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Content for this website is being uploaded via an occassional series of illustrated articles. Each article focusses on a place or topic that might be of interest to someone planning a 'real-world' sightseeing visit to the historic city of York. Summary information for each of the available articles is displayed below (and on the overflow pages).

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John Browne (1793-1877) is best known for his historical research on York Minster and for his high quality illustrations of architectural details.  Read more
 

Title page from Vol. 2 of John Browne's "The History of the Metropolitan Church of St Peter, York" (1847).

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The historic defences form a key attraction for most first-time visitors to York. A stroll along at least part of the wall-top walkway is highly recommended.  Read more
 

Photo-montage: 4 views of the wall walk including York Minster viewpoint and Bootham Bar.

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Transcriptions of contemporary accounts relating to the design, construction and operation of Skeldergate Bridge, York.  Read more
 

Photograph: A tour boat on the River Ouse about to pass beneath Skeldergate Bridge (York).

Place of Interest
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This attractive magnesian limestone wall in Dean's Park once formed part of an arcade associated with the 12th century palace used by the Archbishops of York.  Read more
 

Photograph: Poppy wreaths laid beside Kohima Memorial, Dean's Park (York).

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The Artist's Garden in York is a pleasant outdoor space designed specifically to display temporary art installations and to host occassion outdoor arts events.  Read more
 

Photograph: Artist's Garden (York) "Foundation Myths" art installation and ivy-covered wall.

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York Castle has been used to dispense 'justice' for almost 1,000 years. The Assize Courts Building in the inner-bailey was constructed between 1773 and 1777.  Read more
 

Photograph: The front steps and pedimented portico of York's assize courts building.

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The intriguing advertisement for "Bile Beans" is a 'ghost sign' on the side wall of a house at the junction of Lord Mayor's Walk and Monkgate, near Monk Bar.  Read more
 

Photograph: The "Bile Beans" ghost sign on the side wall of a house beside Lord Mayor's Walk in York.

Place of Interest
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The Blue Bridge is a manually-operated double-leaf bascule footbridge across Browney Dyke (a section of the Foss Navigation near the River Ouse in York).  Read more
 

Photograph: Blue Bridge across River Foss (York) showing double bascules & lifting mechanism.

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Castle Mills Bridge was built in 1955 and 1956 to carry Tower Street (part of York's Inner Ring Road) across the River Foss (aka the Foss Navigation).  Read more
 

Photograph: SE elevation of Castle Mills Bridge, Castle Mills Lock and Foss Navigation, York.

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Castle Mills Lock (York) is 34 metres long x 6 metres wide. It was built in 1796, widened in 1889 and is now the only operational lock on the Foss Navigation.  Read more
 

Photograph: Foss Basin & Castle Mills Lock, with the inner bailey wall of York Castle beyond.

Place of Interest
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Clifford's Tower (a.k.a. 'the King's Tower' or 'the Great Tower') is the keep of York Castle. Its 'quadrilobate' (four-lobed) design is unique in England.  Read more
 

Photograph: Steep steps leading up the daffodil-covered motte of Clifford's Tower (York).

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Coppergate Walk and St Mary's Square are relatively recent additions to York's modern shopping area, opening to the public in 1984.  Read more
 

Photograph: Coppergate Walk and St Marys Square (York), with tourists and shoppers.

Place of Interest
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These interpretive cross-sections through the ramparts of York's city defences show how the size and shape of the earth bank evolved over time.  Read more
 

Photograph: The interpretive cross-sections through the rampart of York's city defences.

Place of Interest
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Cumberland House is the oldest surviving commercial riverside building in York. It was built circa 1710 by William Cornwell as his townhouse and warehouse.  Read more
 

Photograph: River barge moored alongside King's Staith (York), with Cumberland House beyond.

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The Deanery is the private residence of the Dean of York Minster. The Dean is responsible for the day to day running of the Minster.  Read more
 

Photograph: The neo-Georgian facade, gravel drive and front lawn of the Deanery (York).

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The Debtors' Prison was built in the attractive 'English Baroque' style between 1701 and 1705. Originally the County Gaol, it is now part of York Castle Museum.  Read more
 

Photograph: Eye of York and front facade of former County Gaol / Debtors' Prison building.

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The Edible Wood is a small publicly accessible (wheelchair-friendly) garden in central York. It is dedicated to plants containing at least one edible component.  Read more
 

Photograph: The "Edible Wood" garden and the rear of the York Art Gallery.

Place of Interest
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Exhibition Square was created in 1879 to provide a pleasant public space between Bootham Bar and York's new art gallery. It has an attractive fountain.  Read more
 

Photo-montage: Four views of Exhibition Square including York Art Gallery and Bootham Bar.

Place of Interest
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The 'Eye of York' is a small oval of grass in the middle of York Castle's inner bailey. It was previously known as 'Castle Yard', then the 'Eye of the Ridings'.  Read more
 

Photograph: A carousel fairground ride (aka a 'galloper') on the Eye of York.

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The Foss Barrier forms a key part of York's flood defences. It allows the River Foss and neighbouring low-lying areas to be isolated from the River Ouse.  Read more
 

Photograph: Foss Barrier, houseboats in Foss Basin and Inner Bailey Walls of York Castle.

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Foss Basin (also known as Castle Mills Lock Basin) lies on the River Foss between the Foss Barrier and Castle Mills Lock (York).  Read more
 

Photograph: Boats in Foss Basin, York Castle's South Angle Tower and Inner Bailey Walls.

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The single arch Grade II listed Foss Bridge in York was built between 1811 and 1812. The central 'heritage style' lamp standards were installed in 1975.  Read more
 

Photograph: The single stone arch of Foss Bridge (York) and its reflection in the River Foss.

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The wharf and 18-inch guage tramway system were constructed in 1878 to serve a complex of military stores and workshops associated with York's Fulford Barracks.  Read more
 

Photograph: Remains of 18-inch gauge military tramway beside New Walk, near Fulford (York).

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Between tower 31 and the site of tower 30, a pair of historic latrines (toilets / urinals) have been set into York's city walls beside the wall-top walkway.  Read more
 

Photograph: Pair of historic latrines set into York's city wall beside the wall-top walkway.

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