City - Miscellaneous, York
This clock, should you see it, has a statue of an admiral on top of it. This statue was designed to follow the sun but, according to Dave, it hasn't worked for a few years. Having spent the majority of our first two weeks with umbrellas in hand, I could totally relate to the admiral's problem.
Caroline Stuttle, just in her 20th year of life, was murdered. It hit home a little more to me perhaps because she was murdered in Australia, Bundaberg to be precise, while seeking the pleasures of life in a far off country. Probably killed by a transient drug addict seeking money. How tragic.
Yes, well we know all that. Around the city on your tour you will see references to the Roman presence on plaques such as you see here.
At times you have to use your imagination more than a little with the original Roman street now almost overpowered and swamped by "modern" architecture but, at other times some of the presence is clear to see.
What's not immediately clear is just how significant their presence was. No fewer than five rulers made it to York and, surprisingly to me at least, one died here and another was proclaimed emperor here.
The famous travelling Hadrian was the first but Septimus Serverus had to come across the channel to quell the insurgency from up north. Thinking he had settled the matter he then repaired to York but the northern tribes opened up again and, the toll on his health was such that Serverus died here.
Caracalla and Constantius put in an appearance before one of the greatest, appropriately named Constantine the Great and ultimately responsible for the Holy Roman Empire, was proclaimed emperor in this very town.
If you're looking for a slightly different experience, this is a place I can recommend. If you've been overwhelmed by the overkill splendour of the Minster then this is about as opposite as it can get.
Holy Trinity is located just off Goodramgate, in the north of old York. This quiet church is primarily 15th century but most of the exterior dates from the 17th and 18th centuries. The interior is simple (as shown in pic 2), verging on plain, but is notable for its irregular 17th century box pews, and some fine medieval stained glass.
You might also note while inside a channel carved from the quoir to the altar. This is so the conductor could see and take his cue from the priest.
The churchyard is a lovely oasis, where locals sit and eat their lunches in peace, just yards from busy shoppers in Goodramgate.
This colourful character really earned his quid. I was fascinated by these entertainers. They completely paint themselves and their clothes, shape their accessories and stand completely still! Remarkable how they can transform themselves into a real like statue.
They obviously go to great lengths with their costumes and can be quite deceiving!
I'd hate to see what happens in a downpour though.
Apart from all the things to see, York has also a very nice atmosphere. Many, bars, restaurants and shops (including lots of giftshops of course) embedded in the historical setting of the inner city create the perfect place for a relaxed afternoon. Bring your camera here as well, since every street seems to be worth another picture. In one of the narrow streets, you can find the “Shambles”, very old houses, leaning dangerously towards you when you are in front of them.
Just walk and explore - the city centre (inside the walls) is small and easily explored on foot.
Walk on the city walls
Don't miss the Minster! (including the undercroft and the climb up the tower!)
Visit all of the other York attractions that I haven't mentioned in detail yet! A brief list of these would be:
The Multangular Tower at the entrance to The Museum Gardens off Museum Street.
The Castle Museum off Tower Street, near Cliffords Tower.
Dick Turpin's grave (St. Georges Churchyard) Leadmill Lane/George Street.
Guildhall & Mansion House off Coney Street/Lendal, at St. Helens Square (both shown on pictures elsewhere on this page).
Treasurer's House Minster Yard.
Twelfth Century House off Stonegate, the oldest house in York.
Theatre Royal St. Leonards Place. Restored & revitalised, if you can't get to a show, visit the cafe or restaurant.
The National Railway Museum Leeman Road (fairly near the railway station), very interesting, especially to those fascinated by railways and to children.
Located in York near York Minster, is a 8m high Roman column which was found under the Minster tower in 1967-72. This column was originally one of 16 supporting the roof of the Basilica.
As you know, York is old, so it was no surpise to find a pretty arched bridge over the River Foss. Foss Bridge was built between 1811-1812 and has some fine stone balusters.
Yes, there is a Red Indian in York, he is a wooden sculpture, dressed in a kilt and head-dress made out of Tobacco leave's.
He sits' atop a Tobacconist shop in York.
This delightful little square with a view of the Minster was previously a graveyard. Today it's home to tourists, shoppers and street entertainers.
Look at old buildings and shopping. I found items on some of the small streets I couldnt find anywhere else, worth looking in most places :)
Prowl the streets of the Old Town. You never know what you'll find around the next corner -- like the carriage below, for example. (See travelogues for more details.)