Boroughbridge: Then And Now

Boroughbridge and the surrounding villages have a rich history dating back thousands of years – and now one local man is trying to get people talking about it…

Facebook has many uses, but John Clarkson of Boroughbridge has opted to use the social networking site to bring the community together. No mean feat, we’re sure you’ll agree, but by setting up a page that allows the community to share their pictures and videos of times gone by he’s certainly off to a good start.

The plan is to make sure the page is regularly updated with interesting content.

The ‘Boroughbridge – Then And Now’ Facebook page (which you can find by heading to is about celebrating the history of this beautiful part of North Yorkshire and John wants the page to celebrate the community spirit, the architecture, monuments and, of course, the people that lived and worked in the area.

The plan is to make sure the page is regularly updated with interesting content (some of the old photos of the area already collected can be seen on this very page) but to get the desired result it’s going to take more people to get involved so he would really like to hear from other locals who have pictures and stories to share. If you would like to share any photos, videos/films or other interesting material, which could aid in bringing alive the past and create a talking point for the community, then please get in touch with him and hopefully, over time, a page will be built that could be a very useful and valuable resource for anyone with an interest in the history of the area.

The main focus of the page is the history of Boroughbridge, Aldborough, Langthorpe, Roecliffe and Minskip. However, if you have something to share from a little further a field then John would be more than happy to take a look. You can either email copies of your reference material to or simply upload them directly to the Facebook page.

So please help us spread the word. Invite your friends, neighbours, work colleagues and anyone else you know who has lived in the area to come and join in the reminiscing. If nothing else, please head on over and give the page a Like – anyone attempting to educate, entertain and keep local history alive deserves the support.

If you do plan to contribute then please only submit photos/films and other materials that are of good quality and have the required permission from the copyright holders – also please include any acknowledgements, source information or appropriate licensing wording.