Questionnaire: living in Layerthorpe

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Street sign for Redeness St, with modern buildings behind


  1. Terry Morrison

    Great idea looking back on layerthorpe things were a bit tough like no bathrooms and out side toilets

  2. Terry Morrison

    My mother had the greengrocers next to the scrap yard, she ran a tick book , where she wrote down everything a resident of layerthorpe would buy and then pay for it all on the Friday, we had no bathroom only a tin bath which hung up in the back yard like everyone else down layerthorpe and all the streets off

    • Pauline Coldrick

      I remember the shop very well. Your dad was a regular customer at the frog hall where I lived.

  3. My mother lived at 1 Hawthorne Grove, just over the railway way bridge at the top of Layerthorpe. I have photos of my mother in the ARPS in Layerthorpe in WW2.
    Also have memories of staying at the same house as a child and listening to the buses coming over the bridge. We used to visit a small shop selling sweets a few doors down on the left over the bridge.

    • I lived at 39 Layerthorpe,which is now the Hungry cafe.and at 64,till i left Parkgrove school and joined the army at 15. Reading the story’s here i was amazed how many people names came up that i could put faces to. I’m 80 next and the last of the Coates family.yes i remember the Masons, Deatons,Wilson’s, Chipchases, Jocky, Ferris and lots more.

      • My sister Lila married to Carlo the cobbler, she had a shop at 39 selling baby clothes, wool, a general drapery shop. Carlo took over the butchers shop,to the left of the pub.selling shoes ,and in the early 60s they started the post office in Brookfield.My brother Tom and his wife Doreen ran then little shop on the corner of Redness street.and on the others corner No 64, my mother and father lived, dad worked for Rowntrees. At one tiime Lila lived next door to Durkins.

    • Pauline Coldrick

      I think that would be Watsons

  4. Interested in the link with the Coates family. Are you related to William Coates the Joiner, who had a business opposite Walmgate Bar during the 19th century? I hope to hear from you.

    • Sorry he wasn’t one of ours,the only one in our family of that name, died as a result of the first war and is buried in Strensall,my uncle,

  5. I went to BIlton street school,and remember when the teachers took us to St Cuthberts,after leaving the Army i was walking past,and noticed the door open,I don’t remember who was at the door but i i was allowed in, at that time Layerthorpe had gone as we remembered it. but it was nice to reminisce..

  6. Vanora Hohmann

    My grandma, Gertrude Maw, was born in 1897? at 19 Rymer street. Does anyone know anything about the Maw familie?

  7. My Grandma Bessie Waudby ( nee Lethbridge ) lived at 32 Rymer Street for many years and I often visited and in fact moved in for a while with my mother during the war years. I have many happy memories of Layerthorpe, its local characters and shops. Happy days!

  8. My great gran called Ada Cattle lived at 7 Downhill Street in 1956 , wonder if anyone remembered her

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