Saturday, April 30, 2011

The Bay Horse, Marygate

The Bay Horse, Marygate, is the pub that York almost lost, as a click on the link will reveal. The building dates from the 1890s, and but for a dip in the housing market a few years ago, may have ended up as flats. It is situated a few paces from Museum Gardens and the River Ouse, just off the main tourist track. 

Friday, April 29, 2011

Puzzling Museum Gardens

The lush spring foliage almost hides the façade of The Yorkshire Museum at this point. The comprehensive museum and gardens website is well worth the visit.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Centenary Chapel 2

A slightly more distant view of York cemetery's Centenary Chapel shown a few days ago. On this occasion, the chapel was the venue for Ebor Ruggers who were showing off their work during Open Studio week. 

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Railway reflections?

A surprising find the the National Railway Museum warehouse is this beautiful model boat. The warehouse is an Aladdin's cave of railway memorabilia, including a display cabinet of chamber pots and handbells for those who might be interested. 

Monday, April 25, 2011

Gray's Court garden

Between the city walls and the Minster, these gardens belong to Gray's Court café and restaurant, worth a visit for the house alone. Follow the labels for earlier posts.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Albatross and Red Boat

on the River Ouse in York, between Ouse and Skeldergate bridges. 

Thursday, April 21, 2011

More blossom

… opposite the railway station. This picture is a few weeks old; the daffodils look pretty dreary at the moment, and will soon be gone.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

More blossom

… in York cemetery. 

Monday, April 18, 2011

Bar Convent

The Bar Convent is situated on the corner of Blossom Street and Nunnery Lane, just outside Micklegate Bar, whence its name. It is the oldest living convent in England and today comprises accommodation for up to 30 in 18 guest bedrooms, meeting rooms, a museum and a  café in a Grade I listed Georgian building. 

Behind these buildings is All Saints' RC Secondary School. 

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Micklegate within with …

tell-tale TO LET signs on the pretty timber-framed building seen in yesterday's post. Several Micklegate businesses have closed or relocated recently (see labels); let's hope the economy picks up soon.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Micklegate within without

That's within the walls but without traffic or any other clutter. See tomorrow for Micklegate with … what?

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Lady in Red 10

The tourist season is picking up and the River Ouse is getting busy. An alternative to taking a  guided tour is to hire a small 8-seater self-drive Red Boat.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Centenary Chapel

… in York cemetery. An enlargement might reveal that the windows are trapezoid, slightly narrower at the top than at the bottom. 

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Walmgate Bar, Gatehouse Coffee

… showing the rather cramped counter area. Follow Walmgate Bar and Gatehouse Coffee to see where it is. 

Monday, April 11, 2011

More magnificent magnolia

… once again in York cemetery, looking over to Cemetery Road.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Between bridges

Looking from Ouse to Skeldergate Bridge. 

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Walmgate Bar, Gatehouse Coffee

Walmgate Bar viewed from within the walls, showing the later extension. This must be the site of the quaintest café in York, Gatehouse Coffee. Run by Calvary Baptist Chapel, it is open to all and serves high quality coffee and snacks at very reasonable prices.

Friday, April 8, 2011

White on white

The Centenary Chapel seen through magnolia in York Cemetery. 

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Blake Head, Bleak House 2

Recently re-posted here, this is how it looks today. Sad, n'est-ce pas?

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Micklegate bookshop

A close-up might reveal some of the very collectable titles. So far, this business has survived the recession.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Passé composé

The French House on Micklegate, seen here in its former glory, shown above after closure. I like way the owners have used packing cases to convey the message.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Ebor Ruggers

Displaying in York cemetery's Centenary Chapel during the Open Studio event. 

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Clifford's Tower 5

We've seen it in snow and in sun; now through magnolia. Follow the labels for other views.

Saturday, April 2, 2011


or almost, as there are gaps in the walls, and strangely there are very few daffodils planted below the Nunnery Lane section of the fortifications. The 2010 photograph above was taken near Walmgate Bar  on the east of York, whilst the one below, taken today, looks towards Micklegate Bar  on the south.

Friday, April 1, 2011

These books are made for …

walking? I used to read walking home from school, with the occasional bump into a lamp-post. This mobile library is parked outside York art gallery. It's a great service for outlying communities and in York, at least, has survived the cuts.

Green steam at NRM

FRANK GALBRAITH is an 0-4-0 steam locomotive with a vertical boiler and high speed cylinder action with chain drive to the wheels. This shunting locomotive built in 1957 at the Sentinel Wagon Works in Shrewsbury for Teesside Bridge & Engineering Co. could be operated by a single man acting as both driver and fireman and this 4WTG design was listed as Teesside No 5.

If you like steam engines, go here to Doc Brown's site from whence I took the above information.