Family secrets of York’s disgraced Railway King

HE WAS the Railway King of Victorian England, and the grounds of his stately home in the Yorkshire Wolds held what was probably the world’s biggest train set.

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Photo by Adam Butler/PA.

‘Goodbye’ to a divided nation: The week that was February 21 to 27, 1997.

In a speech which turned out to be brimming with optimism, but based on very little fact, Prime Minister John Major announced this week that Britain was “waving goodbye to the North-South divide”.

Bob Smith, Collections Photographer for English Heritage, looks at the 13th century stained glass which shows a red cockerel. The glass was found during excavations at Rievaulx Abbey near Helmsley in North Yorkshire and is thought to have come from one of the abbey's east end windows, pictured.   oct 7 2003

Nostalgia on Tuesday: End of a chapter

Standing in the Rievaulx Abbey chapter house one cold Sunday afternoon in January, I felt overwhelmed by the tragic history associated with such a small room.

Dr. Anwen Caffell and colleague Rebecca Gowland examining a cranium from Fewston at Durham University.

Valley of the dead... Mick Jagger and the Victorian remains

The little parish church of St Michael and St Lawrence is a picture of serenity tucked away among trees in the Washburn Valley to the west of Harrogate, and those who discover it are apt to use the words “hidden gem”. Just a few cottages remain of its nearest village, Fewston, because most of the congregation was displaced in the 1870s when the Leeds Waterworks Company flooded the valley to supply the city’s taps.

Blacksmiths at Thornton-le-Clay, near York, 17th February 1965

Blacksmiths and enemy aircraft pictures found in the archives

A German Heinkel III which was the first enemy aircraft to be shot down over England, near Whitby, in 1940 and blacksmiths at Thornton-le-Clay, near York, in 1965 are among the pictures from this week’s look into The Yorkshire Post picture archives.

GALLERY: Steam enthusiasts share their photos of Tornado

GALLERY: Steam enthusiasts share their photos of Tornado

These images, taken from social media, show the buzz created by steam locomotive Tornado's arrival in Yorkshire. The engine hauled the first timetabled steam services on the British network since the 1960s.


Tornado pictures and aerial video: After 50 years, a triumphant return to steam

IT HAD been a dull and wet summer, and the weather matched the mood of the Pentax-wielding spectators who had come to bear witness to the end of an era.

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Bradford's new manager Frank Tomlinson (right) meets players (left to right) Preece, Crampton, Brannan, Brodie, Rafferty and Carr on his first day at Park Avenue in 1970.

New man at Bradford

Bradford’s new manager Frank Tomlinson on his first day at Park Avenue in 1970, Can you name the players?

Danger waste to be moved: The week that was February 7 to 13, 1992

Danger waste to be moved: The week that was February 7 to 13, 1992

HUNDREDS of tonnes of highly toxic waste could soon be moved from a Yorkshire community, it was revealed this week.

1950s Withernsea-born film star Kay Kendall as a child, right, walking past Withernsea lighthouse with her older brother and sister, Terry and Kim.

Nostalgia on Tuesday: A name in lights

Aquestion: What have a famous film actress of the 1950s and Withernsea lighthouse in common? Actress Kay Kendall was born in Withernsea, a mere stone’s throw from the lighthouse. It ceased to be operational, in 1976, and in 1990 her sister Kim established a museum there partly to celebrate the life of Kay, who died aged just 32 in 1959.

The hidden gardens Plas Cadnant near the Menai Bridge on Anglesey which faced a "tidal wave" of flood water on Boxing Day 2015

Rain stops play as cricket faces climate threat

The quintessential summer sound of leather on willow is being disrupted by climate change, as cricket grounds face increased rain and flooding, green groups warn.

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Eric Tharratt is the son of the skipper of the WWI steam trawler, Viola. 
Picture: James Hardisty.

Bringing home to Hull the WW1 steam trawler my dad skippered

Two great survivors could be reunited later this year – if the ship comes in. Eric Tharratt, 99, is looking forward to the homecoming of the Viola – the 110-year-old steam trawler his father skippered.

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Dame Vera Lynn will celebrate turning 100 with the release of a new album.

We’ll meet again at the record shop: Dame Vera releases new LP at 100

Dame Vera Lynn, the wartime forces’ sweetheart, will next month become the first centenarian to release a record album, with a disc of newly-orchestrated versions of her most beloved songs.


From cold war to cold storage: The last Vulcan goes into ‘hibernation’

IT WAS a monument to the Cold War, and the irony was lost on no-one today as the last airworthy Vulcan bomber was towed into a cold storage hangar.

David Hockney at an exhibition of his work at the Lane Gallery, Bradford,in  February 1970.

Portrait of a young artist

Do you recognise him? This picture of a young David Hockney back in February 1970 in just one of the images from this week’s delve into The Yorkshire Post picture archives.

A customs officer keeps an eye as cigarettes are washed up from the beached container at Fraisthorpe nudist beach, near Bridlington. Picture: Terry Carrott

Drainage fears over flooding: The week that was January 31 to February 6, 1996.

A farmland drainage system labelled an “environmental nightmare” by conservationists was partly to blame for severe flooding which devastated part of Yorkshire, it was revealed this week. Farmers and environmentalists said that a drainage trench system called ‘moorland gripping’ had contributed to a disaster in the Dales.

Castle Howard general view

Nostalgia on Tuesday: Howard’s Ways

Sometimes unusual liaisons between individuals can create remarkable results. This was true when Charles Howard, third Earl of Carlisle, met John Vanbrugh and they built Castle Howard, regarded as the foremost country house in Yorkshire and amongst the most spectacular in the country.

David Aynesworth holds his polecat ferret, whilst judge Simon Smith holds an Albino ferret, before the start of the evening's ferret racing at the Craven Arms pub, Appletreewick.

Dales pub where they still race ferrets - with bonus video

There is a pub in the charismatic Yorkshire Dales village of Appletreewick called the Craven Arms. It has flagged floors, real fires, gas lighting and all the snug nooks and crannies one could hopes for from a 16th century inn. Sited at the rear is its undisputable crowning glory, a traditionally built cruck barn – hand-crafted from bent oak trees, with walls insulated with sheep’s wool and rendered with traditional lime and horse hair, and roofed with a hand-pulled heather ling thatch.

Roger Tiley's pictures of life at Kellingley Colliery

New light on the day darkness fell on Kellingley

As a small army of cameramen and journalists gathered outside Kellingley Colliery to capture the moment Britain’s last deep mine closed for ever, Roger Tiley took himself away from the melee. “I went to my van, shut the door and shed a few tears,” says the South Wales photographer who had spent the previous fortnight capturing the men at work. “I understand why the Press were there. The closure was the story, but it felt quite uncomfortable and I just needed some time on my own.

John Prescott, the then MP for Hull East, opens the first phase of the new Transport Museum in 1993.

Ride back to Hull’s past

FROM fishing port to cultural capital - we take a look at Hull through the years in this week’s delve into The Yorkshire Post picture archives.

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