Whip Ma Whop Ma Gate, York

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  • At whipmawhopmagate
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    by barryg23
  • A history of the street
    A history of the street
    by barryg23
  • Whip Ma Whop Ma Gate
    by Carmela71

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    York's longest street name but shortest street

    by barryg23 Updated Feb 18, 2006

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    What a great name for a street. I wish more streets had great names like Whipmawhopmagate - it's rather more interesting than Castle St. or High St. Only 32 metres long, It's very easy to miss this street, which starts at the end of Colliergate and ends at the junction of Pavement and Stonebow.

    Despite the plaque on the wall claiming the street name derieves from "What a street", Historians are divided over the true origin of the name. Some believe the "What a street" derivation, others believe it is related to the annual (in medieval times) Whip Dog Day, while another group believe the public whipping post on nearby Pavement may have been the inspiration.

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    the shortest street with the longest name

    by Carmela71 Updated Sep 13, 2002

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    One of the most interesting places i was willing to visit was this street, the shortest streeet with the longest name.

    Other visits are: Yorkshire Museum, Clifford’s Tower, The Shambles - one of the best preserved medieval streets in Europe , the Fairfax house one of the best historic monuments in England, the Jorvik viking center, where you will see how viking life was really like, Merchant Adventures hall and the National Railway Museum, where they tell you the history of the train

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