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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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Ouse Bridge

Photograph: The Ouse Bridge (York) with canoes, geese and swans on the River Ouse.

The current (Grade II listed) Ouse Bridge is the third on this site in the heart of the City of York. It was constructed in two stages between 1810 and 1820.

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Parliament Street

Photo: Shoppers and trees on Parliament Street (York) in early spring.

Parliament Street was created in 1835-40 to link two ancient market places (St Sampson’s Square and Pavement) and to create a single large retail market area.

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Patrick Pool

Photograph: Two of the five listed buildings that front onto Patrick Pool (York).

Patrick Pool (York) is a short street linking Church Street and Newgate. Despite its short length, it boasts at least five listed buildings.

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Pavement Marker for Roman Fortress Northeast Gateway (Porta Decumana)

Photo:  Pavement marker for the northeast gateway (Porta Decumana) of York's Roman fortress.

A marker carved / set into a paving slab to indicate the approximate location of the northeast gateway (Porta Decumana) of the Roman fortress in York, England.

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Pavement Marker on New Street for Roman Fortress Southwest Wall

Photo: Pavement marker for southwest wall of the Roman fortress on New Street, York, England.

A brass plaque set into the pavement on New Street to indicate the approximate location of the southwest wall of the Roman fortress in York, England.

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One star rating.

Pikeing Well

Photograph: The exterior of Pikeing Well (York) shortly after its renovation in 2012.

Pikeing Well (York) is a Grade II listed well house on the site of 'a remarkably fine spring of clear water'. The water was said to have 'medicinal properties'.

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Postern Tower

Photograph: Postern Tower (aka Bootham Tower) and perimeter walls of St Mary's Abbey (York).

The rectangular Postern Tower (aka Bootham Tower, York) was built in 1497 to protect St Mary's Abbey and to control access via the adjacent postern (gateway).

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Printer's Devil (a.k.a. Little Red Devil) Carving

Photograph: The Printer's Devil (a.k.a. Little Red Devil) carving on Stonegate, York (England).

For centuries, apprentice printers were known as 'printer's devils'* and 3D images like this one were commonly used to mark the location of printing workshops.

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Queen Margaret's Arch

Photograph: The Postern Tower (aka Bootham Tower) and Queen Margaret's Arch (York, England).

Queen Margaret's Arch (aka Bootham Postern, York) was built in 1497 to provide a more convenient entrance for the Abbot’s house (now known as the King’s Manor).

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Queen's Path

Photograph: The Queen's Path (York) and number 6 Minster Yard (a.k.a. 'The Old Residence').

The Queen's Path links the southern and northern parts of the Minster Yard in York. It's name commemorates a visit to the city by Her Majesty in 1972.

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Queen's Staith

Photo: Woods Mill Quay and the associated gantry cranes on Queen's Staith (York, England).

The quayside known as Queen’s Staith in York (England) was constructed circa 1810-1820 as part of the works to rebuild the adjacent Ouse Bridge.

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Railway Access Arches

Photo: The three railway access arches through the southwest section of York's city wall.

A set of three access arches were inserted into the city wall by the York and North Midland Railway Company during the second quarter of the 19th century.

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Raindale Mill

Photograph: The southwest and southeast elevations of Raindale Mill (York Castle Museum).

Raindale Mill is a relocated water-powered flour mill. It forms part of York Castle Museum and the machinery is operated occassionally by volunteers.

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Red Tower

Photo: The Red Tower (York) and the steps to the south-eastern section of the wall-walk.

The Red Tower was built circa 1490 to strengthen York's defences where the southern section of the city wall terminated at the edge of the King's Fishpond.

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River House

Photograph: The wall walk near Station Road, with River House and York Minster beyond.

The grade II listed red-brick building known as 'River House' was built in 1868 as club rooms and offices for 'The Yorkshire Club' *. It had its own boathouse.

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Riverside Terrace off St Martin's Courtyard

Photograph: Terrace beside the River Ouse on redeveloped Yorkshire Herald print works, York.

This steel-framed, timber-decked terrace and viewpoint was constructed in 2000 to open-up a previously inaccessible section of the River Ouse in York.

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Road Access Arches

Photo: The two road access arches through York's city wall with flower bed in foreground.

In 1874-6, two sets of archways were inserted into the city wall to provide pedestrian and road access between the city centre and the new railway station.

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Roman Column

Photo: The Roman Column from the 4th century Roman principia outside 9 Minster Yard (York).

This stone column from the 4th century Roman principia (headquarters building) was found in 1969 during excavations beneath the south transept of York Minster.

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Rowntree Park

Photo-montage: 4 views of Rowntree Park, York. Butcher Terrace gates, lych gate and lake.

Rowntree Park is one of York's hidden gems. Its facilities include wide-open green space, an ornamental lake, an exciting children's playground and a cafe.

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Scarborough Rail Bridge

Photo: River Ouse in York and the new footbridge of Scarborough Rail Bridge.

Scarborough Rail Bridge was built by the York and North Midland Railway Company in 1845. It carries the York - Malton - Scarborough line across the River Ouse.

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Shambles

Photograph: The Shambles (York) at its junction with Little Shambles.

The Shambles is York's iconic medieval street. It gains much of its charm and character from the higgledy-piggledy arrangement of its historic buildings.

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Skeldergate Bridge

Photograph: Skeldergate Bridge (with supporting girders visible)and the River Ouse in York.

York's Skeldergate Bridge has decorative ironwork. The decommissioned lifting section allowed tall ships to access the wharves and warehouses further upriver.

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Skeldergate Wall Walk Access Tower

Photograph: Skeldergate Access Tower (York) with two people climbing the steps.

This octagonal stone tower was constructed in 1878 when the adjacent section of York's City Wall was demolished to facilitate construction of Skeldergate Bridge

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South African War Memorial and Duncombe Place Memorial Garden

Photo: The South African (Boer) War Memorial and Duncombe Place Memorial Garden (York).

The South African War Memorial was installed in Duncombe Place in 1905 to commemorate the citizens of York who lost their lives during the Boer War (1899–1902).

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