Saturday, October 19, 2013
The Shambles, an extremely narrow street in York, is one of the most famous streets in Britain and also one of the most incredibly well preserved medieval streets in the world. That is not a trick of the camera - the timber framed buildings, which date from the 14th & 15th century, actually lean out like that towards each other. The street was the home to all the butchers of medieval York and the buildings were constructed like that to add some protection for the shop windows on the main floors. No butchers remain on the street now but rather it is lined with shops catering to tourists. This was the least crowded that I saw it during my visit to York - it was normally really congested!