York England: Oh, What a Shambles!

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My favourite part of our day trip tour of York was walking through the shambles.

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The shambles is known as the most popular medieval street in England. It was everything I had imagined and more! With its stuck out buildings and narrow cobbled streets, this truly felt like we were on the set of a Harry Potter film or inside the pages of a story book. In fact, It was the inspiration for the film version of Diagon Alley.

A bit about the history

There is only one surviving butchers here now but, the shambles was the street of the butchers. Cattle, pigs and sheep would be brought here from the markets to be slaughtered. The carcass of the animals would be dragged into the street and put on the benches to be cut, then the meats would be displayed on the hooks and shelves to sell, a number of the shops still have the meat hooks and shelves. Can you imagine how bloody and gutsy this area must have looked? I don’t really think I would like to! However, this is where the name come from as people would say ‘Oh what a shambles’ It has had a number of names in the past but by 1426 it was known as The Great Flesh Shambles, but was shortened over time.

Meat was sold here in this way until around 1939 when the outbreak of war led to it being stopped.

Many of the buildings here date back to 1350-1475

2 thoughts on “York England: Oh, What a Shambles!

  1. Lol, when you said what a ‘shambles’ in the title I thought what on earth happened??!! Lol. πŸ˜…
    York is definitely somewhere I’d like to visit again.
    Crikey, those buildings go a long way back – it must feel like a trip back in time when you’re there.
    Thanks for sharing – lovely. ✨

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    • Haha I promise, it wasn’t click bait πŸ˜‚. I thought it was so interesting how it got its name ha. I’d love to visit again too and do the ghost tour. Thanks for your comment πŸ€—β€

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