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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The Shambles York

The Shambles district of York dates back to a 14th century meat market in the area and is known for its picturesque narrow streets and overhanging timber-framed buildings.

The Shambles in York was voted "Britain's Most Picturesque Street 2010" in a contest sponsored by the internet search giant Google.

Of historic interest in the Shambles area is the home of Margaret Clitherow, arrested in 1586 for harbouring Catholic priests and allowing the Mass to be performed on her property. The unfortunate Margaret was duly condemned to death by the authorities of the day by pressing with a heavy stone for her "religious crimes".

The Punch Bowl pub is an historic drinking venue near the Shambles area dating from the 18th century. This pub has stood at the corner of Blossom Street and Nunnery Lane since 1770.

The Shambles is a reasonably short walk from York Station, the National Railway Museum and York Minster.

The Shambles York, northern England

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