The Shambles by fishers

The Shambles

Probably one of the best known streets in York, and for a change I thought I would try a night shot. This was Sunday evening and even then it wasn't quiet - there were still quite a few tourists around.

The Shambles is an old street, with overhanging timber-framed buildings, some dating back as far as the fourteenth century. It was once known as The Great Flesh Shambles, probably from the Anglo-Saxon Fleshammels (literally 'flesh-shelves'), the word for the shelves that butchers used to display their meat. As recently as 1872 twenty-five butchers' shops were located along the street, but now none remain - it is now better known as a place where several Harry Potter shops can be found!

Although the butchers have now vanished, a number of the shops on the street still have meat-hooks hanging outside and, below them, shelves on which meat was displayed.

Ian
A lovely nighttime capture of the old buildings
December 7th, 2019  
Great shot of this lovely street, I have happy memories of mooching along here. Thanks for the interesting info too, I will be looking out for the hooks on my next visit.
December 7th, 2019  
those cobbles!
December 7th, 2019  
My Aunty use to do amazing tapestry and my favourite one was of the shambles.. it was aon very fine linen and just done with black thread.. nice to see it in this photo.. thank you for the memory..
December 7th, 2019  
I like this Ian - very atmospheric.
December 7th, 2019  
Very interesting architecture !
December 7th, 2019  
Great night shot of this lovely street. Fav.
December 7th, 2019  
York is a fabulous city, been a couple of times. Makes a wonderful weekend break. Great capture
December 7th, 2019  
Cool night shot
December 7th, 2019  
Lovely night scene. I remember The Shambles well.
December 7th, 2019  
I really enjoyed this area of York when I was there
December 8th, 2019  
A lovely shot.
December 8th, 2019  
Spent many happy hours pottering here!
December 8th, 2019  
Makes my wish to visit return. A friend of mine some years visited York and brought me a book of The Shambles and I still treasure it with the hope of coming there some day. Must be very enjoyable to walk the streets of the area.
December 8th, 2019  
Great capture
December 8th, 2019  
@carolmw @pattyblue @koalagardens @julzmaioro @vignouse @cocobella @pyrrhula @bizziebeeme @seattlite @onewing @kjarn @peadar @casablanca @sangwann @bkbinthecity

Thank you all for your lovely comments and favs, they are all very much appreciated!

I was struck by the positive memories that several of you shared of past visits to the Shambles - it is one of the city's tourist hot spots - but to me it is a street that I don't visit very often. As a resident I tend to avoid such busy parts of town.

Ian
December 8th, 2019  
Interesting street!
December 8th, 2019  
I can see it must be a place of great character.
December 8th, 2019  
@vesna0210 @will_wooderson

Thank you both, I'm glad you like it. It is one of the 'must see' places for anyone visiting York.

Ian
December 11th, 2019  
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