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Virtual Visit

This set of pages provide a whistle-stop virtual tour of York (England). All of the featured places are located within or adjacent to the city centre.

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49 to 51 Goodramgate and the Wealden Hall

Photo: 3 timber-framed buildings: nos 43-45, 47 and 49-51 (Wealden Hall) Goodramgate, York.

Number 49-51 Goodramgate (York) dates from circa 1500. The "Wealden Hall" to the rear (in Powell's Yard) is a building style rarely found outside Kent / Sussex.

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Anne Middleton's Hospital

Photo: Anne Middleton's Hospital and the Terry Memorial Homes in Skeldergate, York (England).

Anne Middleton's Hospital was constructed in 1827–9 as an almshouse to provide sheltered accomodation for the widows of up to 20 freemen of the city of York.

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One star rating.

Arcade of former Archbishops' Palace aka the Kohima Memorial

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

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.

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One star rating.

Artist's Garden

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

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.

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One star rating.

Assize Courts Building (now York Crown Court)

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

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.

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Two star rating

Baile Hill (aka The Old Baille)

Photo: Baile Hill and the wall-top walkway near Skeldergate (York).

During the 11th century, York boasted two 'motte and bailey' fortifications, one on each side of the River Ouse. Baile Hill is the motte of the western one.

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Bar Convent and Bar Convent Museum

Photograph: The northwest facade of the Bar Convent (Blossom Street, York).

The Bar Convent in York has been a religious institution since 1686. The cafe, exhibition, priest hole and hidden chapel are highly recommended.

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Two star rating

Barker Tower (aka North Street Postern Tower)

Photograph: Barker Tower and its pavement cafe with Lendal Tower beyond.

Barker Tower was built during the mid-14th century. The Leonard's Landing ferrymen lived here until 1863. Since then it has been a mortuary, storeroom and cafe,

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Two star rating

Barley Hall

Photograph: Exterior staircase entrance to Barley Hall (York) and Coffee Yard with stocks.

Built in phases from c1360 onwards, Barley Hall has been a hostel for the Priors of Nostell Priory, the home of a wealthy York goldsmith and a plumber's yard.

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Bile Beans Ghost Sign

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

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.

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One star rating.

Bishophill Community Garden

Photo: Bishophill Community Garden (York) in early spring.

Bishophill Community Garden is a small area of greenspace within the churchyard of St Mary Bishophill Senior (York). The church was demolished in 1963.

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Two star rating

Blue Bridge

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

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).

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One star rating.

Bonding Warehouse

Photograph: Southeast elevation of Bonding Warehouse (York) with new mansard roof visible.

From 1875 until 1958, the Bonding Warehouse was used by York Corporation to store imported goods that were subject to Excise duty. It is now flats and offices.

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Bootham Bar

Photograph: Northeast elevation of Bootham Bar, with West End towers of York Minster beyond.

Bootham Bar was built in the 12th century to protect the city's western entrance. It now forms a key access point for the northern section of York's Wall Walk.

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One star rating.

Carr's Lane

Photo: The cobbles and flagstones of Carr's Lane in York.

The steep gradient, cobble and flagstone road surface and high retaining walls give Carr's Lane (York) an interesting and distinctive character.

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Castle Mills Bridge

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

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).

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One star rating.

Castle Mills Lock

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

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.

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Castlegate

Photograph: Georgian buildings and the spire of St Mary's Church, Castlegate (York).

During the Medieval and Tudor periods, Castlegate was the main thoroughfare linking Ouse Bridge and the town centre with the outer bailey of York Castle.

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Chapter House Street

Photograph: Chapter House Street (York) viewed from Minster Yard.

Chapter House Street follows the alignment of the Via Decumana (the road linking the Principia with the northeast gate of the Roman fortress of Eboracum).

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Chess Board Carving on Wall Walk

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A chess board has been carved onto a paving slab that forms part of the walkway along the top of York's City Wall near Tower 5.

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Clifford's Tower

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

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.

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Two star rating

Coffee Yard

Photograph: Coffee Yard in York, with cafe tables, modern stocks and Barley Hall beyond.

Coffee Yard is a narrow, low-headroom passageway linking Stonegate with Grape Lane in the medieval streets area of York. It has a delightful central courtyard.

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College Green Sundial

Photograph: College Green sundial, with St William's College beyond.

The centre-piece of College Green is a circular stone seat with a fluted Doric column rising through the centre, topped by a cubical sundial.

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College Street and College Green

Photo: College Green, with the East Front of York Minster beyond.

College Street is named after St William’s College on the northeast side. The creation of College Green has opened-up a lovely view of the Minster's East Front.

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