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York: City Trail

York, YO1 7HH

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Begin your adenture at the front of the magnificent York Minster.
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York Minster
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Begin your adenture at the front of the magnificent York Minster.

Walk closer to this point to reveal a question.

Look for a cast bronze modal of the city titled the York Millenium Project. Which building relates to marker number 8 on the modal?

Hint: Two words

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The iconic Minster was completed in 1472 after several centuries of construction. It was badly damaged by a fire in 1984 and saved thanks to the efforts of 114 firefighters from across the area.

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Bootham Bar
Photo: York Art Gallery
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Head along High Petergate, the road leading west away from the Minster, until you reach an old gatehouse. Search for a rectangular plaque on the outer city wall titled Roman Fortress.

This plaque marks the site of the Porta Principalis Dextra, otherwise known as the...?

Hint: Three words

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There has been a gate here for nearly 2,000 years. The existing structure (built between 11th-14th centuries) is not Roman, but is on the site of one of the four main entrances to the Roman fortress. In 1501 a door knocker was added for Scots who were required to knock and seek permission to enter.

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Exhibition Square
1807 illustration
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Carefully cross the road and head to Exhibition Square, the large paved area outside the York Art Gallery. Head to the large statue in the centre of the square.

What is the name of the figure the statue represents?

Hint: Two words

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Since Roman times York has been defended by city walls. York currently has more miles of intact wall than any other city in England. The Roman walls were built around 71AD, though the course and structure of the walls have been substantially altered since.

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Museum Gardens
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Leave Exhibition Square and turn right, walk past York Theatre Royal, then turn right at the junction. After a short distance you'll reach Museum Gardens.

Just to the right of the park gates you'll find an old drinking fountain built into the wall. Which year can be found on the fountain?

Hint: 4-digit year

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The Museum Gardens are on the former grounds of Sy. Mary's Abbey. The abbey, built in 1088, was once one of the prosperous abbeys in Northern England before it was closed by Henry VIII's Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1548. Its ruins can be explored inside Museum Gardens.

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Old Post Office
Map: Friends of York Walls
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Carefully cross the road and head along Lendal, directly away from the Museum Gardens. Continue until you reach the old Post Office building on the right.

Carved in the lintel above one of the doorways find the year in which this Post Office was erected.

Hint: 4-digit year

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York was originally known as Eboracum, after the Roman fort Eburaci. The first recorded mention of the fort dates back to 95–104 AD.

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Coat of Arms
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Continue along Lendal, which shortly becomes Corey Street. Search the junction with New Street for an ornate coat of arms mural (shortly after St Martin le Grand church).

Which Latin words can be found on the coat of arms?

Hint: Two words

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The Latin translated into English means ‘For the benefit of all’., the motto of the former Beckett’s Bank, The bank operated between 1774 and 1921 before a merger. It is now part of the NatWest banking group.

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St Sampson’s Square
Photo: Daily Echo
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Walk along New Street, then turn right and follow Davygate until you reach St Sampson’s Square.

High above the corner entrance find the year this building was constructed.

Hint: 4-digit year

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You could barely move around here in late Victorian times. As there wasn't enough space for all the market traders an Act of Parliament was sought to create a new, wider street by clearing old buildings - to this day it's still named Parliament Street.

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St Sampson’s Church
Photo: York Press
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Head left and cross St Sampson’s Square. A short distance along Church Street head to a church which is now St Sampson’s Centre. Look for a green plaque on the former church building.

In 1974 the redundant church was taken over by which organisation?

Hint: Three words

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St Sampson's Square for many years was known as Thursday Market, before it was merged with the city's secons market (Pavement Market) on Parliament Street.

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York Market
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Turn right behind St Sampson’s Centre onto Patrick Pool street. At the end of the short street search for a plaque on the wall (at the junction with Newgate).

The plaque explains how this building was once a meeting place for Methodists. Though the room was destroyed by a fire, around which year was the present room built to replace it?

Hint: 4-digit year

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Patrick Pool street was much larger in the medieval period. Historians believe the name 'pool' suggests it was a boggy area, and that the street was built over the remains of the Roman Baths. Number 6 Patrick Pool is a Grade II listed timber framed building dating back to 1600

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The Shambles
The Shambles in 1932
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Turn left and follow Newgate until you reach the start of The Shambles nearby. This is one of the most iconic streets in York.

Around halfway along The Shables look for a building with a crooked and overlapped second floor. On this spot is a shrine to Saint - who - of Clitherow. ...

Hint: One word

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The Shambles (said to named from the anglo-saxon work 'Shammel' meaning shelves) is arguably the best preserved medieval street in the world. Originally it was a street of butchers shops, with many having a slaughterhouse at the back. The narrow buildings are to protect the meat from sunlight.

