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Market Place Market Place
Note the new building in the photo on the corner.
Regent Street Regent Street
Note the 'Old Red Lion Hotel'
Chapmangate Chapmangate
Note the independent chapel built in 1807 to the left.
Hills / Masseys Garage - George Street
William Francis Hill (Billy) in 1921 was living at no.2 Chapmangate and was described as a car proprietor and assessor of Income Tax. He had a shop on the corner of Chapmangate and George Street (the present day Chemists), where he sold Bicycles, and called his shop a Cycle Emporium. In 1926, he operated a bus service on a licence to York on a direct route, on Market Days. His bus service, just like dozens more of the period had a nickname, his was "The Flying Bedstead". The bus service suffered competition from Everinghams, so he decided on starting a garage in George Street which lasted there until 1947, when after a sale, it became Masseys Garage. In the 1960's it was demolished, and a supermarket was built.

Hills Garage George Street

Yorkshire Post Jan 1947
Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer - Saturday 18 January 1947
Image © Johnston Press plc.
Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.
Image reproduced with kind permission of http://www.thebritishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/
Remnant of the Garage
A remnant of the Garage can be seen in the wall detail
of the house brickwork
Cycle Emporium
Billy Hill's Cycle Emporium on the Corner of
Chapmangate and George Street
Masseys Garage
Later it became Masseys Garage
Thanks to Denis Moor for this photograph

If you wish to add to the story of Billy Hill, or correct any of the above information, then please contact me.
(Thanks to Ian Gibbs for some of the information on this page.)