Friday, 29 February 2008

Three Legged Mare - High Petergate

Looking into High Petergate from the corner by the Minster the curiously named "Three Legged Mare" pub run by York Brewery is the building more or less on the central vertical line of the photograph with slightly arched windows. The curious name does not relate to that broken down nag you backed in 3:30 race but is a reference to a type of gallows. Just to the right of it on the wall on the right hand side of the road is the sign for the "York Arms" displaying the coat of arms for York.

Thursday, 28 February 2008

Minster School

This building next to the Minster stoneyard used to be the York College for Girls but was taken over by the Minster School who also have a smaller building over the road. Boys attending the school were for many years very conspicuous by the red caps that they wore. Not sure if they still wear red caps, I haven't noticed lately. At one time the Minster School was always referred to as the Minster Song School but song seems to have dropped out of the title, if it was ever really there.

Wednesday, 27 February 2008

Golden Lion - Church Street

The Golden Lion in Church Street is an old pub in the city centre. For a few years it was known as the "1900" when the name was changed to mark the city celebrating 1900 years as a city. I have never understood the need for brewery marketing people to change names of pubs. I suppose one of the worst examples in the York area was changing the name of "The Hop Grove" in an area also known locally by the same name to "The Stockton On Forest" a village about a mile and half away (3km). There was a great deal of protest about that and eventually the owners saw sense and the name has now been restored to the "Hop Grove".

Tuesday, 26 February 2008

Ornamentation - Lendal Bridge

Lendal bridge over the River Ouse in York is loaded with symbols, starting with five lions en passant representing the city, the entwined V and A representing Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, VR for Victoria Regina with the white rose of Yorkshire above it and the crossed keys of the clergy.

Monday, 25 February 2008

Black Swan Inn - Peaseholme Green

I do enjoy timbered buildings. The Black Swan is an old Inn with a curious interior. It is thought that although General Wolfe did not live here he was probably conceived here whilst his parents were staying in the Inn. Nowadays the pub provides a good venue for various musical events including a folk night on Thursdays and also Jazz nights.

Sunday, 24 February 2008

York Wheel

I couldn't resist this framing of the York Wheel viewed from the walls looking over the railway station.

Saturday, 23 February 2008

Bile Beans - Lord Mayor's Walk

Here is another view of the Bile Beans wall from ground level rather than viewed from the walls as in an earlier blog. The building is situated on Lord Mayor's Walk just round the corner from Monk Bar.

Friday, 22 February 2008

Micklgate - Timber Frame Terrace

This gem of a terrace with timber framing can be found in Micklegate just next to the Holy Trinity church before the junction of Priory Street.

Thursday, 21 February 2008

Oscar's Wine Bar - Little Stonegate

After a couple of days of hoary frost painting everything white, just a little reminder of sunnier summer days with these hanging baskets of pelargoniums outside Oscar's Wine Bar in Little Stonegate.

Wednesday, 20 February 2008

Holy Trinity - Goodramgate

My last post on Holy Trinity in Goodramgate was in October This is a view of the church from the opposite end with an alternative view inside.

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Monday, 18 February 2008

Behind Fossgate - Closer to the bridge

This is from the same area as yesterday's photo but viewed from the end of the brick terracing beside the River Foss by the telephone exchange but closer to the bridge. The white building on the right is the Blue Bucycle restaurant.

Sunday, 17 February 2008

Behind Fossgate

This tranquil little haven is situated behind Fossgate next to the River Foss to one side of the telephone exchange.

Saturday, 16 February 2008

Castle Museum and Law Courts from Wetherspoons

This view of the Castle Museum and Law Courts is directly across the River Foss from Wetherspoons in Piccadily. In the shadows to the right of the small building in the foreground is a waterwheel powering the flor mill which leads to the name Castle Mills Bridge which crosses the River Foss to the left of the picture.

Friday, 15 February 2008

View Up the River Foss

This is the view up the River Foss towards the second most ugly building in York, the Rydale House in Piccadily

Thursday, 14 February 2008

Castle Mills Bridge and Lock

Castle Mills Lock can just be seen under Castle Mills Bridge viewwed from the edge of the River Foss next to Wetherspoons in Piccadily.

Wednesday, 13 February 2008

Castle Museum and Law Courts

This view is from the Foss Navigation Castle Mills Lock looking towards York Castle Museum and the law courts.

Tuesday, 12 February 2008

Foss Navigation Castle Mills Lock

Much of the Foss Navigation is now silted up, nowadays it is not possible to go much further upstream than the Rowntree Wharf Flats building shown a few days ago in this blog. In background on the right is the second ugliest building in York, Ryedale House in Piccadily.

Saturday, 9 February 2008

Central Fire Station - Clifford Street

There is talk of the central fire station closing down and moving out of town. The station is said to be no longer fit for purpose despite a costly revamp about eight years ago. I suspect there has been interference from accountants here and the only reason the station is not fit for purpose is because of the monetary value of the city centre site.

Friday, 8 February 2008

Rowntree Wharf Flats

These flats were expensive conversion of a warehouse that was used by Rowntree's to store raw materials. Before use as a warehouse it had been used as a flour mill with grain being delivered along the River Foss in barges.

Thursday, 7 February 2008

Treasurer's House

Treasurer's House is administered by the National Trust. This is a view from the front garden of the house. The house has a lot of history linked with York Minster and is well worth a visit.

Wednesday, 6 February 2008

Monk Bar

Just round the corner from Ogleforth is the magnificent Monk Bar. Just to confuse everday English speakers in York the gates into the city are known as bars and the word gate incorporated into a street name derives from the Norse for street. Monk Bar stands at the end of Goodramgate which translates as the Street of Goodrun. I have heard it called Good-Ram-Gate by an American Tourist with a distinct pause between each word!

Tuesday, 5 February 2008

Ogleforth - The Dutch House

This little architectural gem is about to be swamped by a block of flats. Granting of planning permission for the block by the council is considered an act of wanton disregard of the historic feel of Ogleforth. The Dutch house is on the front left of this view along Ogleforth from Goodramgate.

Monday, 4 February 2008

More Ogleforth - Cromwell House

Ogleforth is a short street but it is full of interesting buildings. Cromwell House used to be the home of "The York Archaelogical Trust. York Archaeological Trust has moved to 47 Aldwark

Sunday, 3 February 2008


Time to continue round the corner from Chapter House Street after having returned from SE Asia and recovered from my illness I have found the enthusiasm to continue this blog.

Continuing along the cobbled street you turn the corner from Chapter House Street into the strangely named street Ogleforth. I have heard of two possible origins of the street name. One is that it is Scandinavian in origing and means "the ford haunted by an owl" the other that it derives from somebody named "Ugel". Whatever the origin Ogleforth is an interesting street and well worth having a look at. It is also the home of York Archaeological Trust.