Sunday, 31 August 2008

St Cuthbert's Church - Peaseholme Green

The large tree to the left has undergone drastic surgery and been cut back dramatically, compare with this photo taken 7 July 2007.

Saturday, 30 August 2008

St. Anthony's Hall - Quilt Museum

Little changes seem to be occuring to this building, note the Q in the upper storey on the right hand end of the building. The Quilt Museum has moved in and is now open for business, it opened 7 June 2008 and I often see people going in. Inside the building is interesting and well worth the entry fee even if you don't take the quilts into consideration, which you should of course because that is what the museum is all about!

Friday, 29 August 2008

Stonebow Building Works - Former Russels Garage

Building work on the former Russelss/Hunters garage site. It is next to the ugly Stonebow House building, hope it turns out a bit more attractive!

Thursday, 28 August 2008

Hungate Marketing Suite

Not much activity going on here at the Hungate development area with the credit crunch. I understand most of the building work has come to a halt as there are so few takers for the aprtments that are being built. The city council have even backed out of the planned monstrosity that they were going to put next to Black Swan Inn, supposedly because of objections from English Heritage, but it does seem a coincidence that the announcement was shortly after the building works around had slowed down.

Wednesday, 27 August 2008

Strange headless beasty

This strange looking headless beasty caught my eye this afternoon as I looked up at the blue sky (rare occurence with al the rain we have been having lately). The building is the Manpower building in Pavement.

Tuesday, 26 August 2008

Italian Market - Bread Stall 2

That bread stall really did have some tempting looking wares.

Monday, 25 August 2008

Italian Market - Bread Stall

A tempting stall with interesting bread at the Italian Market.

Sunday, 24 August 2008

Karaoke Opera

To go with the Italian theme of the market this young lady was singing opera songs with musical accompaniement from the boom box on the table.

Saturday, 23 August 2008

Italian Market in Parliament Street

Back to posting everyday; I have been working on my loft room, having opened up a void area I have been insulating it and building some cupboards and have not had time to go out and take photographs.

This is the latest in the York Special Markets this week is the Italian Market. More to follow over the next few days.

Wednesday, 20 August 2008

Robin Hood Tower

Robin Hood tower on the York City Walls is not an original feature. It was added in Victorian times and is a Victorian interpretation of what a good mediaeval tower should look like. You get to the tower from Monk Bar or Bootham Bar. From the tower is a superb view of York Minster.

Stonework Repairs St. Thomas Church Lowther Street

One of the problems with old buildings is that they need maintaining. Stone buildings have suffered in particular from the acidification of rainfall during the years before smoke free zones and everybody had a coal fire which increased levels of sulphur dioxide in the atmosphere. The sulphur dioxide would dissolve in the moisture in the air producing a dilute solution of sulphurous and sulphuric acids. This had a particularly corrosive effect on limestone leaving it pock marked and eroded. This is St. Thomas church in Lowther street shouded up for repairs to stonework.

Saturday, 16 August 2008

White House - Clifton

A few years ago this building had become really run down looking. Nowadays it is looking really smart with the blue woodwork contrasting well with the white paint of the walls.

Friday, 15 August 2008

Clifton Methodist Church

York seems to have a large number of Methodist Churches and chapels, this one is in Clifton between the Burton Stone inn and Clifton Bingo but on the opposite side of the road.

Thursday, 14 August 2008

Pedal Powered Names

This seems to be a fairly popular attraction these days, at least half a dozen people queuing. Select a multicoloured piece of ply, draw your name on it and then get it cut out by a pedal powered jig saw for a unique crafted nameplate.

Wednesday, 13 August 2008

Good Way to Prevent Graffiti

Just to one side of the Clifton Bingo are these rather tastful hand pictures that seem to be an excellent way of beating the graffiti menace!

Tuesday, 12 August 2008

Clifton Bingo

I can just about remeber when this used to be a cinema, it seemed to specialise in horror pictures before it closed and became a bingo hall.

Monday, 11 August 2008

Dutch Style House - Clifton

For my friend Chun See in Singapore, trees getting in the way of photgraphing a building so I have taken view from left and right sides of the tree that stands in front of this Dutch stykle house in Clifton.

Sunday, 10 August 2008

Flower Tubs and York Minster

The city council are putting a lot of effort with flower displays around the city. Just a shame that over the road from this point the council offices in St. Leonards have been left to deteriorate and become shabby in a most criminal and neglecful way.

Saturday, 9 August 2008

Cooplands and Molton Brown - Daveygate

Probably as much symettry here as yesterdays picture as there is no chimney stack but the effect is spoiled when you get down to the ground level and the two shop fronts Cooplands and Molton Brown differ.

Friday, 8 August 2008

Posting for 08:08 on 08/08/08 - Hobbs in Daveygate

As the date and time has a certain symettry here is a building with stacks of symettry as long as you ignore the chimney stack!

Thursday, 7 August 2008

City Art

The City Art Gallery and The National Portrait Gallery have got to gether to place waterproof reproductions of works of art around the city. This one is located in Daveygate in what was the churchyard of St. Helen's church.

Wednesday, 6 August 2008

Burton Stone

The Burton Stone Public House stands at the junction of Burton Stone Lane and Clifton. It takes the name from the stone that stands at the corner of the pub. The stone was used during the time of the Black Death plague and has hollows chipped out of the stone. The holes were filled with vinegar into which city dwellers would drop money and food would be left by farmers in the area by the stone. Burton was the name of a family living nearby. This stone is the only one left of four that existed around the city at the time of the plague. The stone is displayed just outside the corner of the pub where the group of women can be seen walking by.

Tuesday, 5 August 2008

Lords of Misrule - Richard III

You often bump into unusually attired people in York centre, these young ladies were handing out leaflets for the Lords of Misrule production Richard III. The leaflet describes the play as a black comedy, might prove interesting. Shown below is the handbill they were handing out.

Monday, 4 August 2008

Buskers in St. Helen's Square

There is generally a very high standard of entertainment from buskers in York. These two were no exception to this playing some very interesting jazz trumpet numbers despite the drizzly rain.

Sunday, 3 August 2008

Continental Market Parliament Street

From time to time there is a Continental Market held in Parliament Street with stalls offering all manner of items continental like Greek and Spanish food, German Beer, Indian Curry to name but a few. A sdhower of rain was keeping these plants healthy. For details of the various specialist and event markets see the City of York Council website.

Saturday, 2 August 2008

Fossgate Army and Navy Store

This is a wonderful store which still has an old fashioned atmosphere to it with a floor that slopes downhill. It is a great place to shop for walking and camping gear with friendly and helpful staff, I much prefer it to Black's or Millets with their ultra modern layouts.

Friday, 1 August 2008

The Shambles

Early morning in the Shambles looking up towards the junction of Little Shambles in the mid ground going off to the left.