Shambles #1 - 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.

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* Featured in “Australia versus the UK, but it’s not cricket!” 22 Jan 2011*

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  • Smudger
    Smudgeralmost 6 years ago

    the hdr works well here mate

  • thanks very much Steve…yes it looks great on the buildings

    – Trevor Kersley

  • savosave
    savosavealmost 6 years ago

    great capture

  • Thank you David for your comments

    – Trevor Kersley

  • richman
    richmanalmost 6 years ago

    looks Fantastic, good work

  • thank you Richie

    – Trevor Kersley

  • Chamika Amarasiri
    Chamika Amarasirialmost 6 years ago

    Nicely done!

  • Thank you kindly for your comments Chamika

    – Trevor Kersley

  • Karen  Betts
    Karen Bettsalmost 6 years ago

    really like the colours and depth of field with this one. you must of been up early to capture it so empty of people.

  • Thanks Karen..for your comments… not so early it was a sunday morning

    – Trevor Kersley

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    Catherine Hami...almost 6 years ago

    Wonderful HDR Trevor.x

  • thanks very much Catherine.x

    – Trevor Kersley

  • coralZ
    coralZalmost 6 years ago

    very intimate place, the most perfect place for a boutique. The atmosphere is really 100% medieval! Very Nice!

  • Thanks Zalman for your comments

    – Trevor Kersley

  • Brunoboy
    Brunoboyalmost 6 years ago

    Lovely picture. Where have all the tourists gone?

  • Thanks for your comments..tourists at 8.30am on a Sunday morning!!!

    – Trevor Kersley

  • Jadon
    Jadonover 5 years ago

    Excellent shot mate, well done on the feature..

  • Thanks very much Jason

    – Trevor Kersley

  • pat gamwell
    pat gamwellover 5 years ago

    Thank you for the narrative…really enhances the all ready fabulous shot!

  • Thank you Pat for your very kind comments

    – Trevor Kersley

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