Thursday, 15 September 2016

My two days in York - Across the Ouse river banks - The 6th of September 2016


We decided to head back to the Micklegate area via the Museum Gardens and then along the  citywalls. We came across the Multangular Tower believed to have been built during the reign of the Emperor Septimius Severus, who was in York between 209 and 211 and almost immediately after  the exquisitely small York Observatory dating back to 1831.
The city of York had established an important role in the astronomical world then when two leading astronomers were based in the city, one of them being Edward Pigott, the first Englishman to have a comet named after him. This Observatory had a rotating roof and its 1850 telescope was built by Thomas Cooke, who later made the largest telescope in the world.

We proceeded towards the Yorkshire Museum, which we decided not to visit having chosen the Art Galery instead.

Fairly close by we came across the remains of St. Mary's Abbey, whose foundation dates to 1080 and is believed to have been the largest and wealthiest of all the Benedictine institutions in Northern England.

We soon reached the river bank of the Ouse, which we walked along for a while before steping onto the "circuit" of the city walls next to the Lendal bridge heading towards the Micklegate.

The walk along these city walls was particularly interesting because it sort of changed the perspective of the city providing us with an aaerial view. I was in a bad state (my feet had blisters alll over them) by the time we reached the train station and the Micklegate areas, but I was determined not to let those affect my trip and certainly not my reunion with my daughter.

(To be continued)

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