In the Margins of History: The Hungate Neighbourhood of York, 1530-1930

Author(s): Peter A. Connelly; Jayne Rimmer

Year: 2013


The Hungate Excavation and Research Project, a £3 million, 2 hectare developer-funded investigation carried out by York Archaeological Trust between 2006 and 2011, has provided a unique opportunity to recover and examine a geographically marginal and socially disadvantaged urban neighbourhood, uncovering nearly 2,000 years of history and archaeology of an evolving community on the fringes of urban society and intellectual enquiry.


This paper traces the social and economic development of Hungate from the Dissolution to the 1930s, when the area was condemned under slum clearance. It explores how the conditions of this area of York – its proximity to the River Foss, its position on relatively low-lying, marshy ground - has shaped its social and industrial character over time. The topographical setting and physical character of Hungate were significant factors in the concentration of poverty within this area of the city across the long term.

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In the Margins of History: The Hungate Neighbourhood of York, 1530-1930. Peter A. Connelly, Jayne Rimmer. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Leicester, England, U.K. 2013 ( tDAR id: 428523)


neighbourhood Poverty Urban

Geographic Keywords
United Kingdom Western Europe

Temporal Keywords

Spatial Coverage

min long: -8.158; min lat: 49.955 ; max long: 1.749; max lat: 60.722 ;

Individual & Institutional Roles

Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 429