However, once the regeneration began, a community bloomed, and hubs that remain joined the growing residents. On and around Scarcroft Road are churches, including the grade II listed St Clements and the Southlands Methodist, schools such as the imposing stature of Scarcroft Primary, and social clubs like South Bank.
The area now has a true community vibe. It’s doing well enough for itself to have all the niceties you like, but not so as to force exclusivity or remove diversity. On the east side the street joins up to Bishopthorpe Road, a thriving buzz of life that is known for the inclusive atmosphere it has nurtured.
Here there are a clutch of great cafes, with The Pig and Pastry and Robinson’s being the pick, and independent shops abound, from The Bishy Weigh plastic-free food store to bike workshop Cycle Heaven at The Angel, which itself is an appealing little bar. Further down, York’s South Bank provides Knavesmire Butchers, Fred’s Home Bakers, and more marvellous makers. To the north west, Scarcroft Road meets the city centre, and all the bustle that brings.
Unsurprisingly, these attractive surroundings makes Scarcroft Road a desirable place to live and to visit, and there are b&b‘s and guest houses aplenty. And it’s outdoor origins are still evident too, as gorgeous green spaces exist, with Scarcroft Allotments, Rowntree Park, Ovington Cricket Club and even York Racecourse all within a brisk walk.
This changing piece of York, like much of the city, has preserved its past, and its heritage is helping it continue to thrive through the modern day and long into the future.