Whip-Ma-Whop-Ma-Gate., York

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    Whip-Ma-Whop-Ma-Gate

    by ettiewyn Written Oct 9, 2012

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    Whip-Ma-Whop-Ma-Gate is probably York's most famous street and this is because it is the shortest street of them all. There are apparently several theories about how the name developed, the most probably being that it was named "Whitnourwhatnourgate" and then developed its present name because it became the place of the town's whipping pillory. It certainly makes a good spot to be photographed :-)

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    Mini-street, maxi-name.

    by Landotravel Updated May 31, 2012
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    Here's one of those funny details becoming famous only due to its absurd: the smallest of York's streets has the longest name of all: whip-ma-whop-ma-gate. It means something like "nor one thing not the reverse one".

    It's at the vey center of the city at the back of small St. Crux church.

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    WHIP-MA-WHOP-MA STREET

    by balhannah Written Jan 31, 2012

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    What a mouthful to say!

    This is the smallest street in York and has the longest name.

    The current length of raised pavement between St Crux church hall and a road junction is it!

    A local custom of whipping small yelping dogs called Whappets was observed in this area in medival times, I wonder if these are the modern day "Whippet?"
    Another theory is, the city's whipping post and stocks were here in the middle ages, which may be why it was named.

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    by Balam Written Oct 12, 2010

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    Yorks shortest street probably has the longest (and certainly strangest name) The city's whipping post and stocks were sited here in the middle ages and apparently there is still a law that you can tie your wife to the whipping post and whip her if she is drunk, the post has long gone but maybe the nearby lampost would do?

    The plaque on the nearby church wall states that the name derives from Whitnourwhatnourgate which was said to mean "What a street!" but it has now been thought to mean "neither one thing, nor the other" from Anglo-Saxon.
    It's more modern spelling probably derives from it's whipping past?

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    Whip-ma-Whop-ma-Gate

    by Sjalen Written Sep 10, 2006

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    "Oh what a long street" is supposedly the name of York's shortest street near the end of the Shambles. No, there's nothing to see here apart from people waiting for buses and minding their business, but the street name is just so unusual, it has become a sight in itself. A bit like people going to Llanfair P.G. in Wales for the sake of a name.

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    A short note

    by iandsmith Updated Dec 26, 2005

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    A plaque, a short street, nothing more

    The shortest street in York was known as 'Whitnourwhatnourgate' during the sixteenth century but took its present name when it became the location of a pillory and whipping cart where the city's petty criminals were publicly flogged.
    Though some tout it as the shortest street in Great Britain it hasn't quite made that yet and the name is supposed to have meant "What a street".

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    A long name for a short street

    by londonlover Written Jul 8, 2004

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    Take a deep breath... :)

    Whipmawhopmagate...our walking tour guide told us that you a car can usually drive down the entire street faster than you can spell out its name! Nothing spectacular here, but it's a prime photo op, after all! :)

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  • A strange street name

    by sabsi Updated Jun 9, 2003

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    What a street!

    In the 16th century this street - the shortest of York apparently - was called "Whitnourwhatnourgate". Then in this area the city pillory was erected and petty criminals were publicly flogged here. The name of the street was changed to "Whip-Ma-Whop-Ma-Gate". Fortunately these days the pillory is gone but the funny street name stayed!

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    Whip-Ma-Whop-Ma-Gate.

    by margaretvn Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Whip-Ma-Whop-Ma-Gate is the littlest street in the city and it has the longest name. The name comes from the Saxon times and means “neither one thing nor the other”.It is found near Fossgate and Piccadilly.

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