Stonegate used to be the Via Praetoria of Roman York and leads up to York Minster (it was called stone gate as it was along this road that the stone used to build the Minster were brought) It is one of the most attractive streets in York and has some great Shops and features.
On my first day in York, during our VT meeting, Colin (Britannia2) presented Stonegate to me as one of Yorks prettiest and most busiest streets. I must say that it is both - very pretty and with many nice shops and interesting buildings, but also very busy. You can see a number of great half-timbered houses and other historical buildings, and it all has a kind of picture book look to it. On the other hand, I must admit that during certain times of the day (around noon and afternoon) it was so crowded that I did not really enjoy it.
Stonegate follows the route of the Roman Via Praetoria, once the main thoroughfare of the city. It was called Stonegate in the Middle Ages because this is the street along which the stones were brought to the building site of the Minster.
Eboracum was a fort and city in Roman Britain. The settlement evolved into York.
We had an interesting excursion around Roman remains.
You will also find the statue of Constantine the Great outside York Minster. He came to Eboracum and in 306 became the second Emperor to die there.
Substantial remains of the headquarters building of the Roman legionary fortress were discovered under the Minster, and they are open to the public. A re-erected Roman column from the headquarters now stands on nearby Deangate.
Other sites of excavated remains include:
Roman bath, located under the Roman Bath pub in St Sampson's Square, Roman temple, near the foot of Lendal Bridge, the site of a Roman bridge over the River Ouse, remains of the Roman city walls can be seen between Monk Bar and the Merchant Taylors' Hall, and a more substantial section can be seen between Museum Gardens and the Central Library, together with the late Roman Multangular Tower outside the city walls are the remains of substantial Roman cemeteries.
You can watch my 6 min 20 sec Video York part 2 out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.
Stonegate is well known for its red devil, it is built over a Roman road. It leads from High Petergate to Lendal street and so via museum street to the railway station and the National railway museum.
Stonegate is one of York oldest streets going back the 12th Century with its Medieval and Georgian buildings. Stonegate hosts small independent shops including the Teddy bear shop and tea rooms where we had a coffee. There is a lot of interesting historic pubs, cafes, tea rooms including Betty's, and various restaurants.
There are a lot of historic delights to note on Stonegate whilst one wanders. Look out for the Old Starr inn, which claims to be the oldest pub in York and going back to Henry VII and the Tudor Era! There is also Barley Hall nearby, which I hope to visit on another trip to York, an attraction which a visitor steps back daily life at least 500 years ago.
I noticed an interesting statue, Minerva-Goddess of Wisdom, on the High Petergate and Minstere Gates intersection walls. In the Roman days this was the main road intersection (Via Pretoria) of Roman York that led to the Roman military headquarters. The statue reminded the days when the the street was a bookbinders and booksellers paradise!
Stonegate is one of York's oldest medieval streets and stretches from Low Petergate to Lendal Street. The street was original built over a Roman road. Today, the street is very lively and a perfect place to shop as it is populated with various kind of shops as bookshops, giftshops or clothing stores. There are also restaurants and pubs if one wants to take a break to eat or drink.