History of the High Street on show at Knaresborough Library

2 January 2013

picturesKnaresborough People and Places is the name of a new local history group that has been meeting every week at Knaresborough Library since September 2012. The group is open to anyone with an interest in local history and counts representatives from Knaresborough Historical Society, Knaresborough Civic Society, Claro Community Archaeology Group and Renaissance Knaresborough among its ‘regulars’.

The group has been using the Ancestry website in the library to access the 1911 census to gain an impression of what Knaresborough High Street was like at the beginning of the last century. Using the census as a starting point, the group has done further research using trade directories, official guides to the town produced at the time, old postcards and Albert Walker drawings and has created a display which can be seen in the library throughout January 2013.

If anyone has any personal stories, family photographs or documents that further illustrate the History of the High Street they are invited to bring them to the library on any Tuesday morning between 10.00 and 12.00.

Over the coming months the group will be looking at premises in the Market Place and anyone with information to contribute will be very welcome.




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  1. Hi. My 92 year old neighbour is an ex post office engineer and at the end of his career was responsible for inside and outside equipment in the north east. He is interested in telephone exchanges. Number 5 Parks Square used to be the exchange for Knaresborough until the 1960s(?). Does anybody in your group have any information regarding the old exchange or the uptake of telephones in Knaresborough before and afterWW1? Mike.

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