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Sweet view, The Shambles, York, England

Sweet view, The Shambles, York, England
Shambles (also known as 'The Shambles') is a bustling centre piece of historic York. The street today is one of the UK's most visited and has become a wealth of shopping, tourist attractions, restaurants and many other things to see and do, including tours, ghost walks and historic talks. If you want to know York, you need to know Shambles.

The way that fifteenth century buildings lean into the middle of the cobbled street means that the roofs almost touch in the middle. Mentioned in the Domesday book (making it date over 900 years), we know Shambles to be York 's oldest street, and Europe's best preserved Medieval street. It really is a very special place.

The word Shambles originates from the Medieval word Shamel, which meant booth or bench. It was once also referred to as Flesshammel, a word with meaning around flesh; this is because Shambles was historically a street of butchers shops and houses. Records state that in 1872 there were 26 butchers on the street. The last butcher to trade on Shambles was at number 27 of the name Dewhurst.

Livestock was slaughtered on Shambles also, the meat was served over what are now the shop window bottoms, and these were originally the Shamels.

It is also interesting to notice the way the pavements on either side of the street are raised up, this was done to create a channel which the butchers would wash away their waste through; offal and blood would gush down Shambles twice weekly.

sea-herdorf, Christina Sonnenschein, Ronald Losure, Andy Rodker and 6 other people have particularly liked this photo


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 Nouchetdu38
Nouchetdu38 club
It reminds the atmosphere of Dickens!
2 years ago.
Doug Shepherd club has replied to Nouchetdu38 club
Many thanks for the visit and kind comments Nouchetdu38.

Best wishes, Doug
2 years ago.
 Tanja - Loughcrew
Tanja - Loughcrew club
A sweet paradise ;)
2 years ago.
Doug Shepherd club has replied to Tanja - Loughcrew club
Thanks very much Tanja - indeed it is! I resisted temptation;-)

Best regards, Doug
2 years ago.
 S Drury
S Drury club
Very nice indeed Doug .. saved in fav's by me

Best wishes ... Steve
2 years ago.
Doug Shepherd club has replied to S Drury club
Thanks once again Steve, always appreciate your visits and comments.

Best wishes, Doug.
2 years ago.
 Martine
Martine
Une belle boutique traditionnelle.
2 years ago.
Doug Shepherd club has replied to Martine
Many thanks once again Martine, glad that you like it.

Best wishes, Doug
2 years ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
Never been to York, much to my shame and yet I know a lot about it, from historical and archaeological interest.
Fine shot and notes again, Doug.
Best wishes,
Andy
2 years ago.
Doug Shepherd club has replied to Andy Rodker club
Thanks very much Andy, glad that you like it. I have to say if I had to live it a city, York would be my first choice.

Best regards, Doug
2 years ago.
 sea-herdorf
sea-herdorf club
Der Blick in den Laden, Doug,
sehr schöne Einstellung
freundliche Grüße
Erich
2 years ago.
Doug Shepherd club has replied to sea-herdorf club
Thank you very much Erich, glad that you like it.

Best wishes, Doug
2 years ago.

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