Cars and fashion are often tell-tale signs dating historic photographs and these images of Stokesley are not without clues about their age.

But each shows an indicator of a society many would aspire to see returned.

While both clearly date from the era of the motor car, it is obvious that engine-powered transport was far from dominating the roads, as it eventually would.

This allowed children to play safely in the streets, as seen here.

Cycle lanes, seen by some as a modern necessity on traffic congested roads, were obviously unnecessary when the whole carriageway was available for riders to make unimpeded progress.

Stokesley may have retained the charm it had when these photographs were taken, but like all communities has been unable to avoid the rise of private transport.

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.