Monday, March 1, 2010

York passageway

or snickelway, to use the word coined by local author Mark W Jones. Follow the label or the link if you would like to know more about the origin of the word. This is the alley which links Bedern (Anglo-Saxon for house of prayer) to Goodramgate. The angle of the stone wall is not a photographic fault: it really does lean like that. 

For some macabre history try this YouTube link. If you don't have six minutes for the video, but are still curious, go here for tales of the Industrial Ragged School in the world's most haunted city.


  1. Of course I had to follow the links. I love the word snickelway! But ghosts?? Eek. The leaning wall is fascinating too. The stone and brick in this snickelway look so old!

  2. Very effective photo, James. The texture is compelling. Like the yellow stripes in the cobblestone. Gotta keep all that traffic in bounds.