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From the River Ouse through time, to the Fishergate Ring and the Fulford Biscuit, discover more about the history of York’s neighbourhoods through a series of talks and self-guided walks.

As part of this year’s Festival, the Fishergate, Fulford and Heslington Local History Society (FFH) is offering an opportunity to revisit past talks and explore York’s fascinating history.

Presentations available on the FFH website include:

  • The Fishergate Ring
  • Fishergate Postern Tower
  • The River Ouse Through Time
  • Fulford's Lost Shops
  • Fishergate School Great War Armistice Commemoration Event
  • Heslington's Churches and Chapels
  • The Setting and Archaeology of old St Oswald's Church
  • The 1951 York Mystery Plays and the Festival of Britain
  • Jane Austen and the York Lefroy Family

Walking trails can also be downloaded, including:

  • The houses and people of Main Street, Fulford, with illustrations by Martin Lomas
  • A walk from Fishergate Postern Tower, past the former cattle market and Fishergate School to Blue Bridge Lane and Brownie Dyke
  • Exploring the historical buildings and landscape of the Fordlands Road and Germany Beck area at the southern end of Fulford
  • Discover the 19th-century ‘Fulford Biscuit’ made by the Leng family
  • A short history of the old church of St Oswald.

In addition, the FFH website has a Past Events page, with reports of a wide range of talks, from Verna Campbell’s experience as the Sheriff of York, to cataloguing the Heslington Hoard of Roman coins, and from its commemoration of the centenary of the Armistice at Fishergate School to Mary Garrison’s search for Alcuin’s York.

The society recently published an article in the Journal of the Yorkshire Archaeological Society on the ‘Origins and Significance of the old church of St Oswald in Fulford’.  Details of this and a new archaeological investigation at the site can also be found on the society’s website.

For more information about the Fishergate, Fulford and Heslington Local History Society (FFH) and all of these events, please visit

Image credit: The Fishergate Ring, Yorkshire Museum Trust