Bishopthorpe Local History Group

Business Name:
Bishopthorpe Local History Group
Business Address:
39 Acaster Lane
Bishopthorpe
York
Post Code:
YO23 2SA
Business Genre:
Contact Name:
Linda Haywood – Chair
Business Description:

We research, record and preserve the history of Bishopthorpe.
We run a number of projects including a Community Archive, Oral History, the transcription of many documents and Minutes. Research projects are also carried out on an individual basis.
Open to all ages.
Meetings are held approx. every six weeks in Vernon House, Maple Avenue at 7:30pm
Membership: £7.50 per annum

Business Phone Number:
01904 704584
Business Contact Email:

4 comments on “Bishopthorpe Local History Group

  1. Remember watching animals being slaughtered at back of Dixon butcher shop
    The operative was not Alan or Geoff but Les Cayton
    Cows were walked down from Blackers farm
    Just saw that Alan passed away, sad news

  2. Nice to hear from you again John but, just to be clear – Geoff Dixon’s brother who worked with him in the family butcher shop, was Arthur, not Alan. The Alan Dixon who sadly died on Friday, 16 April 2021, was an accountant with Shepherd Homes and served as a Chairman on Bishopthorpe Parish Council. Alan kindly took part in our Oral History Project in 2008.

  3. Thanks for that Linda.perhaps Alan was Geoff’s Son?
    Out of interest I am reading a novel by Andrew Martin, title: “Lost Luggage Porter” and it features York and Bishopthorpe in 1905.
    Andrew’s comments are so exact one would think he lived in Bishopthorpe at some time.
    It’s written in the first person and he lived in the village in his book.
    The village is featured as Thorpe on The Ouse
    He even referred to a retired army officer having his own front bench during church services in St Andrews.
    I recall Colonel Tindall in that capacity in the 1950,s

    • No, John, Geoff did not marry. Alan Dixon was not connected to the Dixon butcher family.
      Yes, we are aware of Andrew Martin’s book. The ‘Lost Luggage Porter’ was York Library’s ‘Big City Read’ a few years ago. We recorded Andrew Martin’s late father, John, for our Oral History project. John’s father was Francis Reuben Martin who was born in Bishopthorpe in 1893 and his father was Thomas Martin, a tinsmith (born 1853 in York). Thomas Martin moved to Bishopthorpe and worked in his own workshop behind Rose Cottage in Main Street and made many a pan for the Palace kitchen. So you can see where Andrew Martin’s interest in Bishopthorpe stemmed from.

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4 comments on “Bishopthorpe Local History Group

  1. Remember watching animals being slaughtered at back of Dixon butcher shop
    The operative was not Alan or Geoff but Les Cayton
    Cows were walked down from Blackers farm
    Just saw that Alan passed away, sad news

  2. Nice to hear from you again John but, just to be clear – Geoff Dixon’s brother who worked with him in the family butcher shop, was Arthur, not Alan. The Alan Dixon who sadly died on Friday, 16 April 2021, was an accountant with Shepherd Homes and served as a Chairman on Bishopthorpe Parish Council. Alan kindly took part in our Oral History Project in 2008.

  3. Thanks for that Linda.perhaps Alan was Geoff’s Son?
    Out of interest I am reading a novel by Andrew Martin, title: “Lost Luggage Porter” and it features York and Bishopthorpe in 1905.
    Andrew’s comments are so exact one would think he lived in Bishopthorpe at some time.
    It’s written in the first person and he lived in the village in his book.
    The village is featured as Thorpe on The Ouse
    He even referred to a retired army officer having his own front bench during church services in St Andrews.
    I recall Colonel Tindall in that capacity in the 1950,s

    • No, John, Geoff did not marry. Alan Dixon was not connected to the Dixon butcher family.
      Yes, we are aware of Andrew Martin’s book. The ‘Lost Luggage Porter’ was York Library’s ‘Big City Read’ a few years ago. We recorded Andrew Martin’s late father, John, for our Oral History project. John’s father was Francis Reuben Martin who was born in Bishopthorpe in 1893 and his father was Thomas Martin, a tinsmith (born 1853 in York). Thomas Martin moved to Bishopthorpe and worked in his own workshop behind Rose Cottage in Main Street and made many a pan for the Palace kitchen. So you can see where Andrew Martin’s interest in Bishopthorpe stemmed from.

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