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The Shambles is often called Europe’s best preserved medieval street, although the name is also used to collectively refer to the surrounding maze of narrow, twisting lanes and alleys as well. The street itself is mentioned in the Domesday Book, so we know that it has been in continuous existence for over 900 years.
The Shambles has the effect of a time machine, transporting you back to the Elizabethan period. The houses that jostle for space along The Shambles project out over the lane in their upper stories, as if trying to meet their neighbours opposite.
In some places the street is so narrow that if you stand with arms outstretched you can touch the houses on both sides.
The name “Shambles” comes from the Saxon “Fleshammels”, which means, “the street of the butchers”, for it was here that the city’s butcher’s market was located. Notice the wide window sills of the houses; the meat for sale was displayed here.
The butcher’s shops have now been replaced with shops catering to visitors, including jewelry and antiques; indeed, the Shambles is now one of the premier shopping areas in the city of York.
One building of note in The Shambles is the home of Margaret Clitherow. She was arrested in 1586 on the charge of harbouring Catholic priests. To make matters worse, she had regular Masses said in her house, and hid clergy vestments there.
The authorities condemned her to death by pressing (crushing beneath a heavy weight). Margaret Clitherow was canonized in 1970, and her home is now a shrine

A B & W shot of an earlier HDR image, converted using Nik Software -Silver Efex Pro – Antique Plate II & CS5.
Pentax K10D 18-55mm

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  • 1stImpressions
    1stImpressionsover 4 years ago


  • thank you very much Steve

    – Trevor Kersley

  • Vicki Ferrari
    Vicki Ferrariover 4 years ago

    Nostalgic photography Trevor!! Lovely!! Love the sepia! :))

  • Thank you Vicki

    – Trevor Kersley

  • Tony Waite
    Tony Waiteover 4 years ago

    Brilliant.. great processing Trevor

  • Thank you very much Tony

    – Trevor Kersley

  • Thanks also for the fave

    – Trevor Kersley

    AARDVARKover 4 years ago

    Nice mono TK.

  • thanks Aard…nice to see you back.

    – Trevor Kersley

  • Kristina K
    Kristina Kover 4 years ago

    wow how interesting trevor, am looking forward to the york experience :)) k

  • thank you Kristina…are you visiting York??

    – Trevor Kersley

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeover 4 years ago

    We have walked up and down the Shambles many times Trevor, great shot

  • thank you very much Audrey

    – Trevor Kersley

  • mikebov
    mikebovover 4 years ago

    Excelleny capture Trevor

  • Thank you Mike

    – Trevor Kersley

  • hilarydougill
    hilarydougillabout 4 years ago

    Fantastic shot, wonderful pic, and thank you so very much for taking the time and effort to create such an interesting bio. Our foreign visitors know nothing of our history, and now they are ‘armed’ and ready by the time they get here. hugsxxx

  • Thanks very much Hilary

    – Trevor Kersley

  • jesika
    jesikaabout 4 years ago

    Lovely treatment

  • thank you Jesika

    – Trevor Kersley

  • Irene  Burdell
    Irene Burdellabout 4 years ago

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  • Thank you Irene for the feature.

    – Trevor Kersley

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