The Shambles, York by fishers

The Shambles, York

My exercise (and photography) walk yesterday involved a bus ride into the city centre and a wander around some of the tourist areas. No probllem with social distancing on the bus, there was only one other passenger. No problems with social distancing in the Shambles either, with only two other people there.

It is quite remarkable to see the Shambles as deserted as this. We have on occasions been in the city centre on Christmas Day to take photos when things are quiet, but even then it isn't as quiet as it was yesterday.

The Shambles has been a popular place for tourists for many years. The stepped stories of medieval buildings which allow people on upper floors to shake hands across the street must be a familiar story to many school children studying medieval history.

In recent years the Shambles has become even more popular because many Harry Potter fans have wrongly assumed that it was the inspiration for Diagon Alley. As a result there are now three Harry Potter themed shops (see http://365project.org/fishers/365/2020-03-17 for one of them).

Ian
A sign of the times.
May 5th, 2020  
Goodness me! I have never seen it this empty ever!!
May 5th, 2020  
Love the leading line and buildings' details
May 5th, 2020  
Astonishing sight, isn’t it? And have you noticed the queue outside Betty’s????
May 5th, 2020  
I regularly see buses passing by empty or with just one passenger in too!!
May 5th, 2020  
sweet
May 5th, 2020  
Lovely old buildings and composition. Fav!! 😀
May 5th, 2020  
Super POV and capture.
May 5th, 2020  
Lovely lanes....I guess they could have been a bit of fire risk with the buildings being so close.
May 5th, 2020  
beautiful photo, it must be a beautiful, characteristic city to visit
May 5th, 2020  
Love to see this.. An Aunty of mine who did beautiful embroidery had one if The Shambles.. it was beautiful all done without a pattern ..
May 5th, 2020  
Great photo. Fav
May 5th, 2020  
Love it this way. ( For a pic.) Fav.
May 5th, 2020  
another great image
May 5th, 2020  
It is beautiful, a real step back in time moment. I would love to browse in 'The Shop That Must Not Be Named'
May 5th, 2020  
Thank you for the memories, it would be 30 year since I was in York it still remains one of my favourite places.
May 6th, 2020  
I've never seen the Shambles like that before, great shot. Fav. Thanks for the follow
May 6th, 2020  
Great photo and a fabulous reminder of my time there many years ago
May 6th, 2020  
A beautiful photo and interesting information. Thank you for sharing.
May 6th, 2020  
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Thank you all for your lovely comments and favs, they are very much appreciated.

I'm pleased to have brought back memories of our beautiful city for some of you, but I would think that none of us has ever seen it quite as quiet as this!

Ian
May 6th, 2020  
@jesika2

Jesika, I think the Betty's queue has gone to the same place as that of the Jorvik Viking Centre!

Ian
May 6th, 2020  
wow! gives the impression of a step into the past. love the architecture and lay of the road with the rail running through
May 8th, 2020  
@ninaganci

Thank you Nina, several buildings along here are several hundred years old and are a popular feature for visitors to see.

Ian
May 8th, 2020  
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