Sunday, 29 May 2011
At the end of Goodramgate, you come to this staircase leading up into Monk Bar, the strongest medieval defense tower along the city walls. The Richard III Museum is at the top of the steps, housed in the tower, and from here you can also walk the walls to Bootham Bar.
Friday, 27 May 2011
It was weird weather in York yesterday, warm but sporadically rainy and very grey. I had to go in to town to the bank, and walked past the entrance to another of York's snickelways, Lady Peckett's yard, on my way. I nipped down it to take this photo, and stayed there for a few moments looking around and feeling like I was back in time. The grey weather contributed to the atmosphere. (I would however have dearly loved to have moved those bins in the background, out of the photo, but they were too big and heavy, with no where else for them to go!)
This snickelway was once called Bacusgail (1312) or Bakehouse Lane. but was later renamed after the wife of a former Lord Mayor of York.
There's a mini food festival on in York at the moment. The Autumn Harvest Mushrooms stall in particular caught my eye because of the wide variety of mushrooms on offer there, both fresh and dried. They're based in South Yorkshire, and can often be found at farmers' markets across the county.
Saturday, 21 May 2011
The photo of the benches I posted yesterday overlooks this public garden, which is off Peasholme Green opposite the Black Swan pub. The building in the foreground on the right is the School House Gallery which exhibits contemporary ceramics, and behind it is the Quilt Museum and Gallery. The garden was recently redesigned by the York Conservation Trust.
Friday, 20 May 2011
Can any Yorkies out there guess where these benches are? They're pretty hidden away and off the beaten track. A photo of the view they overlook is coming up tomorrow.
That's part of York's medieval city walls in the background, with the luxury of a railing to make people walking around it feel safer. Not all parts have railings, but I think those bits are mainly where there's a grassy landing on the other side!
Thursday, 19 May 2011
This is one of York's snickelways, called Penny Lane, which I nipped through today taking a short cut across the town centre. I love the medieval brick on the left, and the wavy line of the Victorian wall on the right.
Having just looked Penny Lane up in Mark W Jones' Snickelways of York book, I've found out there are supposed to be hub-height indentations in the walls made by the wheels of hand carts people once used to wheel through here. I can't see any on my photo, so will have to go back for another look!