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York...The Minster,and Castle Museum Gardens.part 2..

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Time to continue to York Minster.The first recorded Church on this site was a wooden structure,built in 627 AD..and over the Centuries,it has been the subject of numerous fires,and severe damage..The last one being as recent as 1984
Each time, it has been extended and rebuilt.It now is mainly of English Gothic style,and built of Magnesium Limestone from the nearby Quarry in Tadcaster..As you will see,work is permanently on going ,so it’s not possible to get a photo without some kind of scaffolding,but it is still a magnificent building,despite this .The stained glass windows are beautiful..This is only the frontage of the Minster,so if you decide to visit ,please allow yourselves plenty of time to see it all,especially as you will probably have to queue if you want to go inside..a must if it’s your first time..


A short stroll to the River Ouse,before we visit the Castle Museum Gardens.. Pleasure Cruises are plentiful ,as are other boats moored up,with food,drinks etc.I loved the Icecream boat :o)


Into the Gardens and Abbey,and a look at the flowers and plants..and the Birthday Boy :o)
The 10 Acre Gardens were established in1830’s by the Yorkshire Philosophical Society

We made our way to a timber clad building,called the Hospitum ,which was used for visitors and guests of Henry the 8th to stay.The ground floor and stone is Medieval ,and is used for Conferences and Wedding venues..so what’s going on with all those people? How lovely..a Wedding ! Many Congratulations to them :o)


Onward to the ruins of St Mary’s Abbey now..This was the largest and wealthiest of all Benedictine Institutions.
The foundations date back to 1088,and Henry 8th banished all monks in England in the 1530’s..They were ‘pensioned’ off in 1540,and the Abbey buildings were converted into a Palace,where he stayed when visiting York..Enjoy the wonderful Architecture,whilst we take a break,with a take away sandwich..(Greggs ! ) lol,and a drink..we were certainly ready for it,on one of our infrequent warm days..:o)


Lunch break over..on towards the Museum..We visited this many years ago..when both this and the Minster had free entry.but it still is a busy place ,with no lack of visitors..so interesting,with so much to see,including a replica of a Victorian Street,with all it’s sights and smells..most of it not very pleasant,but authentic of the era..

Almost time to leave now,so just a couple of more shots before we head off to Wetherby for an overnight stay,then we moved on to Harrogate,and Ripon for the second day of a lovely weekend break,with another overnight stay..I don’t know the lady sitting there,but I could hardly ask her to move :o)


I hope you have enjoyed seeing a very small part of this wonderful City..and if possible,put it on your bucket list of places to visit..you won’t be disappointed :o)

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Beautiful tour love the gardens thanks you for sharing Bloomer love the photo of you and your hubby . What glorious structures church and Abbeys are my favourite church and Abbey is Bolton Abbey and church .
My great grand dads back to the 1500s was first name registered in Kingswood Abbey still but Bristol now holds these records would love to have seen that Abbey even though I am not religious at all. They had Cockshoot house and Rowles Farm and ran Haresfield manor nr Wooton under Edge

17 Sep, 2015

 

You look to have had a lovely time Sandra. As you know, York is one of my favourite places too. I didn't know the history behind St Mary's Abbey, but I had guessed old Henry was involved somewhere. He and Anne have been guilty of destroying many wonderful ecclesiastical buildings. The lady in the picture looks a bit like my Aunty Christine. I hope it isn't 'cause she'll probably still be there :0) I'm so glad that the weather was kind to you. Looking forward to the next part, with Ripon and Harrogate :))

17 Sep, 2015

 

Really enjoyable, thanks Bloomer
the Minster is exceptional, the Rose window is it?........stunning

haven't been to St Marys but did visit Fountains Abbey last year , the visitor's centre wasvery informative telling the story in a sort of time line from its conception to destruction ..... H8 again of course

look forward to part 3....😄

17 Sep, 2015

 

A beautiful place Sandra. So much history. Thank You.

