Ghost Tours Run Rampant in York
Like an ancient city, York has its share of ghost stories, but there must be at least 10 different guided "ghost" tours of York done each night. On the recommendation of our B&B hosts, we chose the Ghost Hunt, which is hosted by a theatrical but distinguished "Andy Dextrous." The stories are only half the fun, since the semi-interactive storytelling in atmospheric city streets is the real highlight.
Police on bikes.
Because York still has its Medieval street pattern, it's difficult for emergency vehicles to get through the crowded areas quickly. so there are police on mountain bikes, and paramedics too. They are exceptionally speedy...... the one in the picture was pedalling hell-for-leather back into town so we only caught the back of him as he whizzed by.Related to:
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The Clergy & The Law
Our second day in York we hurried back to York Minster to see what we had missed at this amazing cathedral and low and behold, it was closed to the public because of the local barristers and clergymen were taking their yearly walk, in full regalia - powdered wigs and regal robes - down the street to York Minster for special services. This is a 400-year-old tradition. Now isn't that special. Well we thought so and took too many pictures. No one seemed to know why this march was made each year. We were disappointed that we couldn't see more of this awesome cathedral.
Romans: Vikings Saxons & Normans
York has been around a while.
It was once second only to London.
Barley Hall is the place to learn & experience how the Saxons lived as it's a Medieval TownHouse.
The Hidden Secrets of York. Four Hidden Secrets pay full price for one & get into the other three for half price. Make sure you get the card!
Barley Hall: Eboracum Legion Bathhouse; Bar Museum York's front door, inside Monk Bar the RICHARD III Museum.Related to:
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Not so innocent street
Just off High Petergate is the little Grape Lane with handicraft shops and similar. Don't think this is a quaint old York name to do with historical wine drinking with Richard III. Nope, this is just an abbreviation of what was once called Grope a C**t Lane! Home of York's best known brothel...Related to:
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At least four times in its history York minster was party destroyed by fire. In 1984 there was another fire - caused by lightning - which destroyed the south of the minster.
Now when you light a candle in the cathedral you will find something very unusual: Fire Blankets!!
going for tea
I always thought the term " going for tea" meant to have 5 o' clock tea , but here it means to go for dinner ..there ya go !!
I was complaining that I was hungry and he said we were going for tea in a sec..like it helps on my hunger!
Recipe: Yorkshire spice loaf
Spice Cake was often baked at Christmas time, but has become an all-year-round favourite. This no-knead recipe is an easy way to recreate an old-fashioned and delicious yeast based cake.
350 g strong flour
1 beaten egg
250g currants or other dried fruit
25g mixed peel
2tsp dried yeast
200 ml milk (warmed)
1/2 tsp each of cinnamon, nutmeg and mixed spice
pinch of salt.
Whisk yeast and 1 tsp sugar into milk and leave for 15 min. until fermenting well. Sift together flour, spices and salt, then rub in butter. Stir in remaining sugar and dried fruit. Beat egg into yeast mix, and stir into flour mixture to make a soft dough.
Put into a greased and lined 900g loaf tin and leave in a warm place for 1 hour to rise, until almost at top of tin. Bake for 1hr 15 min. at 150 degrees Celsius.
Leave ten minutes before turning out of tin. When cold, slice and serve buttered.
Recipe: Yorkshire apple pudding
120g self-raising flour
1 beaten egg
300 ml. milk
1 sharp apple
50g lard or 2tbs vegetable oil
Put flour in bowl. Make well in centre and put in egg. Start beating, bringing in flour gradually, then slowly add milk. Peel and core apple, then grate into batter, and stir. Put fat into a 25x18 cm baking tray and place in a preheated oven at 220 degrees Celsius. When fat is hot, pour in batter quickly. Bake for 25-30 min. until browned and cooked through. Serve sprinkled with caster sugar, or with honey or golden syrup.
Recipe: Yorkshire teacakes
500g strong flour
40g lard or butter
140ml cold milk
140ml boiling water
2 tsp instant dried yeast
1 tsp salt
Mix flour, sugar, currants, yeast and salt. Pour water over fat and allow to melt, then mix in milk. Add to dry ingredients and mix well. Cover with damp cloth and leave to rise in a warm placce for about an hour, until doubled in size. Knead lightly, divide into six and shape into flattened rounds. Place on a greased baking tray and cover with a damp cloth. Leave to prove for another hour, or until doubled in size. Bake for 10-15 min. at 220 degr. celsius.
Recipe: Yorkshire Parkin
Oats grow better than wheat in the north of England. and oatmeal is an essential part of parkin, the traditional northern form of gingerbread. This is a modern, lighter recipe, which includes more wheat flour.
225g self-raising flour
225g light soft brown sugar
110g golden syrup
150 ml milk
Mix dry ingredients. Melt margarine, sugar, treacle and syrup together, then mix into dry ingredients. Beat eggs with milk and beat in.
Pour into greased and lined 25x18 cm tin. Bake for 1 hr at 170 degr. Celsius. It will still be soft and will sink in the center. Do not overbake. Keep 2-3 days before eating.
Recipe: Elderflower champagne
Elderflower champagne was very popular dring the 1920s-30s. A very refreshing summer drink.
Put 5 litres cold water in a food container. Add 5 elderflower heads, 1 sliced lemon, 500g granulated sugar and 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar. Choose the sweetest scented flowerheads.
Cover and leave to stand for 24 hours, then strain through muslin and bottle.
Use high pressure screw top or beer bottles (the small 250ml beer bottles are not suitable).
Store at room temperature for 2 weeks. Chill well before drinking. It will keep for about six months.
Recipe: Yorkshire gingerbread
225g self rasing flour
110g golden syrup
110g dark soft brown sugar
1 tsp bicarbonated soda
1.5 tsp ginger
Grease and line an 18 cm round cake tin. Gently melt butter, syrup and sugar toeghter in a saucepan. Sift dry ingredients into a bowl, then beat in contents of the saucepan, followed by beaten egg.
Pour quickly into the tin and bak at 170 degr. Celsius for 50 min. or until firm in centre. The cake will sink in centre as it cools. Keeps well.
The electricity supply voltage is 230V. Equipment rated at 220V may function, but it is advisable to check with the manufacturer before using it in the UK. The standard plug in the UK is a three flat pin model.
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