Mapping 20th century Layerthorpe

Over summer 2015 we started to assemble and draw this ‘memory map’. It was inspired by comments on the York Stories Lost Layerthorpe page, the memories of residents who lived in the area in the 20th century.

There’s a map and an accompanying key. Selecting the images below will enlarge them – the images will load on their own in new browser windows, and then you should get the option to enlarge/zoom in. There’s also a PDF version on the link below. Let us know via the comments if you spot any errors or important things missing. This is version 2 and includes additions following some of the comments made below.

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Layerthorpe map and key, version 2, Dec 2015

Map created by the York Stories Collective, based on contributions and comments by Trev Audin, Sheila Blakelock, Mike Clark, Sue Claxton, Quentin Gannaway, Trevor Keeler, Terry Morrison, David Poole, and contributors via the comments below, and with reference to the street directory reproduced in Avril Webster’s book on Layerthorpe.

Particular thanks to Trev for starting the whole thing off and for the donation that enabled the creation of this Layerthorpe project website.


  1. Sandra Wreglesworth

    My grandfather, Martin Durkin (who lived to be 103), owned Nos. 58 and 60 Layerthorpe until they were ‘Compulsory Purchased’ from him about 1960.

  2. yvonne Foster

    I have just been looking at this site and it brings back memories, i lived in Rymer st only for 9years 63/72 , i was only 11 when we moved there but i still got to know alot of the older people , we lived next door to Mr & Mrs Audin my mum and dad were very good friends with them,

  3. Trevor Keeler

    Can you mark the York Boys Club as next to the pub in Redeness st. It was a great place for all the young lads in the area. I remember we had a visit from one of the Royal Princes but don’t remember which one.

    • Hello Trev
      I think the Royal visitor was the Duke of Gloucester about 1954. This was not the first Royal visitor – the Prince of Wales (later the Duke of Windsor) had visited the club in December 1933 when it was based in Hungate

    • Hello Trev
      I think the Royal visitor was the Duke of Gloucester about 1954. This was not the first Royal visitor – the Prince of Wales (later the Duke of Windsor) had visited the club in December 1933 when it was based in Hungate

    • Thanks for this Trevor, and thanks David for the additional information. Yes we will add it in, sounds like an important part of the community

  4. Trevor Keeler

    Hi David thanks for that. Can you remember anything more about it? Ther must be pictures of that and other events. It would be good if ther could be a gallery of residents. Maybe old pics and more upto date ones might be a worthwhile addition to the site.

  5. Thanks for your comments above. If you have photos and cuttings etc you’d like me to include on these pages please send me a quick message via the contact form: and I’ll get in touch, thanks, Lisa

  6. Terry Morrison

    Layerthorpe wmc was on the corner of Duke of York Street, until it moved to little Hatfield road, which was built by wally laverick who lived the other side of the old railway bridge at the top of Layerthorpe, we lived at No 75 next to osis scrap yard, before that we lived in the corner shop redness street next to the Durkins

    • My aunt and uncle knew Denny durkin iv been in there house in redenesd st my father used to take us into the pub in redeness st we used to sit in the yard

      • Sandra Wreglesworth

        Hi Joyce,
        Dennis is my dad. Still alive and 91 now. My mother is coming up 89. We lived at 27 Redeness Street until I was 11. I went to Bilton Street School until it closed in 1956. My grandad, Martin Durkin owned Nos. 58 and 60 Layerthorpe. He lived there too and died aged 103.

    • Sandra Wreglesworth

      Didn’t know you lived at the corner shop Terry. Was that before or after Mrs Coates took it over? Remember the Key’s had it too. I lived down Redeness Street most of the time. Granny and grandad Durkin and my dad’s brother and his family lived on the ‘front’ of Layerthorpe in the two houses near the corner shop.

    • Sandra Wreglesworth

      Terry, I have just been looking at the ‘Key to the Map’ and it looks like your mum’s fruit shop has been missed off before the Frog Hall.

      • Terry Morrison

        Hi Sandra, you are right, also whiteings shop and was it costellos next door, I remember a ladie and two daughters they were a bit older than us.

        • Sandra Wreglesworth

          Yes Terry, the girls were Joan and Dorothy Costello. Joan used to babysit at our house occasionally. She was older than me but went to Premier Commercial School in Stonegate where I went to be taught shorthand, typing etc. They lived with their father. Not sure about Dorothy but Joan died a few years ago.
          I remember Norman and Doris Whiting too. They went on to have the deli in Bootham. Memories eh!
          Before we moved out to Dalby Forest we lived overlooking Monk Stray in York. Had some contact then with Jackie Mitchell (now Bean). She lives in Heworth. I am good friends with Barbara Jackson (now Milner) from our primary school days. Also met Jackie Brown at some point whilst there. She was working upstairs in Asda. Eric Richardson has grandchildren at my granddaughters primary school. Do you remember Gerald Lee. Attended a Christening at his the hotel on Holgate Road too. Our son is friends with Corina Jones brother in York. Oh, I could go on forever. Do you remember any of these?

      • Hi Sandra, thanks for the information you’ve added in your comments above, we’ll have another look at the map re the shop you mentioned that has been missed off, thank you.

        • The Whitings first lived at 18 Kidd’s Terrace (I think they came from the Malton area) before running a grocery shop at 65 Layerthorpe for a few years (next door to Prossers fish shop), then moving to Bootham

  7. On the eastern corner of Layerthorpe/Bilton St corner(possibly no.52) was a bookmaker named Jock Cryle. The windows were blacked out & the door always closed. Betting could only be carried out officially by phone or post, but of course most betting was by cash under cover, often via public houses. The police occasionally visited the premises, presumably to keep those involved aware of the situation.

  8. Where was Morley Street??? My Nan and Grandad (George and Gertrude McSloy) lived at no 1… I remember visiting when I was very small… when looking out of the back bedroom window I remember seeing the tall chimney. And also the clinking of the trains from the rail line ..

  9. Does anyone remember Loll Ryan or Ryan’s Demolitions ? He had a yard to the left of the John Bull pub and it was a reclamation yard full of wood and chimney pots. He decorated the foss bank side with white chimney pots and was there from around 1970 to 1982 . He also had a yard in between the Frog Hall and the old gas works. Any information or photos anyone?

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