Shambles and Minster

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My friend and I really enjoyed our recent trip to York. We strolled around The Shambles, a Medieval street lined with shops, restaurants and pubs, whilst all the time dominated by the impressive York Minster.

The Shambles (official name Shambles) is an old street in York, England, with overhanging timber-framed buildings, some dating back as far as the fourteenth century. It was once known as The Great Flesh Shambles, probably from the Anglo-Saxon Fleshammels (literally ‘flesh-shelves’), the word for the shelves that butchers used to display their meat. As recently as 1872 there were twenty-five butchers’ shops in the street but now there are none.

Our primary task was to search out craft shops in the midst of this ancient city, oh and also Charity shops! We did very well and found some wonderful crafty venues. One of our favourite craft shops was “Ramshambles” http://www.ramshambles.co.uk. It was packed to the rafters with wool, patterns,fabrics,wool,magazines and wool! We replenished our stash and were buzzing with thoughts of new projects.

I particularly liked the crocheted cover on the stool. I might steal this idea one of these days. We staggered back to our hotel after dinner and watched The Great British Sewing Bee. Happy days!

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