Elmfield College

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Photo:Added 31.3.17 (see comment below)

Added 31.3.17 (see comment below)


An ongoing research project

By John Bibby

I am researching a history of Elmfield College (York, 1860s-1930s) and would be delighted to hear regarding any of your ancestors who were associated with this college. (Please see the Wikipedia article, much of which I have written - but I have a lot more information besides.)

I'd be glad to hear from anyone with information or interested in Elmfield College in York. I'd particularly like to track down copies of 'The Elmfieldian'. I'm currently writing something based on letters sent home from the trenches by old boys during WW1 - is anybody else doing anything similar?

I'd also be interested to hear anything about the history of Primitive Methodism in York.

This page was added by John Bibby on 16/12/2012.
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I too am seeking 'Elmfieldians' - but only relating to the first war period (so covering say 1900-1919) as I am trying to build some kind of picture of the lads who went to war - for all three schools (inc Ashville & New Colleges) and did not return. This week, York Library tell me they have an August, 1917 copy! I'm too far away to go and digitally photograph it. But I will. Your fine Wiki site is most useful. Sadly Bill Booth's wealth of material - including 'Elmfieldians' presumably (as he quotes freely) - seems lost - to the Ashville archive anyway. They have nothing as I understand it. Good wishes, Nick J Ashville 64-70

By Nick Jackson
On 29/06/2013

Dear Sir, 

I have a few letters from Cephas Hartley, Claude La Chesnais - a young french student-, his mother and father. It is quite emotional. All these documents are from about 1911-1913.

Yours faithfully 

Post scriptum : how can I get your book on Elmfield?

On 30/03/2017

My father went to Elmfield and I have many photos of him and his schoolmates at Elmfield

By Roy
On 19/12/2017

Roy: Can you email me please at jb43@york.ac.uk. If your father went to Elmfield then I probably have his records!

By John Bibby
On 06/01/2018

My great-uncle John Fletcher Redhead, who has a page of this website devoted to him, went to Elmfield College in 1899. I have discovered two pages of an ancient family photo album are devoted to his stay there. One page has a date of 1905 on it and the other 1906. There are 3 views of the school and small head shot photos of him and his pals (I suspect they were cut out of a class photograph. They called themselves the "Fraternity". Included are one of a teacher and I suspect the headmaster or "Gaffer" as it says under the photo.

John Fletcher was killed in action in WW1 and was commemorated on the school war memorial unveiled in 1921. I only know this from a scan of the order of service for the unveiling I was able to download from a John Bibby website I found on-line. Does the war memorial still exist and/or are there any photos of it?

I have scanned "my" photo album and happy to share it. Also have some other photos of John Fletcher after he left Elmfield but, sadly, none in military uniform.

David Redhead 01646 650155 

By David Redhead
On 29/01/2018

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