Market Place in Malton appears remarkably unscathed by the passage of recent decades.

Even in an era when cars were a relative luxury, there were plenty of vehicles left parked in the area and the one-way arrow sign looks remarkably modern, though it looks to date from the 1960s.

The one-way street still exists, even if the sign has been replaced, surely making Malton one of the earlier exponents of that type of traffic management.

Elsewhere, the town’s comfortable charm is easily recognised in photographs that prove their age only through the presence of sash windows, cars which would now be fondly called classics and a sign for the York County Trustees Savings Bank.

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.