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    Posted 6 years ago

    vetraio50
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    It's a Shambles – but it's the most picturesque street in Britain.

    Sorry about the condition of the PC! It's a shambles too!

    In 2010 the inaugural Google Street View award went to The Shambles as Britain's Most Picturesque Street.

    Cobbled York thoroughfare with roofs so close they almost touch!

    Helen Carter in the Guardian wrote that “Each year, York attracts more than 4m visitors spending more than £330m and tourism is vital to the city's economy with 10,000 jobs in the tourist sector. Many visitors take a trip to Shambles.”

    The Millers went there too a century before the Google award in 1906 and bought this PC that has been unfortunately disfigured! But they kept it!

    Shambles
    Noun - plural noun: shambles

    1. a state of total disorder. - "my career was in a shambles"
    2. a butcher's slaughterhouse (archaic except in place names) - "the shambles where the animals were slaughtered"

    “It has a name that belies its quaint medieval beauty – Shambles. But the winding York thoroughfare that attracts millions of tourists every year has been voted the most picturesque street in Britain.

    The distinctive, narrow, cobbled street is lined with wooden-framed buildings, some 600 years old. They lean together in the middle with roofs that are so close they almost touch.

    Shambles with its variety of shops and cafes has been voted the most picturesque street in the inaugural Google Street View awards after more than 11,000 cast their vote in February.

    The name is no reflection on the physical state of the street – Shambles originates from a medieval word shamel (meaning bench.) Pavements on either side are raised to create a channel which butchers would wash their waste through. It is one of the most visited areas of the UK and has shops, restaurants and tourist attractions, including seven evening ghost walks and tours and was mentioned in the Domesday Book, making it Europe's most well-preserved medieval street.”

    http://www.theguardian.com/travel/2010/mar/08/shambles-wins-google-street-view-awards

    This is a RAPHAEL TUCK & SONS postcard from the OILETTE Series Number 1465.

    Comments

    1. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 6 years ago
      Great, - again I might add.
    2. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      Many thanks AGHCOLLECT'n BLUNDERBUSS too!
      Happy Holiday Weekend!
    3. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      Many thanks TOM!
    4. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      many thanks SENCHI!
    5. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      Many thanks MIKELV 'n LASS!
    6. SEAN68 SEAN68, 6 years ago
      Very beautiful!
    7. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      Many thanks PHIL, SEAN 'n NUTSABOTAS!
      Have a great long weekend!
    8. SEAN68 SEAN68, 6 years ago
      Your very welcome Kevin :)
    9. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      Many thanks GARY 'n LEAH!
    10. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      Many thanks ANTIQUES IN NJ 'n AIMATHENA too!!
    11. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      Many thanks DON!
    12. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      Many thanks KAREN!
    13. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      Many thanks BELLTOWN 'n ELISABETHAN!
    14. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      Many thanks POPS52!
    15. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      Many thanks ROYCFROFTBOOKSFROMME!
    16. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      Many thanks BRACKEN3 'n GARY!
    17. dlpetersen, 2 years ago
      Great card and historic info.
    18. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
      Many thanks DLPETERSEN !!!!
    19. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 months ago
      Many thanks NEWFLD !.!.!!.!.!.
    20. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 months ago
      Many thanks BUCKETHEAD !.!!!!.!
    21. keramikos keramikos, 5 months ago
      vetraio50, Fantastic. :-)

      Your postcard seems to 'simplify' one of the buildings on the left (perhaps the half-timbering had been plastered over in 1906, and later exposed), but it seems to be a pretty iconic view of The Shambles.

      The half-timbered building on the right shows up again and again in photographs and paintings, e.g.:

      https://www.visitbritainshop.com/world/~/media/images/articles/york%20guide/pi-york-guide.ashx?h=377&w=670

      https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4405/35591740263_282eda04fe_o.jpg

      https://i1.wp.com/thirdeyetraveller.com/wp-content/uploads/IMG_0220.jpg?w=2500&ssl=1

      The shop Via Vecchia seems to have gone away, and become Pinder & Scott, but the address is the same: 6 The Shambles. Google Street View still shows the former, and Google Maps the latter.

      It was difficult for me to reproduce that precise view in Google Street View. I'm not going to burden your post with the ultra-long Google Maps link that might not be a permanent one, but somebody named Karl Ellis took a picture in December 2018 that's pretty close.
    22. keramikos keramikos, 5 months ago
      Let's try this Google Maps link function:

      https://goo.gl/maps/dfAHkmkEv9swEQwW6
    23. keramikos keramikos, 5 months ago
      In the 1906 postcard image, it actually does look like they'd recently plastered over the half-timbering on the left-hand building, and perhaps were in the process of repainting it.
    24. keramikos keramikos, 5 months ago
      It's a bit dicey, but here's a September 2008 Street View:

      https://goo.gl/maps/M54HY7pma8nyjvAWA

      And October 2016:

      https://goo.gl/maps/mHZzvxPLLpJTMTdQ8

      And May 2017:

      https://goo.gl/maps/EwEU7HYiQ8ZDJjX46
    25. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 months ago
      Many thanks for your efforts KERAMIKOS !,!!!,!
    26. keramikos keramikos, 5 months ago
      vetraio50, You're more than welcome. Thank you for the opportunity to indulge my somewhat obsessional pursuit of information. };-)

      Google Street View was still more or less in its infancy when The Shambles won that award, and I find it especially interesting now that there are some historical Google Street Views, as well as your cool postcard, for purposes of comparison.

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