Shambles, York, England

This evening, I am posting information on The Shambles in York, England. This is now a very a very popular shopping venue which was voted Britain’s Most Picturesque Street in 2010. However, today’s trendy shoppers and smart tourists would be aghast to travel back in time when the street was an open slaughterhouse and centre for butchery from whence the name ‘Shambles’ is derived. In fact, the name is an indicator of York’s long period of occupation as it has Saxon origins.

The image of the Shambles today is that of  a quaint and colourful street populated with a wide range of shops, mainly catering for tourists. Some of the overhanging buildings date from the 14th century.

The Shambles is well positioned, in the centre of the old, medieval town roughly equidistant between the Minster (Cathedral) and Jorvik ( Viking Museum).

Shambles, York, England

Shambles, York, England

Shambles, York, England

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