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York

March 23, 2015

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Mickelgate Bar, the main entrance to the city through which monarchs would enter. It was also a popular practice to hang the heads of traitors from the gatehouse.

The ancient capital of England's north

York has a long and fascinating history as one of England's foremost cities, with better preserved medieval ruins than perhaps any other in the country. It's history extends back to the early Roman period, when the IX Legion set up a fort here to subjugate the restive Brigantines.

Eboracum, as York was then known, became the largest Roman city in northern Britannia, eventually being elevated to the status of provincial capital as power devolved away from the imperial centre. It was in Eboracum that Constantine was acclaimed emperor by his legionaries in the early 4th Century, an act that proved to be one of the pivotal moments in the history of Western civilization.

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The rear of Mickelgate Bar. Practically all of the buildings in the view have since been pulled down. On the right was the Jolly Bacchus public house, and on the left the Barefoot Inn. A ghost of a horse and cart can be seen, a result of the long exposures time required to take photographs at this early stage.

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Ships moored on King's Staith.

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A fascinating view up Museum Street with the Minster in the distance. By this time photography has advanced to the point where it can catch people in motion, including all these pedestrians allowing us to catch many small interesting details. The women on the right are taking care their skirts don't drag as they cross the street while the man in front of them appears to be wearing an army uniform, though to my eyes it looks more German than English.

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Lendal Bridge and Station Road seen from the city wall. Then, as now, the Minster dominates the city's skyline. Then, as now, the city wall was a popular walk.

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Built on a low-lying ground around the River Ouse, York has been subjected to frequent flooding throughout its history. A series of photographs from a particularly bad flood in 1892 survive today. This is a shot of North Street.

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Built on a low-lying ground around the River Ouse, York has been subjected to frequent flooding throughout its history. A series of photographs from a particularly bad flood in 1892 survive today. This is a shot of North Street.

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