Bricks and mortar may come and go, but it is difficult to change the appearance of a river, as these images from Tadcaster demonstrate.

The first shows a weir on the River Wharf with buildings on the riverside believed to have been photographed in the 1950s.

While they appeared well kept in that image, the same site today looks quite different – albeit for the presence of the river and the distinctive curve to the weir.

A reminder, if one were needed, that the Wharfe has been a constant in the many centuries of the town’s development.

This image is one of more than 6,500 historic views of North Yorkshire available at the County Record Office. Buy a copy or browse the Record Office collection.