Europe 2008 Visual Diary page 21

York Minster dominates all areas of the city

The very impressive York Minster, the second largest Gothic cathedral in northern Europe

But I much prefer Holy Trinity church. Its tiny, peaceful churchyard is easy to miss as it's hidden behind Lady Row (some of the oldest houses in England) and is reached by a short alleyway. The church dates from the 1400s, although there was a church on the site as early as 1082. The interior is exactly as it was in the 1700s, complete with box pews black with age.

The Shambles, the ancient street of the butchers of York, mentioned in the Domesday Book. It takes its name from the word 'Shamel' meaning the stalls or benches on which the meat was displayed. The current street was rebuilt around 1400.

Market day

City street through castle wall

York Castle turret

Yet more daffodils decorate the old moat

Mediaeval building on Roman foundations

Remains of St Mary's Abbey

The King's Manor

Clifford's Tower (at dusk), a quatrefoil keep built on top of a Norman motte, was the site of a massacre in 1190 when the small Jewish community of York sought protection in the tower on the feast of Shabbat ha-Gadol. Many Jews took their own lives rather than face a violent mob in an event regarded as one of the most notorious examples of antisemitism in medieval England.

By the river at dusk
An early evening drink by the River Ouse