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Sir Thomas Herbert
Coin of Emperor Vespasian
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Continue along The Shambles then carefully cross Pavement street. Search the old tudor-style building opposite for a plaque above Lady Pecketts Yard.

In which year was Sir Thomas Herbert, a Parliamentarian and close friend to King Charles I, born in this house?

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The first settlement at York was the Roman fort of Eboarcum, founded during the reign of the Roman Emperor Vespasian in the year AD 71. Substantial remains of the Roman legionary fortress headquarters were discovered underneath the York Minster

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Coppergate Crossroads
Coppergate dig, Jorvik Centre
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Continue right along Pavement street, then carefully cross Piccadilly and follow Coppergate street until it ends.

Find the name of this building in the lintel above one of its doorways.

Hint: Two words

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Coppergate (meaning ‘street of the cup-makers') was originally a glass-making district during the time of the Roman empire. The area was abandoned before the viking re-occupied it during the 9th century. In the 1970's the 'Coppergate dig' uncovered 40,000 archaeological items.

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Magistrates Court
York Herald
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Continue leftwards along Clifford Street until you reach the ornate Magistrates Court. Carefully cross then look for a large sandstone 'memorial stone' on the right-side of the building opposite.

The memorial stone was laid by Sir Joseph Sykes rymer, what was his title? Note: There is more than one memorial stone, ensure you find the right one :).

Hint: Four words

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This panorama by Edwin Ridsdale Tate shows York in the 15th century. Many of the cities well-known buildings can be seen, including York Minster, Ouse Bridge, and Clifford's Tower.

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Clifford's Tower
Reconstruction of York Castle (1400)
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Continue until you reach Clifford's Tower, one of Yorks most iconic sites. At the bottom of the long stairway to the entrance look for a timeline display integrated into the footpath.

Search the timeline and find the year in which the name Clifford's Tower was first mentioned in 'official letters'.

Hint: 4-digit year

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Clifford's Tower is the name of the keep of the former York Castle. The first motte and bailey castle was built in 1068 following the Norman conquest of York. Throughout it's history the castle was rebuilt and refortified numerous times, and was last used as a jail until 1929.

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St George’s Hall Cinema
York Press
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Turn left onto Tower Street then left onto Castlegate. Look for a plaque on the wall of the old St. George's Theatre.

The cinema closed in 1965, but for how many years did it operate?

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The first film shown on opening day was the silent film 'Three Men in a Boat'. The cinema was a popular source of entertainment until it eventually closed in 1965.

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Foss Bridge
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After a short walk turn right at St Mary’s church into Coppergate Shopping Centre. Turn right and cut-through until you reach Piccadilly. Cross Piccadilly and take the road in front of the Red Lion pub until you reach Walmgate.

Look for a stone plaque high on the building opposite Foss Bridge House. The former hospital and school house was for the instruction of 'ten poor women' and how many poor boys?

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The River Foss merges with the Ouse in York. The river was onced dammed by William the Conqueror to create a moat for York Castle, forming a large lake known as the "King's Pool" or the "King's Fish Pond". This lake once acted as part of the city defences and also provided fish for the market.

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Whip-Ma-Whop-Ma-Gate
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Turn left and walk along Walkgate until you return to Pavement Street. Carefully cross to St Crux church at the junction with Whip-Ma-Whop-Ma-Gate.

Look for a rectangular plaque on St Crux church. In whichyear was Whip-Ma-Whop-Ma-Gate known as 'Whitnourwhatnourgate'?

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Did you know that York's walls are the most complete example of Medieval walls in England? You can walk most of the 2.75 miles of historic walls which offer incredible views of the city.

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Kings Square
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Continue along Whip-Ma-Whop-Ma-Gate. until you reach a square (called Kings Square). Head up onto the raised flagstone platform.

Find a newer stone featuring an etching of a church titled 'Holy Trinity church'. the church stood on this site until which year?

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Cross Keys Junction
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Return to Kings Square, then at the junction turn right onto Goodramgate. follow the street until you reach a junction at the Cross Keys pub. Search the Tudor-style building on the opposite corner for another rectangular plaque.

George Hudson, three times Lord Mayor of York, was known by which nickname?

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Our Lady's Row
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At the end of Kings Square turn right onto Goodramgate. After a short distance you'll find a gate in the wall to the left of an ancient row of houses known as Our Lady's Row.

Just inside the gate a circular blue plaque can be found in memory of Anne Lister. The lesbian and diarist sealed her usion at this spot with who?

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Anne Lister's plaque, unveiled in 2018, was Britain’s first rainbow plaque. However, the plaque was reworded after backlash over the original description of 'gender-nonconforming which was later chenged to 'lesbian'.

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Minster Sundial
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Follow College Street then head leftwards around the Minster. Look for a sundial above the side-entrance of the Minster.

Which three Latin words can be found above the sundial?

Hint: Three words (5, 10, 5).

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