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 …

Haddlesey-Selby Canal and the ‘Lazy Cut’

In June 1774, the Aire & Calder Company secured an Act allowing them to construct a navigable canal from Haddlesey…

Shipping on the River Ouse at Selby

The opening of the Haddlesey-Selby Canal in 1778 helped to increase trade in Selby via the River Ouse, though prior…

The Selby Swing Bridge

The bridge was built by the York-based Nelson & Company, after the company was granted the necessary contract in 1888.…

Selby Coalfield Record Breakers

During the existence of the coalfields, from the 1980s until 2004, approximately 121 million tonnes of coal were mined. While…

Football Teams from the Mining Villages

Communities developed around the coalfields — pictured are two football teams, which is just one example of the various social…

Prince Philip opens the mine

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Selby Coalfield Timeline

Some important dates associated with the Selby Coalfied: May 1972: An National Coal Board Regional geologist presents his paper on the…

Mining Machinery at Selby Coalfield

             

Discovering the Selby Coalfield in 1972 – Ron Goosens and Bill Forrest

Goosens was a Regional Geologist with the National Coal Board. In 1972, he worked on completing a series of boreholes,…

Duchess of Kent starting drilling at Wistow

Sir Nigel Gresley at Gascoigne Wood in 1987

Gascoigne Wood

 

Selby Motor and General Engineering Co. Ltd

Selby Motor & General Engineering Co. Ltd took over Stagg & Robson Ltd. in 1906 but went into liquidation in…

Stagg & Robson Ltd of Selby

Stagg & Robson arrived in Selby around 1900 and purchased four acres of land off of Bawtry Road. The company…

Mill-Gate Mills, Selby

    There was a decree mandating that all inhabitants of Selby must grind the corn, grain and malt to…

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