People of York

People alive and dead, mostly dead, who have shaped York and had an impact on making it the place it is today. Some famous and recognised in history lessons across the world, some only known more closely to home. Learn about their input, both great and small and the effect they have had on the City of York.

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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 […]

George Leeman

January 30, 2013, No comments

Eminent politician, lawyer, and businessman George Leeman, who was born in York in 1809, left his imprint on the city with his drive and contribution ...

William Etty

January 30, 2013, No comments

William Etty, York’s best known artist, devoted his career to the nude. He was born in York in 1787 in Feasegate where his father was a baker and co ...

Saint Margaret Clitherow

January 30, 2013, No comments

Saint Margaret Clitherow was put to death in York on 25 March 1586; she is an English saint and martyr who was canonised in 1970 by Pope Paul VI. Marg ...

  • Guy Fawkes
    January 29, 2013, No comments

    Guy Fawkes, the infamous conspirator, was born in York in 1570 and christened on 16 April 1570 in St Michael le Belfrey Church, High Petergate, as listed in the church […]

  • King Richard III
    January 29, 2013, No comments

    Richard III was the last Yorkist King of England; he died on 22 August 1485 at the Battle of Bosworth Field effectively ending the Wars of the Roses between the […]

  • George Hudson – The Railway King
    January 29, 2013, No comments

    York’s ‘railway king’ George Hudson was born at Howsham in 1800.  He was a son of the High Constable of Buckrose, John Hudson, a farmer. George Hudson was famous for […]

  • John Carr – Georgian Architect
    January 28, 2013, No comments

    John Carr, a renowned prolific Georgian architect and the only provincial member of the London Architects’ Club, has stamped his name on many of the finest buildings in York, among […]

  • 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 […]