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August 23, 2014 in Cycling, Stuff you can't do with a car, Vaguely decent photographs, Where I went on my holidays | Tags: Cycling, Shambles, York
The Shambles in York. Ghost town like appearance is because sensible people are still in bed.
Later in the day the tourists will come out and cycling is not allowed, although you can barely walk down here during the day, let alone cycle.
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August 23, 2014 at 11:11 am
I always prefer a city before the people get up. There is something very special about seeing it wake up in the morning.
August 24, 2014 at 4:01 pm
Andy in Germany
It is good: I also get a kick out of seeing the city in a way that the tourists don’t, and before it is ruined by people wandering aimlessly about in tracksuits.
August 23, 2014 at 8:09 pm
John Romeo Alpha
Check out the word origin of “shambles”, which is probably also the source of the name of this place. I still use the word often, but knowing where it came from colors my use of it, certainly: “Old English sceamol became Middle English shamel, which developed the specific sense in the singular and plural of “a place where meat is butchered and sold.”
August 24, 2014 at 4:03 pm
This is the origin: some shops have the old shelves where the meat was displayed and one or two have hooks outside that used to be where the meat was hung from. I wonder if the street survived because it wasn’t the most attrsctive place in the old days and no-one cared enough about it ti ‘improve’ it. I’m glad they didn’t…
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