York’s Heritage

Events, specific times or periods in history that had a great impact on the city and its future.

Featured
February 8, 2013, No comments

The city of York with its two rivers, the Ouse and the Foss, is reliant on its bridge system. The oldest known site, dating to the 9th century, of a […]

The Chocolate City

February 5, 2013, No comments

One of York’s claims to fame is its illustrious chocolate connections. The evocative names of Rowntree’s and Terry’s of York are synonymous with ...

The Railway Revolution

February 5, 2013, No comments

19th century York, along with the rest of the UK, was turned around by the onset of the railways. Life changed ever increasingly in line with the rail ...

Terry’s of York

February 5, 2013, No comments

Terry’s chocolate and confectionery business has an illustrious history. The Terry family has been immersed in the highly successful chocolate conce ...

  • Roman York
    January 30, 2013, No comments

    In AD 71 the Romans decided to quell local skirmishes in the north of England and the Ninth Legion marched on the York area, choosing to settle in the marshy […]

  • The River Ouse
    January 30, 2013, No comments

    The River Ouse, flowing through York along with the Foss, has aided the city’s progress – and occasionally its periodic demise from unwanted and fearful ‘travellers’ such as the Black […]

  • The Black Death in York
    January 28, 2013, No comments

    The Black Death, originally known as the Great Death, began in China in 1346 and swept across Europe in the 14th century killing millions, finally abating in 1350. The plague, […]

  • The Vikings and Jorvik
    January 28, 2013, No comments

    The first Vikings to take York were Danes travelling north from East Anglia in 866. The Vikings turned around the dwindling Anglo-Saxon port of Eoforwic making it into a prosperous […]