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Two hundred years ago …

Friday 23rd September 2022 Not a YPS founder! Over recent weeks we have met a disparate trio – an eccentric surgeon, a solicitor, and a gentleman of means with time on his hands, all three accustomed to sitting on worthy …

Posted - 23/09/2022 | Read more

Two hundred years ago …

Friday 2nd September 2022 YPS Founder #3 William Salmond, in contrast to Atkinson and Thorpe, is something of an enigma. In some 20th century sources he is referred to as ‘Colonel Salmond’, but there are no contemporary references to this …

Posted - 2/09/2022 | Read more

Two hundred years ago …

Friday 26th August 2022 YPS Founder #2 James Atkinson, surgeon, lived in a moderately imposing house in Lendal, now The House of the Trembling Madness. He practised medicine and surgery in York for many years, and had a large personal collection …

Posted - 26/08/2022 | Read more

Two hundred years ago …

Friday 19th August 2022 YPS Founder #1 Anthony Thorpe was a respected solicitor. Born in Lincolnshire, where he served his time as an articled clerk, he appears to have moved to York in the 1790s, by 1800 becoming a partner …

Posted - 19/08/2022 | Read more

Two hundred years ago …

Friday 12th August 2022 Summer 1822 On the surface, very little seems to be happening in relation to the Kirkdale fossils, or at least nothing that enters the public domain.  Apart from sporadic commentaries on William Buckland’s Royal Society article, …

Posted - 13/08/2022 | Read more

The Clerk in the Country

Friday 29th July 2022 Gone! Regular readers may remember my reports of the demolition of Eggborough Power Station’s eight cooling towers in two stages last year.  It was thought at the time that the 200 metre tall chimney would be …

Posted - 31/07/2022 | Read more

The Clerk in the Country

Friday 15th July 2022 Harvest Heatwave The countryside around here is no longer green.  The view from my windows is a patchwork of yellow cereals and brown oil seed rape and in the last few days combine harvesters have appeared, …

Posted - 17/07/2022 | Read more

The Clerk Out and About

Friday 1st July 2022 Grand Days Out It was good to read recently that Whitelock’s Ale House in Leeds has had its listed status raised from Grade II to Grade II*.  Tucked away right in the centre of the city …

Posted - 2/07/2022 | Read more

The Clerk in the Counry

Friday 27th May 2022 Tonnes and tablespoons I was interested to read recently about a project encouraging the cultivation of einkorn wheat in urban allotments, gardens and even window boxes with the aims of maintaining this heritage cereal variety and …

Posted - 30/05/2022 | Read more

The Clerk in the Country

Friday 20th May 2022 A walk in May As pandemic restrictions have eased and life has returned to more normal routines, I find that my walks into the countryside have become less frequent, but in glorious sunshine last Saturday I …

Posted - 21/05/2022 | Read more