Around 1900, sluices at Naburn weir were opened to lower water levels so York's new sewer pipes could be installed. The river was effectively at low tide, as shown in this photograph from Imagine York.
In 2016, FFH members, Judy Nicholson and Chris Rainger, gave a talk to the Society about the history of the river.
You can download a PDF of their presentation HERE
Did you know there was a ferry across the Ouse on New Walk?
It ran from the Ambrose Street steps to a rough ramp up the west bank and its users included workers at Terry's staff.
Members of the wonderful 'York Past and Present' facebook page have been sharing memories and photographs of the ferry and life in the nearby streets. FFH has been given permission to collate their contributions for this website and you can download it HERE.
This picture by Francis Place, shows the confluence of the Ouse and Foss before New Walk and Blue Bridge were constructed, with St George's Field between them.
Castle Mills and the adjacent stone bridge can be seen up Brownie Dike, with the prison rising up behind.
Men on the west bank are pulling the ship up river
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