The Helmsley Archive

Images of Helmsley and the surrounding villages and hamlets


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The Helmsley Archive is a collection of more than 5000 images illustrating the history of Helmsley over the last 150 years. The late John Collier bequeathed his collection to Helmsley Town Council who, together with the Ryedale Area Committee of North Yorkshire County Council and The North York Moors National Parks Authority, have continued to support the project. The Archive is now being augmented by local residents; if you can help by providing further images, please Contact us.
Images are grouped into Albums (below): select one by clicking its thumbnail - its contents and associated information can then be browsed. The content can also be Searched for names of people and places etc; for guidance on Searching, Click here...
We are eager to hear from you if you have further information or corrections to any image; please send your comments using the Contact Form, including its HA0xxxx number.

3,542 files in 41 albums with 110 comments viewed 813,494 times
Prints Available for Immediate Sale...


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Prints in this Album are available for immediate sale - now at £3.00p each (+ postage if required). They are glossy, professionally-printed, are typically about 8x12" (depending on aspect ratio), and have been displayed at previous exhibitions. Please contact us if you are interested...

0 files, 522 linked files, 522 files total
Album viewed 1362 times

Previous Exhibitions


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Did you miss one of our Exhibitions - or wish to see one again? Click here to see all our past displays...

7 files, last one added on Mar 31, 2014
Album viewed 547 times

Helmsley Town


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Views around the Town

486 files, last one added on Feb 07, 2016
Album viewed 2811 times

Helmsley Castle


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Views of the Castle from 1850, through its "clearance" in 1925, up to the present day...

58 files, last one added on Feb 05, 2016
Album viewed 578 times

Helmsley Churches


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All Saints' Helmsley, St Mary's Rievaulx, Primitive Methodist, Catholic and others...

77 files, last one added on Feb 05, 2016
Album viewed 899 times

Bird's Eye Views


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Views of Helmsley taken from the roof of the Town Hall, August 2011

23 files, last one added on Nov 11, 2011
Album viewed 451 times

Rievaulx


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Mainly pictures of the Abbey - over the years

83 files, last one added on Feb 05, 2016
Album viewed 662 times

Railway


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Helmsley station operated from 1871 to 1964

58 files, last one added on Apr 08, 2014
Album viewed 1272 times

People


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We don't know the identity of some of these people, and are uncertain about others; please contact us if you can help!

787 files, last one added on Feb 07, 2016
Album viewed 3295 times

Farm Life


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Farming activities over the years...

87 files, last one added on Feb 11, 2016
Album viewed 1404 times

Sport


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Mostly cricket and football...

75 files, last one added on Jun 25, 2015
Album viewed 2397 times

Military and Related Organisations


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Including The Yorkshire Hussars, King's Royal Rifles, Yeomanry, Home Guard, Observer Corps, British Legion etc...

205 files, last one added on Feb 07, 2016
Album viewed 1261 times

Duncombe Park and Workers


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Home of the Duncombe family

88 files, last one added on Nov 06, 2015
Album viewed 1298 times

Helmsley Arts Centre


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The Old Meeting House was originally built as a venue for Quaker meetings in 1812, and used regularly until 1980. It was purchased in 1984 as an arts centre, but suffered a disastrous fire on 15 August 2000; it was rebuilt, renamed Helmsley Arts Centre, and reopened on 27 April 2001.

36 files, last one added on Jan 18, 2013
Album viewed 223 times

Helmsley Youth Groups


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Scouts, Brownies, Junior Red Cross, Methodist Youth Group - and Dancers!

129 files, last one added on Feb 14, 2015
Album viewed 1104 times

Schools - Lady Feversham's C of E (Low) School


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By 1832, Lady Feversham's Charity School had been set up in Ryegate. In 1847, it moved to a new building at the entrance to Duncombe Park; it closed in 1979

325 files, last one added on Oct 17, 2014
Album viewed 1721 times

Schools - Lord Feversham's C of E (High) School


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Lord Feversham's C of E (High) School was in existence at Knipes Hall from 1867 to 1953
It was a boys' school, until girls were admitted in 1947

69 files, last one added on Mar 25, 2015
Album viewed 773 times

Schools - Helmsley Methodist School


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The Sunday School room in the Chapel was used as a day school from 1852; the school closed in 1979...

