Views of York (5), Yorkshire Location map
 
  View of Shambles, York, North Yorkshire, England   York.

Shambles, at the junction with Little Shambles, looking south towards Pavement.

The street is mentioned in the Domesday Book, so we know that it has been in continuous existence for at least 900 years although the oldest of the current buildings date from the 14th century. The name "Shambles" comes from the Saxon '"Fleshammels" meaning, literally, 'flesh-shelves or "the street of the butchers".

As recently as 1872 there were twenty-five butchers' shops in the street but now there are none.

 

 

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  Photograph of Swinegate, York, North Yorkshire, England   York.

There seem to be a lot of places to eat in Swinegate, another of York's cobbled narrow streets, so we thought the name to be rather apt. Swinegate runs between the junction of a narrow alleyway called 'Coffee Yard' and Grape Lane to the junction with Church Street and Patrick Pool.

 

 

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  Photograph of Stonegate, York, North Yorkshire, Great Britain   York.

Stonegate, one of York's oldest streets, lies on the course of a roman road. It is first mentioned in records from 1118. The signboard fixed across the street advertises York's oldest inn, Ye Olde Starre Inn, first licensed in 1644.

 

 

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  Photograph of High Petergate, York, North Yorkshire, Great Britain   York.

High Petergate with Bootham Bar showing at the far end. Named after the Cathedral of St Peter (The Minster), this thoroughfare was first established by the Romans when they built their fortress in the 1st century. At that time it was called Via Principalis and was the main east-west route through the fortress. There were gates at either end of the street Porta Dextra ( where Bootham Bar is today) and Porta Sinistra (where Kings Square is today). Today the street is divided into High Petergate and Low Petergate.

High Petergate runs from Boothham Bar gateway to the junction with Stonegate.

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  Photograph of Low Petergate, York, North Yorkshire, Great Britain   York.

Low Petergate, looking towards High Petergate, with the two towers on the West Front of the Minster showing over the buildings at the far end.

 

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