The village has seen phenomenal growth over the last 100 years or so. This archive image was taken in 1906. Just five years earlier, the village’s population had been recorded at 155. The last census taken for the village, in 2011, put the modern population at 3,528!
Once again though, the layout of the streetscape remains very familiar. The side of the old school building (1795) can be seen jutting out from the right-hand side. It was replaced in 1911 by the school on Church Road, and the building is now in use as a hair salon.
That’s the end of the trail! Why not visit Stamford Bridge Library to find out more about the village? Re-trace steps, turn left when you reach the side road (Church Road). Turn left again and follow the path past the church, as it bears right through a set of bungalows.
Turn right when you reach the road and continue up to the playing fields. The library is on your right.
Looking down towards The Square, you can see how nowadays it has become quite heavily commercialised for a village centre, mostly owed to the fact that it has become a highly popular stopping point for the traffic passing along the A166 between York and Bridlington.
Back in 1900, when our archive image was taken, it was quite a different picture, although the buildings and street layout remain almost identical, making it very easy to make a visual comparison of past with present here.
In comparing past with present at this location, you can’t fail to notice that the main difference between the archive image of 1913 and the present day, is that nowadays this area is overwhelmingly dominated by motor vehicles passing through the village.
A far more tranquil scene greets us in 1913, and to the left of the image can be seen the Corn Mill, which is a late 18th to early 19th century Grade II listed water mill. It closed in 1964, and was converted to a restaurant in 1967. However, it has since been converted into modern apartment premises.
(Our trail begins on the pedestrian bridge, adjacent to the stone bridge, overlooking The New Inn and car park. Use ‘View on map’ from the trail’s homepage to reach point ‘1’ and the start of the trail).
As you stand, overlooking the peaceful scene of the River Derwent, it’s hard to imagine that the Battle of Stamford Bridge took place at a crossing somewhere along this river on 14th October 1066. There is still some debate as to whether a settlement existed here at the time, although it’s known that the Roman village of ‘Derventio’ (70AD) was located about 1 mile south of here. The stone bridge behind you dates from 1727.
By the time our archive photograph was taken in 1910, the river was used for water mills, and ten years later it would see the introduction of pleasure craft, which are still popular to this day.