Crusties and Crostis

Inside York's treasure house. Picture: Bit about Britain online.

Those of us living in York might be familiar with Treasurer’s House, a National Trust property near the Minster. Treasurer’s House is very old, in parts, but was extensively remodelled and filled with an eclectic mix of antiques by its owner, Frank Green, in the 1890’s. What’s this got to do with railways? You might well ask. Well, Frank’s wealth came mostly from his ancestors who invented the ‘economiser’, a means of pre-heating water for steam boilers. Hundreds of these ‘gadgets’ were built at their factory near Wakefield, mainly for factories in the UK and around the world.