“Street furniture” is a modern expression beloved of town planners, and in today’s city centres might well refer to road signs, litter bins or the other paraphernalia of urban life.

That expression would have been many generations away when North Yorkshire’s own version of street furniture emerged – the market crosses and stalls that typify many communities.

Bedale’s market town status means both have been distinctive features through the centuries and this image from the last century shows a design of wooden stall which many will remember.

While the vehicles and the fashions may now be distinctly 21st century, the character and charm of Bedale remains rooted to its long history.

These archive images are among more than 6,500 historic views of North Yorkshire available at the County Record Office. Buy a copy or browse the collection.