Saturday, 17 November 2007

Chapter House Street

Chapter House Street is just wide enough for one vehicle on it's cobblestones. In the background is the central tower of York Minster with scaffolding for repairs at the southern end of the building.

There will be no posts of this blog for the next month as I shall be in somewhere in SE Asia.

Thursday, 15 November 2007

Multangular Tower - Museum Gardens

The multangular tower in the Museum Gardens is of Roman origin and is ten sided. In roman times it would have had a roof on it and evidence suggests that there were three levels to the tower and that it was nine metres high. Only six metres of the remaining masonry is Roman.

Wednesday, 14 November 2007

Gas Storage Tank - Layerthorpe

We have been hearing rumours for the last five years that this gas tank is going to be dismantled so I thought I had better record it just in case it does eventually get dismantled and removed. The area where the old gas works that was used to convert coal into towns gas used to be next to it and has now been built on with a block of offices and a block of flats nearing completion. Behind the wall is the track of the old railway line which used to run to the Rowntree factory. The track has been removed and a tarmac cycle and pedestrian track created.

Tuesday, 13 November 2007

Betty's Cafe - St. Helen's Square

The famous Betty's Cafe on the corner of St. Heln's Square and Daveygate. It was a well known venue for Air Force crews in the area during WWII. One relic from that time is a mirror with aircrew signatures scratched into the glass. The Cafe is owned nowadays by Taylor's of Harrogate, the tea company. There is also a Betty's Cafe in Harrogate.

Monday, 12 November 2007

Autumn Colours

Just a little reminder of the autumn colours a couple of weeks ago looking along the walls near the railway station towards York Minster.

Sunday, 11 November 2007

Another Newey Clock - Coney Street

This is the Little Admiral clock at St. Martin Le Grand church in Coney Street. It was restored by Geoff Newey in the 1960s after being badly damaged in a German air raid during WWII.

Saturday, 10 November 2007

Newey Clock - George Hudson Street

Newy, are wel known clock makers in York and there are several examples around the city. Geoff Newey a descendant of the founder is still looking after clocks today.

Friday, 9 November 2007

The Ackhorne Pub - St. Martins Lane

The Ackhorne , pronounced Acorn, has an entrance from the narrowest part of St. Martins Lane. It has a good range of real ales and a visit is well worth the detour from Micklegate.

Wednesday, 7 November 2007

Cobblestones - St. Martins Lane

St Martin's Lane, one of the few remaining cobblestoned roads in York leads off from one of the other cobblestone sections on the uphill slope of Micklegate. The lane's name is derived from the church on the left.

Tuesday, 6 November 2007

Jacob's Well - Trinity Lane

This small timbered building in Trinity Lane just off Micklegate is part of Holy Trinity church. Drop in on a wednesday morning for a coffee.

Monday, 5 November 2007

Holy Trinity Church - Micklegate

Holy Trinity in Micklegate is probably one of the most difficult churches in York to photograph as it is surrounded by trees. This is the entrance door which makes a pleasing shot. One of the best views of Holy Trininty is probably from the city walls by the Railway Station.

Saturday, 3 November 2007

Cholera Graveyard - Near Rail Station

This is the old Cholera Graveyard near York Railway Station viewed from the city walls. In the background through the trees is the Royal York Hotel that stands next to the Railway Station.

Friday, 2 November 2007

Micklegate Bar

Micklegate bar was the main entrance into the city from the west. In former times the road approaching it was the A64 but since the southern by pass was built the by pass became the A64. Inside the bar wall is the street known as Micklegate. In York, gate indicates a street name and bar indicates a gateway, a little confusing at first but you soon get used to it. Micklegate is probably most (in)famous for the number of public houses on the street and the notorious Micklegate Run, a challenge to have a drink in every drinking place along the street unfortunately has led to unsavoury scenes during weekend evenings.

Thursday, 1 November 2007

York Minster from Holy Trininty - Goodramgate

There are views of York Minster all over the city, some are more interesting views than others. This view is from Holy Trininity in Goodramgate just at the point where Hornpot Lane enters the churchyard.

Visit the Holy Trinity - Goodramgate website at