Presenting The Crimlisk Fisher Archive

Access to the Crimlisk Fisher Archive - an A2A Project

The Crimlisk Fisher Archive holds historical records of the town from 1571 onwards and is supported by the Filey Town Council.  The main groups represented are: Filey Local Board, Filey Urban District Council, Photographs of Filey and surrounding areas from the mid  19th Century to the present day; Parish Magazines from the late 19th Century, 20th and 21st Centuries; Maps and plans from the late 18th Century onwards; guides to the town of Filey; Records from the many organisations in the town and many other interesting documents.

A few years ago the Filey Town Council facilitated for the archive to purchase a computer and begin digitising the records it holds.  More recently the council agreed to the archive submitting a bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund for a grant to catalogue the records in digital form which would be suitable for entering on the Access to Archives website.  This project has now begun and will last for twelve months.  It is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund , Filey Town Council and the A2A Central Team.

The main advantage for the user is accessibility, by the end of 2004 the catalogue of the Crimlisk Fisher Archive should be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week throughout the year.  By sitting at a computer at home. in the office or library you will be able to study the Crimlisk Fisher Archive catalogue.

Who is Crimlisk Fisher?

John Crimlisk was a Filey shopkeeper and local historian who with his wife Masie did a lot of research on the history of Filey and left his papers with the Filey Town Council.

Walter Fisher was a 19th Century professional photographer whose collection of photographs was passed down to his grandson Fred Fisher,  Fred was also a keen historian who left his collection to the local authority with the proviso that the collection should remain in Filey and be available to the public.

Their contribution was recognised by naming the archive after them when it was formed in 1993.

The current Archive Supervisor can be contacted by telephone, e-mail or in writing.

Where is Crimlisk Fisher?

It can be found in the Filey Town Council Offices in Queen Street

When is it open?

It is normally open Wednesday and Friday mornings from 10.30 am to 12 noon.

Who can visit it?

Anyone with an interest in Filey.  It does not matter whether you are a serious researcher or not.  On your first visit identification should be brought and everyone is required to sign the visitors book on each visit.


Crimlisk Fisher Archive, Council Offices, 52A Queen Street, FILEY, North Yorkshire,YO14 9HE,
Tel 01723 514498

Collecting Policy

The current Archive Supervisor would be pleased to receive any records (documents, photographs or copies etc.) on a permanent gift basis to the archive-relating history of Filey.  these will be added to the Crimlisk Fisher collection where they will be protected from loss and damage for future generations to enjoy.