Saturday, January 30, 2010
Friday, January 29, 2010
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
The library is closed for refurbishment but the church has had its day, at least as a place of worship. The stone ruin looks good against the more recent brick. Behind these two buildings is Museum Gardens which is more park than garden, and a lovely spot for summer lunchtimes.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Monday, January 25, 2010
Constantine sits outside of York Minster in all weathers, but doesn't feel a thing. Did he really feel anything about his new faith? He was declared emperor of Rome while in York, but had battles to fight before he secured his throne.
The debate over the genuineness of his conversion to Christianity still rages. What is sure is that his mother, Helen, was a devout follower of Jesus Christ. One of York's churches is dedicated to her, and gives its name to the square where it is situated.
Saturday, January 23, 2010
The missing words in the title are and apparently, because nothing lasts for ever, and this building is only 111 years old. Originally the York Dispensary, it now houses a firm of solicitors and looks over to yesterday's Red House. The detail is impressive: even PATIENTS' ENTRANCE is carved in stone. York Minster is 200 yards to the left.
Friday, January 22, 2010
Wet and grey here today, so a nice splash of face-on red to cheer things up. The full name of the shop is The Red House Antique Centre, though in their home page picture it looks rather pink. It's worth a look for the angle and to situate the shop in relation to the Minster.
The Red House, Duncombe Place, was built in 1700 for the Lord Mayor of York. Many dealers sell from this prestigious location; the Minster is only 200 yards to the right, or to the left as you come out of the building. The trees are, of course, seasonal.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
… but not so early as to wake up the neighbours.
The NCEM is housed in the medieval St Margaret's Church within the city walls, just off Walmgate. The home page gives you the view above without the snow and yesterday's modern town houses are back up the short lane, on the opposite side of the road.
Once again, the use of contrasting building materials is very satisfying. I particularly like the tower, with its dressed stone angles.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
A relatively new Scandinavian-influenced build on Walmgate, though I could be wrong about the inspiration. I like the blue against the brickwork, the boarding and the relief provided by the hanging bays and recessed upper levels. Can't see a gate? See the earlier post, Where bars are gates and gates are streets.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
York is a cycling city, and this symbolic work of art is to be found where the Foss Island and Derwent Valley cycle path meets Hallfield Road. This track allows me to get to work in 10 minutes when I'm training in York itself.
Brits of the Thatcher generation will recognise the title as a quotation of Norman Tebbit's advice to the unemployed in the 80s. What he actually said, according to wikipedia, can be read here.
This is my first picture away from the city centre, though we are only a few hundred yards from the walls at Jewbury. There are still some flats available for purchase in this new build.
Monday, January 18, 2010
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Friday, January 15, 2010
The Treasurer's House, just behind York Minster, is a National Trust property. Built over a Roman road, it has the reputation of being haunted, not by a solitary spectre, but by a marching legion. It was restored in the early 20th century by industrialist Frank Green to include rooms in a variety of periodic styles, and today the Great Hall is a wonderful venue for weddings.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Well, not so fast, as we are still in the National Railway Museum. Yes, I know, the original song is Freight Train; I have an Elisabeth Cotton recording.
Years ago, many students worked for the Post Office over Christmas, and one winter I was assigned to the late shift at Durham Railway Station to load and unload mail from one of these trains. I remember it being a cold, windy location. This is only one of the many wonderful exhibits at the world's biggest railway museum.
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Not quite what I wanted in terms of perspective, but here we are inside the National Railway Museum, the world's biggest of its kind. There are some monsters of a bygone age here. It's a great place to visit, and like all national museums now, it is free.
There is a research area with free wifi, a decent self-service restaurant where you can eat surrounded by engines and carriages, the usual souvenir and bookshop with something for all budgets and a separate Thomas the Tank Engine shop. It also makes a great venue for conferences, parties and wedding receptions.
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
What a fabulous city this is, boasting Europe's largest Gothic cathedral and the world's biggest railway museum, to say nothing of the Yorkie Bar (and that's neither a gate nor a pub)! This is part of the children's playground at the National Railway Museum. An engine tomorrow, perhaps?
The "Wot!" in the title refers to the Chad character, whose first utterance was allegedy, "Wot! No eggs?"
I returned to the National Railway Museum today, 15th January 2010, to find that the helter skelter had gone.
Monday, January 11, 2010
Saturday, January 9, 2010
We've finally made it to York's second river, the Foss, which runs into the Ouse on the southern edge of the town. The waterfowl were particularly obliging here, geese in the foreground and I'm not sure what in the distance.
This is taken from Foss Bridge, on Fossgate. Gate, you will remember from yesterday, comes from the Norse word for street. The word gaggle refers to a indeterminate number of geese not in flight, whilst skein is used when they are in the air. Not many people know that: I didn't.
Friday, January 8, 2010
This is Walmgate Bar (12th -14th century) leading out onto the Hull Road. It is the only bar with its barbican, or fortified outer gateway, still standing. The words gate and bar have retained their Norse meanings, as indicated in the title. If you really can't wait to see the other fortified entrances to the city, go here. There has been a lot more snow since this picture was taken a couple of days ago.
Thursday, January 7, 2010
What's in a name? Yesterday, Whitby Daily Photo featured Arguments Yard, named after its builder, but the history of this York snickelway is rather more macabre: Mad Alice Smith was hanged at the castle in 1823 for poisoning her husband.
The word snickelway is the brilliant invention of local author, Mark W Jones, who used it in the title of his very popular and frequently republished book, A Walk Around the Snickelways of York. There are about 50 of them within the walls alone, best visited on a guided tour.
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
I did think of going to York's other river, the Foss, but could not resist these snow people seen yesterday outside St William's College. Go here to see how close this is to the Minster, and to view the courtyard. It is a popular, romantic wedding reception venue; perhaps one these guys has just popped the question. For more on romance in York, see this.
I had to roll in the snow for this back of the head shot and managed to resist the temptation to reposition the facial features. What if the artists had been watching from a nearby window!
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
It's time we moved on from Lendal Bridge as it's getting a bit cold standing around in the same spot. Before we go elsewhere, perhaps to the Foss, York's smaller river, let's take another look at the round tower we saw a few days ago. It looks more interesting from the back, don't you think? I'll find out what it used for, but for the moment, enjoy the snow; it doesn't usually stay around this long.
Monday, January 4, 2010
Sunday, January 3, 2010
Saturday, January 2, 2010
Still on Lendal Bridge on the Ouse, looking south-west away from the town centre. I presume this round tower was part of the defenses; the square tower on the opposite bank is up for sale! Look in tomorrow if you're in the market for a piece of medieval real estate.
Friday, January 1, 2010
To wish you all the best for 2010, here is a full-on picture of the bigger of York's two rivers, the Ouse (pronounced "ooze"). This is from Lendal Bridge, on the way to the railway station. In the distance, more or less to the west, is the rail bridge bearing the main London to Edinburgh line.