New Book on York Delves into the Archives of The Press

New Book on York Delves into the Archives of The Press

Destinworld Publishing announces York Through the Lens of The Press, a new book title for Autumn 2022 which looks into the fascinating archives of The Press, York’s premier newspaper.

The Yorkshire Evening Press, known today simply as The Press, has been the beating heart of life in York since 1882.

Through the reporting of its journalists and the images captured by its photographers, The Press has witnessed thousands of stories, events and changes in the city.

Now, for the first time, these images – which are unavailable from any other source – are being published in this new book, which is a fascinating pictorial history of York.

This book is a unique compilation of around 350 photographs which have been published in the The Press (and before that The York Evening Press) over the last 80 or so years. Complied by author Paul Chrystal, captions accompany each of the photographs telling the story behind the picture and placing it in historical context.

Many of the images have not been seen since they were first published in the paper, and for that reason they provide the reader with an opportunity to indulge in some unashamed and untrammelled nostalgia, whatever their age. York Through the Lens… will be sought after by York residents past and present, local historians and anyone interested in the history of the city and, indeed, of England.

York resident Paul Chrystal is no stranger to the city, having written many books on the history of the region. With collaboration from staff at The Press, this fascinating collection of images and accompanying stories are sure to delight.

Released on 27 October, York Through the Lens of The Press is available from all good booksellers.

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Paul Chrystal is the author of around 120 books, many of which are on York and Yorkshire. He has written features on aspects of the history of food and drink for the Daily Express; his A History of Sweets was serialised in the Daily Mail in June 2021 and has appeared on the BBC World Service, Radio 4’s PM programme, talkRADIO and various local radio stations. Paul has also contributed to a six-part series for BBC2 ‘celebrating the history of some of Britain’s most iconic craft industries’ – in this case chocolate in York, which aired in 2019 and was part of the research team for a forthcoming episode of Who Do You Think You Are? He has been history advisor for various York tourist attractions. He is editor of the Yorkshire Archaeological Journal. In 2019 he was guest speaker for the Vassar College (New York) London Programme with Goldsmith University. 


The Press is a local, daily newspaper, for North and East Yorkshire. It is published in the City of York by Newsquest Media Group Ltd, a subsidiary of Gannett Company Inc.

The Yorkshire Evening Press was established in 1882. It changed from broadsheet to compact format in 2004 and shortly afterwards dropped “Yorkshire” from the title. Morning printing began on 24 April 2006, and the paper was given its present name.

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