Whip-ma-whop-ma-gate is the shortest street in York. The saxon words mean “neither one thing nor the other”.
In the 16th century, the name was 'Whitnourwhatnourgate,' but the present form emerged when the area became the site of the city where petty criminals were publicly flogged. It can be found at the end of Colliergate.
Fondest memory: ...but who's that fella??
...well he was kind enough to send me this pic because he knew my proper camera was broken when I visited York and the disposable camera I ended up using gave me pics only fit for the bin ;-( Thanks Steve!
The longest street name in York, and the shortest street. 35 meters long.
One web site I looked at explained that the name derives from what was originally a longer expression that had the meaning of "neither one thing nor the other." Oh.
It's essentially an intersection - where Fossgate becomes Colliergate, and St. Saviourgate and The Stonebow come together. (You really ought to get a map!)
That building right in front of the (often photographed) street sign is the St. Crux Parish Hall. I'm not sure who St. Crux was, but I did discover the main church was destroyed in 1887.
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