The quaint ‘shop window’ display at Kirkbymoorside’s Black Swan may have succumbed to time, but like much of the town, it remains instantly identifiable today.

The date of the historic photograph is unclear, but the size of the sign suggests Harry Moss was a proud landlord.

While the building has clearly had a lick of paint – very probably more than one – the outline of where the off-shot building by the front porch once stood remains as part of the fabric of the building.

It is a familiar story elsewhere in Kirkbymoorside, where many buildings and street scenes today are dripping with the history that helps to give the town its character.

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.