Join me on his A-Z journey into A SENSE OF PLACE with reminiscences on places that are connected with my family history or are part of my own personal memories.
Y is for YORK
As a lass from Lancashire, I crossed the Pennines with my family to live in Yorkshire for four years as a teenager. Home was the village of Upper Poppleton and school was four miles away in York.
York then was quite a sleepy town then ahead of its status as a university city and its honeypot draw for tourists, but I was surrounded by history
The mediaeval city walls with their entrance gates, known as bars, encompassed virtually the entire city. I walked every day for the bus home through Micklegate Bar which during the Wars of the Roses had been decorated with the heads of leaders killed by one side or the other.
The magnificent Minster was built in Gothic style over the years 1220-1482, and contains England’s greatest concentration of medieval stained glass. The Archbishop of York was second only in religious power and influence to the Archbishop of Canterbury. A full forty other churches were built in the city during the medieval period, contributing to York's rich heritage of architecture, spanning timbered buildings to Georgian elegance in the Mansion House and Assembly Rooms.
Street names are fascinating - Gillygate, Coppergate, Baggergate, Monkgate, Swinegte, Stonegate and Petergate, with the longest Whipmawhopmygate. Gate here does not mean an entrance but is derived from the Scandinavian "gata" meaning "street"
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St. William's College