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The name Stonegate appears on records as early as 1118. Built on the roman road Via Praetoria and accessed through the gateway Porta Praetoria, which now lies beneath St Helens square. There are a few possibilities as to the origin of the name, the most popular is that the stone used to construct the Minster was brought from quarries near Tadcaster by boat to a landing place where the Guildhall now stands, and taken along this street. Although our present Minster was built much later than 1118, previous Minster’s on this site were also built with stone. Another possibility was simply that the street had retained its roman built paved surface, whereas neighbouring streets had to make do with roads more roughly constructed. Stonegate has two famous signs worth a mention, the chained red devil which sits at the top of the door of no. 33. He is there to remind us that the premise was once a Printers shop and the printer’s devils were the small boys who were used to fetch and carry type. This street was at one time known as the ‘Street of the Printers’
Another curiosity is the ‘Gallows Sign’ which is attached to, and advertises, the Olde Starre Inn. It is also attached to the opposite premises. The public house claims to be the oldest in York, dating back to the time of Henry the V111. Originally the Star, it was managed for a time by a saddler, George Ambler. He built a home in front of the pub and, when the pub changed hands again, access to the pub via a doorway was agreed with the present (and future) owners of the house. It was put up for sale again in 1792. The new landlord had trouble attracting custom into a pub that couldn’t be seen from the street, so on February 5th 1793 he was given permission to display a sign across the width of the street. Because it was attached to another property, a fee of 25 shillings had to be paid annually. The property owner was obliged to spend the money, probably a few hundred pints of ale!, in the company of the Star’s landlord. The landlord decided to retire and sell up two years later, but the sign remains. The Star yard also had a well of pure water which, for many generations, was the only local supply of fresh water.

Pentax K10D 18-55mm
1/60 @ f6.7 ISO 100 Raw
5 images processed in Photomatix Pro4, adjusted in Photoshop CS5






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  • Elaine Teague
    Elaine Teagueover 3 years ago

    Excellent capture and processing Trevor. A fave for me.

  • Many thanks for your kind comments also for the fave..Elaine

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  • Trevor Kersley
    Trevor Kersleyover 3 years ago

  • Kornrawiee
    Kornrawieeover 3 years ago

    Bravo! Greeting from Bangkok:)

    The splendid artwork from your great talent; Such a great artistic eyes to captured/treatment.
    Be hugs someone you love, life is too short as we realized:)
    Regards,
    Sunny

  • Thanking you Sunny

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  • Colin J Williams Photography
    Colin J Willia...over 3 years ago

    Superb Work Trevor !

  • Thank you very much

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  • Peter Stone
    Peter Stoneover 3 years ago

    Fantastic image Trevor, fave mate

  • very many thanks also for the fave Peter.

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  • clickinhistory
    clickinhistoryover 3 years ago

    Lovely shot of this street, opps sorry gate lol Trevor

  • Thanks very much Richard also for the fave.

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  • patjila
    patjilaover 3 years ago

    Love the view full of details and colours, great shot!

  • Thank you very much for your comments Patjila

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  • Daniela Cifarelli
    Daniela Cifarelliover 3 years ago

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW
    Just love UK!
    I’ll be in London in a couple of days…YAY!…A fav !
    DANIELA from Italy

  • Many thanks Daniela also for the fave

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  • Lynne Morris
    Lynne Morrisover 3 years ago

    Absolutely gorgeous capture Trevor.

  • Thank you very much Lynne

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  • LorenaLo
    LorenaLoover 3 years ago

    This is so lovely Trevor.. I’d love to be there!!

  • Thank you for your very kind comments also for the fave Lorena

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