Little Shambles - York by Trevor Kersley

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Shambles (also known as ‘The Shambles’) is a bustling centre piece of historic York. The street today is one of the UK’s most visited.The way that fifteenth century buildings lean into the middle of the cobbled street means that the roofs almost touch in the middle. Mentioned in the Domesday book (making it date over 900 years), we know Shambles to be York ‘s oldest street, and Europe’s best preserved Medieval street. It really is a very special place.

The word Shambles originates from the Medieval word Shamel, which meant booth or bench. It was once also referred to as Flesshammel, a word with meaning around flesh; this is because Shambles was historically a street of butchers shops and houses. Records state that in1872 there were 26 butchers on the street. The last butcher to trade on Shambles was at number 27 of the name Dewhurst. Livestock was slaughtered on Shambles also, the meat was served over what are now the shop window bottoms, and these were originally the Shamels.

Pentax K10D 18-55mm lens DSLR.

HDR image -3 shots -1,0,+1 processed in Photomatix pro3 detailed enhanced,adjusted in CS3.

Featured in the Group “Shopfronts”
Featured in the Group “Enhanced Photos” 28 Apr 2010

Featured in the group “Yorkshire Photography” 23 Aug 2010

Featured by Your Country’s Best 21 Jan 2011

Featured in the group “HDRI” 4 Apr 2011

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  • Philip Johnson
    Philip Johnsonalmost 6 years ago

    looking good Trevor

  • Thank you Philip

    – Trevor Kersley

  • Catherine Hamilton-Veal  ©
    Catherine Hami...almost 6 years ago

    This is amazing Trevor, step back in time.x

  • Thank you very much Catherine..yes it feels like a time warp when you walk down there.

    – Trevor Kersley

  • simba
    simbaalmost 6 years ago

    Fabulous work Trevor.

  • thanks Linda

    – Trevor Kersley

  • Elaine Teague
    Elaine Teaguealmost 6 years ago

    Definitely a fave for me. I walked through here last year. Amazing place and great treatment to your fine capture Trevor.

  • thank you very much Elaine for your comments.

    – Trevor Kersley

  • Brunoboy
    Brunoboyalmost 6 years ago

    A great picture of this wonderful place.

  • Thanks for your comments

    – Trevor Kersley

  • Shaun Whiteman
    Shaun Whitemanalmost 6 years ago

    Great shot of this amazing street, I was there the other week and it was wonderful!!

  • Thanks very much Shaun

    – Trevor Kersley

  • Daidalos
    Daidalosalmost 6 years ago

    So beautiful! Nostalgic

  • Thanks very much Alex

    – Trevor Kersley

  • heznel
    heznelover 5 years ago

    fabulous shot … please add it to the group SHOPFRONTS as it would be perfect there

  • Thank you Heather..will have a look.

    – Trevor Kersley

  • Mark Tisdale
    Mark Tisdaleover 5 years ago

    great image and wonderful history lesson!

  • Thank you very much Mark for your comments

    – Trevor Kersley

  • heznel
    heznelover 5 years ago

  • Thank you very much Heather

    – Trevor Kersley

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