Poppleton which are still in use. Expansion of secondary education---nationally from 2% to 8% of the age group. Technical education in colleges.

---York and new entertainments---cinema ,photography and the Northcliffe revolution. .

--York and Politics. Was it the Strange Death of Liberal York. ?

---York gets fame for the village planning of New Earswick.

PLEASE TELL YOUR FRIENDS. For further details, to offer a paper, or to make suggestions, please email the organiser Nick Bosanquet at . You can also ring John Bibby on 01904-330334.

========== For details of the similar "York 1844 and All That" event held in March 2019, please see below. This event is now completed.

For our follow-up on April 16th please see

Latest program (9 March 2019):

All day activities: Quiz (till 1.45)

  • Participatory Timeline (at back of room, by door)
  • 1840s Bride Cake at 4.30!

10am: Starters

  • John Bibby / Felix Mendelssohn Greetings!
  • Mary Marchant Heworth & Layerthorpe
  • Ian Tempest York Society in the 1840s
  • Phil Batman 1840s Copmanthorpe

11am: Maps and Chaps

  • John Shaw Maps
  • Andrew Sefton Pocklington map-makers
  • Margaret Leonard The BAAS: York 1844

12 noon: Work, Travel, Food, Drink

  • Ian Tempest Work in 1840s York
  • Susan Major Railway excursions
  • Carolyn Dougherty Carriers and Carrying Inns
  • Eileen White Mrs Dixon's recipe book

12.45-1.45: Lunchbreak: places are reserved in Library Café and at Bailey’s over the road

  • Quiz & Participatory Timeline (continues)
  • Laura Yeoman 1840s York in the City Archives
  • Catherine Oakley 1840s objects from York Castle Gaol

1.45 : Mike Rogers Quiz: Answers and Prizes

2pm: Buildings Old and New

  • Geoff Green The Minster
  • Alison Sinclair York: an 1840s building site?
  • Peter Addyman Industrial and vernacular housing

3pm: Poverty, Radicalism, Prisons

  • Adam Smith In Print and in Prison (postponed until 16 April)
  • Catherine Oakley York Prison (postponed until 16 April)
  • Nick Bosanquet York Chartism
  • Jenny Beal Poverty in Bishophill
  • Dick Hunter Petitioning for mercy

4pm: Panel: Bill Fawcett and others

4.30 1840s Bride Cake (courtesy of Eileen White, author of “Feeding a City: York”)

NB: For more on our 3pm themes come to on 16th April

Thanks to all our speakers and to everybody who has helped make today a success!!


Join us on March 12th for a gathering of enthusiasts focussing on a unique period in York's history!

UPDATE: 8 December 2018

Thank you for supporting “York in the 1840s” on March 12th 2019 in the Marriott Room, York Explore. Please invite your friends to join us too: details here at

This will be a unique event, focussing on one particular time and place rather than academic themes. Everyone is welcome. Space is still available if you would like to speak or do a display.

Apart from the usual conference stuff, there will be quizzes, music, drama and 1840s buns!

Six sessions will start on the hour at 10, 11, 12, 2, 3 and 4 o’clock. Each will have 3-4 papers and will last 40 minutes followed by discussion, coffee/tea and whatever takes your fancy. Topics are wide and varied: York’s MPs; maps and chaps from church, medicine and commerce, carters and transport, trains, drains and brains, photos, censuses and scandals. George Hudson, Dean Cockburn, and Felix Mendelssohn will be there!

Could you offer 5-10 minutes or a poster on your York family in the 1840s, or on the census in your area, or another topic of the times? I'd particular welcome more focus on women or the underclasses. Please let me know. Also, please say if you can help with research before the meeting e.g. on the 1841 and 1851 censuses, or on food and adverts in the 1840s, or if you have other ideas about how to make the day a great success.

Can you imagine a circle centred round York in 1844?

Give it fuzzy boundaries; include several miles around York and some years around 1844. Your circle might stretch from Victoria's Coronation in 1838 to the Chartists of Malton in 1848. Or maybe even to 1853 when the Crimean War started - the only European War in Britain's 1815-1914 short century of peace.

What was it like living in York then? How does this relate to York today?

We'll hear themes common and uncommon: Did you know that in York in 1844:

  • Photography arrived
  • Thomas Laycock publicised York's cholera
  • For a week at the end of September, York was THE centre of world science
  • The King of Saxony came for tea!

Family history, local history, world history will join to form a panorama focussed on one time and place. Would YOU like to do something?

  • Have you some artefacts from this period? - let us know about them!
  • Tell us about YOUR family in the 1840s
  • Research the 1841 and 1851 censuses in YOUR area
  • Pick up your hobby or interest, and locate it around York 1844.

We expect films/music/drama: walks and talks, maps and chaps, trains and drains, methodists, methodologists, architects, engines and engineers. And Deans and dons disputing the beginning and end of the world. The answer is 42 and 4004 BC! Book now!

Please tell your friends too. Email if you could do a poster or a 5-minute talk - or more.

EVERYBODY is invited - please pre-book to reserve a place: it's FREE !!!

This gathering or "UNconference" includes everything you might expect and some that you wouldn't: informal 2019-style presentations, discussion, snacks and chats with interesting participants.

But there will also be music, film and drama, and an associated city walk (to be confirmed).

Our two sessions start at 10am and 2pm, with coffee for early arrivals.
The morning session is "People and Places"; the afternoon session is "Ideas and Themes".
You can book for one or both, as you choose.

What will it cost? That's up to you. These are "Pay As You Feel" sessions i.e. FREE or by donation.

We need to take about £10 per person to cover our costs. So if you can donate £10 or more that will be appreciated, as will £5 or any amount.

As an incentive to pre-book, if you donate £10 or more IN ADVANCE, you will receive "Gold Star" priority booking with pure Yorkshire gold!

Follow up: We hope to follow the gathering with a book or booklet.

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Huntington Rd (near the HogsHead pub)


YO32 9PX

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