Goodramgate has a funny name which some people say comes from King Guthrum (Guthrumgate is the older name of the street) who was defeated by King Arthur, or it was named after a local warrior. Others say it was named after a lady called Gudrun, and to me as Swedish, this makes sense since the street was laid in the 11th century late Viking times to connect two Roman gates and Gudrun is a very Scandinavian name and just adds to the many other in this part of England (where Arthurian legends are not common).
Built for the old church behind them, Lady Row from 1361 is the major sight in this street full of shops and pubs, and that is since not only is this row of houses lovely, it is also the oldest row of buildings in York. The upper and lower storeys of the building are different, with the upper part leaning out, a so called "jettied" house, which only adds to the medieval look. There are shops in the houses (in my days as a York citizen even a tea room) so you can see them inside but it's the outside that tells you most since you cannot see all the old features in the shop areas.
The church may look modest from the outside, compared to the Minster but inside was like walking back in time.
The architecture is that of the 13th and 14th centuries with woodwork and pews from the 17th and 18th centuries. These box pews fascinated me - I had not seen pews like this in any other churches. Indeed the church is a good example of how a church was arranged after the Reformation.
The York Minister is an amazing church but on our visit in May 2003 the discovery of Trinity Church was a real gem. Its not often open so it was a bonus too.
This delightful church was founded in the 12th century, has stained glass windows from the 15th century and box pews from the 18th century! It has remained unchanged for over 200 years and I found it fascinating.
I saw so many people walk past this row of houses without a second glance. Don't do that - this is the oldest surving row of houses in York - built about 1316 in the churchyard of Holy Trinity Church as a chantry.
They are a good example of overhanging eaves at the first floor level.
Goodramgate derives from the 12th century word Gutherungalte - an anglicised form of an old scandinavian name
The street gently curves towards the centre of the city from Monk Bar. The 14th century Lady's Row is in the centre of my photograph.
The beautiful stained glass over the altar in Trinity Church was a gift from John Walker, Rector. It is late perpendicular, dating from 1470-1480, which is a rare date in |York glass apparently.