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 9400 images illustrating the history of Helmsley over the last 150 years; more than 3880 images are currently available on this website.
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.
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 images, information or corrections to any descriptions; please send your comments using the Contact Form, including any HA0xxxx numbers. Please Click here for our Privacy Policy.

3,930 files in 42 albums with 110 comments viewed 1,296,365 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, 516 linked files, 516 files total
Album viewed 2220 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 933 times

Helmsley Town


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Views around the Town

635 files, last one added on May 19, 2018
Album viewed 3974 times

Helmsley Castle


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

73 files, last one added on May 19, 2018
Album viewed 1148 times

Helmsley Churches


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

94 files, last one added on Sep 08, 2017
Album viewed 1492 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 934 times

Rievaulx


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Mainly pictures of the Abbey - over the years

93 files, last one added on May 19, 2018
Album viewed 1189 times

Railway


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Helmsley station operated from 1871 to 1964:
the last passenger train was on 27th June 1964
and the last freight train was on 7th August 1964
Official closure was on 10th August 1964

67 files, last one added on May 19, 2018
Album viewed 2116 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!

853 files, last one added on Mar 21, 2019
Album viewed 4905 times

Farm Life


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Farming activities over the years...

96 files, last one added on Aug 05, 2017
Album viewed 2172 times

Sport


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Mostly cricket and football...

77 files, last one added on Feb 27, 2017
Album viewed 3232 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...

220 files, last one added on May 19, 2018
Album viewed 2220 times

Duncombe Park and Workers


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Home of the Duncombe family

127 files, last one added on May 19, 2018
Album viewed 2112 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.

37 files, last one added on May 17, 2018
Album viewed 756 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 1705 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 Feb 27, 2017
Album viewed 2578 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

70 files, last one added on Mar 25, 2015
Album viewed 1332 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 3049 times

Schools - Helmsley Wesleyan Day School


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5 files, last one added on Nov 06, 2015
Album viewed 819 times

Schools - Helmsley Primary School


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Opened in 1979...

12 files, last one added on Feb 14, 2015
Album viewed 1601 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 4435 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 1800 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 693 times

Schools - Gilling East and Harome


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As part of Operation Pied Piper children were evacuated from Mersey Street School, Hull from 1939 to 1940. 20 boys went to GIlling East School, and six girls went to Harome School.
Please click here to see the photographic album of their experiences... View full-screen, and zoom in to see more detail!

2 files, last one added on Apr 19, 2019
Album viewed 44 times

Schools - Other local schools


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

37 files, last one added on Oct 02, 2018
Album viewed 1765 times

1897 - Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee


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

24 files, last one added on Feb 27, 2017
Album viewed 706 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

9 files, last one added on Feb 27, 2017
Album viewed 669 times

1902 - King Edward VII's Coronation


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2 files, last one added on Feb 21, 2012
Album viewed 558 times

1911 - King George V's Coronation


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6 files, last one added on Dec 19, 2013
Album viewed 1237 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 623 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!

45 files, last one added on Feb 27, 2017
Album viewed 746 times

1951 - Festival of Britain


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A pageant presented at Helmsley Castle depicting scenes from Helmsley's mediaeval history
Click here for more information...

46 files, last one added on Jan 01, 2011
Album viewed 710 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 815 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 869 times

2002 - Queen Elizabeth II's Golden Jubilee


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4 files, last one added on Jun 17, 2011
Album viewed 431 times

2012 - Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee


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50 files, last one added on Jul 23, 2012
Album viewed 724 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 907 times

Christmas Past


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

58 files, last one added on May 19, 2017
Album viewed 943 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 2108 times

Around and about


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Not central Helmsley - but worth a look!

198 files, last one added on May 19, 2018
Album viewed 2580 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!

7 files, last one added on Feb 27, 2017
Album viewed 1897 times

The Frank Collection


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The Frank Collection of Roman coins came to The Helmsley Archive from the late Richard Frank. It comprises a hoard of 35 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
RIC References refer to Royal Imperial Coinage volumes, a digital version of which is available here...
With grateful thanks to Andy Woods for collaboration and photographs...

40 files, last one added on Jan 17, 2017
Album viewed 528 times

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