Bishopthorpe and the Big City Read 2011

York’s Big City Read is an annual event organised by Explore York (York Library).  A programme of events is held at a number of venues to celebrate a specific book and its connection to York.  This year’s Big City Read is The Lost Luggage Porter by Andrew Martin.  It’s an Edwardian crime novel set in York and Bishopthorpe.  York Railway Station is featured and the railway detective, Jim Stringer, lives with his wife on Main Street, Bishopthorpe and enjoys supping a pint at one of the local hostelries.  (Incidentally, Andrew Martin’s ancestors also used to live in the village.)

The Bishopthorpe Local History Group was invited to take part and has organised the following events:


Fridays, 29 July and 5 August at 2.15pm.

Limited to 20 people.  Please book with Diana Forrester: 01904 705396

Meet at the Pinfold, Bishopthorpe.

(At the junction of Main Street and Sim Balk Lane.)


Archbishops, Suffragettes and Mole Catchers:


An illustrated talk by Linda Haywood

Wednesday, 17 August at 12.30 pm, Marriot Room, Explore York (York Library)

To book call: 01904 552828 or email:

Saturday, 10 September at 2.30 pm, Village Hall, Bishopthorpe.

There is no need to book for this event.

All Bishopthorpe events are £3. 00 per person.

Pick up a free copy of The Lost Luggage Porter and a full programme of Big City Read 2011 events at Bishopthorpe Library.

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