Sunday, 12 April 2009

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Black and white timbered frontage of Supasave in Fossgate, it is one of those bargain price shops for household goods. The shop is long and narrow and runs through from Fossgate to Stonebow where there is a back entrance at the top of Black Horse Passage.

Saturday, 11 April 2009

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Fossgate is another of York's interesting streets with an eclectic mix ranging from mediaeval through Victorian to art deco and 1960s facades.

Tuesday, 7 April 2009

Lift up your eyes 20

Con tinuing yesterdays theme of curves, this solicitors office on the corner of St. Saviourgate and the junction of Colliergate and Whip Ma Whop Ma Gate has a curved end. I am not sure if the curves date back to the days of horse and cart and tight junctions where the curve helped the passage of the horse and cart around the corner. Notice how the curve of the wall is also reflected in the curve of the step into the doorway of the building.

Monday, 6 April 2009

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Although a relatively plain building relying on patterning by offsetting the edge bricks what makes the Anti Gravity shopin Colliergate interesting for me is the bay window which stands out beautifully against the plain brickwork. I am sure that the curved glass would cost an arm and a leg to replace if it were ever to be broken.

Sunday, 5 April 2009

Lift Up Your Eyes 18

Petergate is another area of the city where it is worthwhile lifting your eyes from the ground level to look at the stories above ground level. Featured in this picture is the shop with the delicious smell; The Fudge Kitchen.

Friday, 3 April 2009

Lift up your eyes 17

This junction of Stonegate with Petergate always strikes me as a one with pleasant proportions. Notice how nothing is perfectly straight and fits around the shape of the timber. Maybe modern day builders have something to learn from the aesthetics of these buildings. There is a band around the pilar in the foreground which reads ANNO DO 1646.

Thursday, 2 April 2009

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Like one of the buildings a few doors away in Stonegate the base of the bay window on this building is in need of some attention. A chunk of plaster is missing from the left hand curve under the window.

Wednesday, 1 April 2009

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Well what can I say, Stonegate really is a street of superlatives. Next door to yesterdays little gem is yet another. Wonderful tiling, an exquisite bay window with well executed carved balcony above it. The only detraction is the small area of damage under the bay which is in need of replastering.