Friday, 2 March 2012

York's Walls


Over a week's worth of photographs of York and we have barely scratched the surface of all there is to see and do in this lovely city.  I would echo what 'Cranberry Morning' said in the comments a few days ago - for any visitor to England, York (and Yorkshire) is well worth a trip.

In this photo you can see a very small part of the ancient walls of the city.  The city has been walled since Roman times, and has more of its walls left intact than any other English city. That means that you can walk for a couple of miles, around a large part of the city, and see the views from an elevated position.  The walls are punctuated by medieval gateways known as Bars, several of which remain, and which controlled access to the city.  You can see the galleries from where missiles and boiling oil would have been dropped on attackers, and hear gruesome tales of the severed heads of traitors and criminals, left on spikes at Micklegate Bar as a warning to others!

12 comments:

  1. Thanks to you, Yrok is now on my "to-visit" list! The town seems so interesting and beautyful!

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  2. Wow..what a gorgeous city! I just love that photo. Makes me want to visit! :)

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  3. That is beautiful, Jenny! And sometimes I think I shouldn't visit you blog, for I get SO homesick for Yorkshire. I have no idea how that can be, but it's true!

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  4. There must be something in the American DNA that remembers Britain. I don't get nearly as excited about photos from the rest of Europe, and certainly not Asia and Africa. Jim

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  5. All that antiquitity is captivating.

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  6. What a great composition! Full of different interests!

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  7. Those walls would be so fun to take a stroll on, despite the gruesome activity that once occurred there. ~Lili

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  8. Love this tour of York! The view from the top of the Wheel was amazing!

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  9. I have visited York twice, but both were many years ago. I have enjoyed seeing it again through your eyes. Today's landscape photo is so nicely composed.

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  10. How fascinating that walk would be Jenny, it's amazing the difference a few hundred years make to a landscape. They did love to do the 'severed head' thing a lot in those days, I wonder if people then got so used to it they didn't bat an eyelid!!

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  11. I would love to walk along that wall. your photo is so crystal clear that it looks like a painting. It is great to get to know Yorkshire through your eyes as it is where I was born.

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