Saturday, 31 May 2014

Bike Park

Where do you leave your bike if you live in a terraced house? This cyclist has fixed a sturdy chain to the front wall of the house to use as a bike park.

Friday, 30 May 2014

Corner House #2

Another example of a corner shop conversion to a house. Nice brickwork detail above the old doorway.

Thursday, 29 May 2014

Corner House

This corner shop has been converted to a house although some traces of is original construction still remain.

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Corner Shop

Before supermarkets were thought of many of the terraced streets had corner shops, one on each corner, selling all the daily necessities. Most of the shops have now been converted to housing or to specialist shops like these.

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

The Old Corner Shop

The name of this house reflects its past use as a corner shop. Come back tomorrow to find out more.

Monday, 26 May 2014

Kings Square

Until earlier this year Kings Square was covered in cobblestones, however the council decided it was looking shabby and cluttered. Over the last few months it has been repaved and re-modelled to make it look bigger. Many people liked the cobbles and campaigned to have them remain. For my money they should have re-sited that black litter bin somewhere less obtrusive.

Sunday, 25 May 2014

Busy Street

A busy morning on Monkgate for walkers and cyclists and good weather for sightseers on the open topped bus.

Saturday, 24 May 2014

River View

Lots of shades of green alongside the River Foss this weekend.

Friday, 23 May 2014


The street name Hungate was probably Hundgate (street where dogs were kept) in Viking times. Located close to the river this area became notorious for cheap housing and was described as a slum by Seebohm Rowntree at the beginning of the 20th century. Now covered in apartments it is considered a desirable location.

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Village Pump

This is the village pump near the green in Upper Poppleton, no longer in use it is kept as a reminder of when the village green was the focus of daily village activities.

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Lone Flower

Not much in the way of soil but plenty of flowers on this lone plant by the riverside.

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Red Tower

A view through the trees of The Red Tower, the only brick building in the city walls. Built in 1490 the walls of this defensive tower are four feet thick. The choice of building material caused animosity between the guilds, and in 1491 two stonemasons were accused of the murder of bricklayer John Patrick.

Monday, 19 May 2014

Churches and Pubs

Two types of building that are plentiful in York are Churches and Public Houses. The Brigadier Gerard pub and Monkgate Methodists are close by one another.

Sunday, 18 May 2014

Long Marston

This is the tower and lynch gate of All Saints Church in Long Marston. The battle of Marston Moor was fought near here in 1644 where Oliver Cromwell's army defeated the royalist Prince Rupert.

Saturday, 17 May 2014


Sunshine, birdsong and horses, a peaceful rural scene.

Friday, 16 May 2014


This is the maypole on The Green in Upper Poppleton, a village on the outskirts of the city. Shame it wasn't in use on the day I visited

Thursday, 15 May 2014


Underneath yesterdays chestnut tree is a small garden and village pump. The inscription on the stone reads as follows:

The paths of this millennium garden represent the 
runways and this stone the control tower at
Rufforth airfield where Halifax aircraft
were based during the second world war

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Chestnut Tree

This fine example of a chestnut tree is spreading it's branches over a small memorial garden, as well as an old red phone box.

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Quite a Change!

This unusually worded gravestone caught my eye in a local village churchyard. Changed a Mortal for an Immortal life implies a degree of choice not usually associated with death!

Monday, 12 May 2014

Green Shoots

Lots of new growth coming through in the fields and hedges.

Sunday, 11 May 2014

Saturday Morning....

...stroll into the city along a ginnel and under the railway bridge.

Friday, 9 May 2014

Lantern Tower

Behind the red brick is the lantern tower of All Saints' Church on Pavement. One of 8 churches noted in Doomesday, a local story has St Cuthbert consecrated Bishop of Lindisfarne in this church in 685AD. The tower was built in the early 15th century and the lantern is still lit from dusk to dawn

Thursday, 8 May 2014

Old Rectory

A late 17th century Rectory on Victor Street in York. In the late 1800s a portion of this building was converted into a shop and a carriageway passage knocked through. perhaps an early 'drive through'!

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Abbey trees

These trees behind the ruins of St Mary's Abbey look at their best just now.

Tuesday, 6 May 2014


Lots of eggs are hatching around here at present. Hopefully none are producing baby dragons! This youngster can be found close by York Minster.

Monday, 5 May 2014


The small yellow padlock plus the sunlight on the foliage caught my eye on this derelict building. 

Sunday, 4 May 2014


This pretty much sums up the Bank Holiday experience so far, it has been very wet underfoot and everywhere is muddy!

Saturday, 3 May 2014


A collection of spring flowers from the local woods including Primroses and Dandelions.

Friday, 2 May 2014


Nettles and Bluebells side by side in this patch of woodland just now.

Thursday, 1 May 2014

St Sampson's Square

These Morris Dancers are shaking their bells and clashing their sticks in St Sampson's Square.  An annual treat for lovers of Traditional Dancing.
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