Archive

The archive will remain a ‘work-in-progress’. If you have found or come across any items that you think might be relevant and of interest, please contact us through the contact page. Constructive comments and suggestions always welcome.

Use the search item to bring up items relating to whatever aspect of the project interests you. Where possible we will show copies of the actual material – document, photo or audio files. Otherwise, the website will  simply ‘signpost’ you to where you can find the material. This will generally be for items that have copyright or other permission issues. The item will give a brief description of the item. If you want to follow it up you can contact the archive where it is located – a museum or a local history group.Although we stand to make no commercial advantage from using material, we have exercised due diligence in checking any restrictions on our right to display it.

 

Or just browse, there is already lots of fascinating material there …

Riccall train-spotter to British Rail ECML Technician

  Steve Bolton’s memoir tells of his adventures as a youthful train-spotter in Riccall and beyond. He later fulfilled his…

Station and Signal Box Closures

Notes from Gavin Wright 5/12/1 Although the East Coast Main line trains continued to run until 1983, the local passenger…

Interview: Bridge Farm in the 1940s with Steve Masterman, local farmer

Steve Masterman recounts some of the tales he learnt from his father of life at Bridge Farm, alongside the East…

Russell Jones – Riccall coal miner

Russell Jones, who now lives in Riccall, was born into a mining family who moved from Lancashire to Barnsley. After…

Beryl Burton – a video documentary

Beryl Burton was the celebrity guest at the opening  is ceremony. This is a documentary on her life and cycling…

Railway Photographs at Riccall Local History Group

Riccall Local Hisotry Group has a selection of photographs of the railway line over many decades

Starting work on the ECML – Nick Beilby

Nick Beilby worked on the East Coast Main Line from the age of 19. Here he recounts his experience as…

River to Railway – Sam Taylor’s ‘Riccall : A Village History’

Sam Taylor in his book “Riccall: a Village History” looks at the 1901 Census to illustrate the impact of the…

Rowntree Halt

Not all Rowntrees workers arrived on bikes. Each morning a train from Selby via Riccall and Naburn to Rowntree Halt…

Driving Cows into York

These days livestock normally travels on the roads – but on the back of a truck. Before the railways cows…

The birth of the National Cycle Network – an interview with John Grimshaw

This is an oral recording (and transcription) of a description of the origins of Sustrans and the construction of the…

Map of Escrick 1889-90

      Copyright: The Francis Firth Collection

Selby: The Saving Grace for Coal

This short documentary made during the 1984/85 Miner’s Strike places the development of the Selby coalfield in the context of…

There’s Life North of Watford: Mining

This documentary details the impact of the Selby Complex on Yorkshire and the hope it provided for the future of…

The Selby Complex by Dave Douglass

This article provides a general history of the Selby Coalfield. It has a particular emphasis on industrial relations at Selby…

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