Thursday, 15 September 2016

My two days in York - Strolling around the city; The Shambles; St. Martin-le Grand Church - The 6th of September 2016


We made our way into the Shambles area which gives the immediate impression of what York must have looked like in the 15th century. It is considered one of the best preserved medieval areas in Europe, although the shop fronts have naturally been restored.
The sound of James Taylor's You've got a friend played by a local musician made me travel back in time. It used to be one of my favourite songs as an adolescent and in a certain way its lyrics still resonate nowadays as being what I'd expect from a friend.


We stopped by the Newgate market close to which we had lunch at a Moroccan stall, though prior to that two gentlemen in a rather humorous way asked me to to include them in the picture I was taking, in order to become famous. We  sat for as long as the meal took and did enjoy it, not only because it was delicious but also because it allowed us to relax for a while.

We then made our way to nowhere in particular haveing unexpectedely come across St. Martin-le-Grand Church which originaly dates back to the 11th century. It was largely destroyed by bombing during the second World war but it was rehallowed in 1968 with a dedication to peace and reconciliation. The large 15th century stained glass window which had been removed for safety has been returned and there is moreover a more modern stained-glass window that illustrates the Church on fire. The most eye catching sculpture was the one depicting the last supper by Frank Roper in aluminium covered with gold paint (1967) designed as a reredos for the altar.

(To be continued)

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