Saturday, 28 February 2009

WP Browns Daveygate St Sampsons Square Corner

I don't know when Browns lost the WP from in front of the name but I still think of it as WP Brown. Somehow the WP made it sound so much less common Browns. One has to ask is it Browns plural or the lazy modern possesive where the apostrophe has been missed out?

Friday, 27 February 2009

St. Sampson's Square

As I walked past St. Sampson's Square I realised that with the leaves off the trees that the central tower of York Minster was visible.

Thursday, 26 February 2009

New Building on Former Garage Site

The building next to Stonebow House is now nearing completion, paving stones have now been nealy laid and presumably work will continue inside. The building stands on the land that was occupied by the Russels/Hunters garage in Stonebow.

Wednesday, 25 February 2009

St. Helen's Church

I had hoped to be back in action action again on Monday but I think I wore myself out at the Singapore Schools Reunion o.n Saturday, but I did enjoy myself. I notic eRuby hasn't posted for a week as well so the daily photos have been missing. I dragged myself out of the house this morning and went into town to look for things to photograph and came across some speakers mounted outside St. Helen's church and lots of posters around the door. There was a message issuing forth from the speakers.

A closer look at the sandwich board revealed that Archbishop John Sentamu was leading prayers through the day.

Thursday, 19 February 2009

A small intermission

OK folks, head out to get your tubs of ice cream and take that toilet break as there will now be a short break of a few more days. I have run out of photographs and will not be going out to take any for a day or two. I have had severe pain with gall stones on the move and have not felt like doing anything for days now. The pain is subsiding now and I have managed to cut out the painkillers so I am not quite so dozy now (that's a relative statement anyway!) and hope to be posting photos again by Monday.

Friday, 13 February 2009

Burton Agnes Church 0f St Martin

St.Martin's church built in the 13th century stands next to Burton Agnes Hall and can be seen here from the lawns of the hall.

Entrance to the church is through an avenue of carefully trimmed Yew trees which form a shaded walkway to the church.

Thursday, 12 February 2009

Burton Agnes Snowdrops 2009

I am making a small digression away from York into East Yorkshire to Burton Agnes Hall. You can just make out patches of ice in the gravel leading up the driveway of Burton Agnes Hall. The red bus at the topof the driveway is where money for entry to the snaowdrops was being collected.

I had the feeling that another week was needed for the flowers to be more open but they did make a nice contrast against the rusty brown of the Beech trees.

Here you can see our Chinese visitors photgraphing me photgraphing them as we walked through the woodland.

This is probably the best patch of snowdrops towards the end of the path through the woods.

Wednesday, 11 February 2009

As you walk alongside the Coppergate Centre beside the River Foss there is a Caroline's Rainbow Foundation memorial stone to Caroline Stuttle. Caroline was murdered in Bundaberg, Australia whilst backpacking. Caroline's Rainbow Foundation was set up by her mother to provide help and advice to young people going on backpacking trips around the world.

Tuesday, 10 February 2009

York Brewery - Toft Green

From small beginnings York Brewery in Toft Green has built itself up into a strong business with well respected beers. It has grown to the point where it has become attractive to a larger business and has now been bought out by a Lancashire brewer who plans to keep the York business more or less untouched. Look out for the York Brewery houses in York - The Last Drop, The Three Legged Mare and The Yorkshire Terrier.

Monday, 9 February 2009

Holy Trinity Micklegate In Winter Sun

As I was passing Holy Trinity it struck me that with the leaves off the trees for winter it was possible to get a view of the building without the leaves obliterating the view. I caught this photo just as the sun was about to go down behind the tower.

Sunday, 8 February 2009

Woodwork, Jacob's Well

You just have to admire the woodworking skills used on th construction of this porch at the door of Jacob's Well in Trinity Lane. The new replacements stand out a bit but will surely weather and blend in over the coming years. The building dates back to the 15th century and is one of my favourite little gems in this part of town next to Holy Trinity Micklegate.

Saturday, 7 February 2009

Baile Hill entrance to walls

Baile Hill is the earth mound behind the tower and dates back to 1068 when it was constructed as a second fortification after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The defence was a typical Motte and Bailey construction like the site where Clifford's Tower now stands on the other side of the River Ouse. Nobody knows which mound was constructed first although it is generally thought that the one on the eastern side of the river was built first.

Friday, 6 February 2009

Bonding Warehouse

Does anyone know what is happening to the Bondage Whorehouse (sorry Bonding Warehouse)? It was a thriving pub and restaurant at one time but seemed to go downhill rapidly a few years ago and never recover. Window frames seem to have been knocked out makigthe building look like a toothless monste.

Thursday, 5 February 2009

St. Georges Field

As usual in York whilst everywhere around us was snowed in, the little bit of snow in York very quickly melted away. Wonder if the next lotforecast for later today will go as quickly?

Wednesday, 4 February 2009

Fishergate Postern

Strange how in the UK we do not eat horse any more. I enjoyed horse whilst I was working in Switzerland and do have to admit that it is something I miss! So what does eating horses have to do with Fishergate Postern? Well, during excavations the remains of three horses were found that had been dumped there by a fellmonger (horse butcher). The tower built between 1504-07 replaced an earlier tower called the Talkan Tower. A small posterngate next to the tower was known as "posternam iuxta Skarletpit", meaning the posterngate next to the scarlet pit perhaps reflecting the dumping of horse butchery parts.

Tuesday, 3 February 2009

Quilt Museum Garden Progress January 2009

Apologies for the lack of postings recently, I have been a little unwell and did not feel like getting off my rear end to go and take photos.

Each time I pass the Quilt Garden a little more work has been done, much progress seems to have been made recently and Iget the feeling that only the small bed by the wall at the entrance is left for completion which should be sometime soon. It will be interesting to see how it progresses through the flowering season this year.