In the summer of 2015 a page about ‘Lost Layerthorpe’ on the York Stories website began to collect many comments, memories of the area from people who had lived there from the 1930s until the demolition of the terraced streets later in the 20th century. The comments brought back to life an area that is now, in the early 21st century, completely changed, with very few visible reminders of the community that once lived and worked on those streets. Many of the streets off Layerthorpe have disappeared completely.
The interest in that page led me to set up this separate website where I thought I’d gather together some of the available photos, maps and information.
There’s also a map. We attempted to record, from memories of the people who lived in the area, a part of York where whole streets were demolished in the 20th century, where very little remains to remind us of the terraced houses and many shops. While compiling the map we visited the area and took photographs, and tried to get our bearings on where the demolished streets had been before the industrial units and car showrooms.
This Layerthorpe project site is no longer being updated but it remains online and I hope it will still be of interest to people looking for more information on this part of York. Thanks to everyone who contributed to it.
Page updated: January 2019