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Kings Square

Face Kings Court to get the optimal view of the Shambles over your shoulder.

As mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086, Shambles is York’s oldest street. It is also one of the best-preserved medieval shopping streets in Europe. Although none of the original shop-fronts have survived from medieval times, some properties still have exterior wooden shelves, reminders of when cuts of meat were served from the open windows. The street was made narrow by design to keep the meat out of direct sunlight. Today, the beautiful old buildings have been restored and now house cheerful cafés and quirky boutiques. The unique beauty of The Shambles has been recognised and the street was awarded title of the most picturesque street in Britain in the first ever Google Street View Awards in 2010.

Did you know?

The word Shambles comes from the Anglo Saxon word ‘Shammel’- meaning the shelf from which meat is sold.


 

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