73 files, last one added on Nov 06, 2015
Album viewed 2258 times

Schools - Helmsley Wesleyan Day School


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5 files, last one added on Nov 06, 2015
Album viewed 424 times

Schools - Helmsley Primary School


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Opened in 1979...

12 files, last one added on Feb 14, 2015
Album viewed 1069 times

Schools - Ryedale School


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Took pupils from September, 1953; officially opened on 3rd May 1954

114 files, last one added on Jul 16, 2012
Album viewed 3138 times

Schools - Queen Mary's School, Duncombe Park


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Queen Mary's School occupied Duncombe Park from 1925 until 1985...

36 files, last one added on Feb 19, 2011
Album viewed 1120 times

Schools - Nunnington School


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The original village school was founded in 1678; a new boys' school was erected in 1869 by Mr J Rutson

17 files, last one added on Jul 25, 2012
Album viewed 283 times

Schools - Other local schools


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Including Pockley, Fangdale Beck, East Moors, Nawton and Rievaulx Schools...

34 files, last one added on Feb 14, 2015
Album viewed 1091 times

1897 - Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee


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Celebrations on Tuesday 31st August and Wednesday 1st September, 1897

21 files, last one added on Apr 05, 2013
Album viewed 348 times

1896 &1900 - Duke of York's Visits


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The Duke of York visited Helmsley in July 1896 for the York Agricultural Show, and also laid the Foundation Stone for Helmsley Town Hall at 12.30pm on Wednesday, June 20th, 1900

7 files, last one added on Mar 17, 2011
Album viewed 276 times

1902 - King Edward VII's Coronation


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3 files, last one added on Feb 21, 2012
Album viewed 221 times

1911 - King George V's Coronation


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5 files, last one added on Dec 19, 2013
Album viewed 625 times

1935 - King George V's Silver Jubilee


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It is unclear whether some of these images belong to King George VI's Coronation celebrations.
Please contact us if you can help!

32 files, last one added on Apr 17, 2014
Album viewed 283 times

1937 - King George VI's Coronation


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It is unclear whether some of these images belong to King George V's Silver Jubilee celebrations.
Please contact us if you can help!

44 files, last one added on Jun 14, 2013
Album viewed 335 times

1951 - Festival of Britain


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A pageant presented at Helmsley Castle depicting scenes from Helmsley's mediaeval history

46 files, last one added on Jan 01, 2011
Album viewed 307 times

1953 - Queen Elizabeth II's Coronation


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Celebratory events on 2nd June, 1953...

24 files, last one added on Jul 25, 2012
Album viewed 391 times

1977 - Queen Elizabeth II's Silver Jubilee


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Celebrations taking place from May to July, 1977
Please click here to see the colour and sound home movie!!

30 files, last one added on Feb 14, 2015
Album viewed 514 times

2002 - Queen Elizabeth II's Golden Jubilee


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4 files, last one added on Jun 17, 2011
Album viewed 120 times

2012 - Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee


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50 files, last one added on Jul 23, 2012
Album viewed 306 times

The Ryedale Players


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Programmes, cast lists and scenes from productions between 1944 and 1965...

72 files, last one added on Dec 26, 2010
Album viewed 427 times

Christmas Past


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Costume fun at Christmas!
Can you help us with the names?

50 files, last one added on Feb 14, 2015
Album viewed 532 times

Advertisements


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Adverts from guidebooks, brochures, pamphlets and programmes - showing shops and services

61 files, last one added on Jan 24, 2012
Album viewed 433 times

Around and about


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Not central Helmsley - but worth a look!

168 files, last one added on Feb 05, 2016
Album viewed 1531 times

What's all this about?


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Images about which we have little idea
- other than they were found in Helmsley...
Please let us know - help us out!

5 files, last one added on Feb 11, 2011
Album viewed 1186 times

The Frank Collection


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The Frank Collection of Roman coins was bequeathed to The Helmsley Archive by the late Richard Frank. It comprises a hoard of 34 silver Roman denarii which closed not much later than AD 218 - the date of the latest coin; it was found in Helmsley in 1931.
Roman coinage was badly depreciated during the 3rd Century, which meant that the earlier, good-value silver coins tended to be hoarded. The coins had been identified by the late Philip Corder
With grateful thanks to Andy Woods for collaboration and photographs...

36 files, last one added on Nov 23, 2015
Album viewed 65 times

 

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