17 Sep, 2015

 

Thank you 3d..I love anything to do with History and Architectural buildings ,especially old Churches and Abbeys,etc,although I'm not religious either.but we can appreciate the beauty and work that has gone into to them.You have a heritage to be proud of with your family..how nice to know all that :o)
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Thanks Julia..it really was a wonderful weekend..If only I had known ,I could have asked that lady's name :o) Sorry,but there won't be a part three,as I posted a blog and photo's about Harrogate,a few years ago..well,the Valley Gardens to be precise..Ripon is ok,but just a carbon copy of most other North Yorkshire towns..with a central square..and shops around it,although they do have a Cathedral..tucked away down a side street :o)
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Glad you enjoyed it Pam,thank you..I presume it might be the rose window,but can't say for certain..Fountain's Abbey is our favourite place,and have been several times,when we have stayed near Harrogate..I have done a couple of blogs and photo's on that as well :o) and again ,sorry.but this is all we visited this time round...maybe some other part of the City another time..:o)
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Thank you Paul...did you ever go there when you were in England? if not,it's a must on your next visit :o)

17 Sep, 2015

amy
Amy
 

Hello Birthday Boy :o) you've given a perfect description of this beautiful city Sandra and some lovely photos to go with it ,did you see the squirrels in the park they weren't at all shy also when we were there they had a display of Owls flying from tree to tree I was amazed they didn't just take off somewhere ... Thank you for showing and reminding us of happy days spent in York x

17 Sep, 2015

 

It looks very familiar Sandra, but I'm not certain. I've seen St. Marks Church which was bombed in WWII. Made me angry.

The 2nd picture gives me deja vu. I know I've stood right there on that corner. That was 1992.

17 Sep, 2015

 

Great photos Bloomer.

17 Sep, 2015

 

Thanks Amy..We didn't see any squirrels ,but the Owls were on display ..Weren't they lovely? They were resting while we were there..We could just have done with an extra hour there,but we had to catch a bus back to Tadcaster...free parking all day,at two car parks there,then only a 30 minute bus ride, right into the city..free also for us with a bus pass..can't beat it ! better than park and ride for us,anyway.. Mind you,we do live this side of Tadcaster,so it was ideal ;o)I'm glad it brought back a happy memory for you ..xx

17 Sep, 2015

 

I guess you saw a few of similar appearance on your travels,Paul..I don't know of a St Marks Church there.We could have stood on the very same spot,in the second photo.:o).I think it's a favourite view for a lot of people..

17 Sep, 2015

 

Thank you Linda,pleased you enjoyed the visit :o)

17 Sep, 2015

 

Great Blog. Nice picture of you two on the bench. Happy Birthday to OH and many more!

17 Sep, 2015

 

Super tour Bloomer lovely photos of a wonderful city, York is on my - ever growing - list! thank you so much for this follow up blog most enjoyable and informative :o)

17 Sep, 2015

 

Thanks Paul..We were trying to take a 'selfie',but we were hopeless ! Lol. so a kind lady sitting opposite,offered to take one for us .. I will pass on your good wishes to the Birthday boy :o)

17 Sep, 2015

 

Thank you Neellan..I'm sure you will get there one day,you would love it :o) Good shopping too ! :o)

17 Sep, 2015

 

Lovely informative blog Sandra, just right for me to show Michael as he has been talking of a week in your area next year. Russell appears to be the tour guide, standing by that sign, so we'll book you both up for our guides please! :o)

17 Sep, 2015

 

Appreciate your blog Bloomer.

17 Sep, 2015

 

:o)

17 Sep, 2015

 

Lovely blog Sandra, and you were lucky with the weather too. That shot of the front of the Minster was very like the first photo I ever took with my "new" second hand box camera when I was nine... Not that wanted a photo of it but my Dad told me to take it!

The gardens are good too - I wonder how they get Hydrangea Annabel (if that's what it is) to stand up straight? Ours always fall over when the heavy flowers come out.

17 Sep, 2015

 

Thank you Bloomer.

17 Sep, 2015

 

York Minster is the finest medieval building in Europe.

Bloomer - try reading a Bible . Especially the words of
St.John. Its a good way to start.

18 Sep, 2015

 

Thanks Shirley..you would need at least a week,it's a big county !.I would put you on the list for a guided tour,but we would probably go 'off topic',as on here..you might not see as much as you intended :o)
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Thanks Klahanie..pleased you enjoyed a small part of this City..
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Thanks Sue..I wonder how many of us have taken a photo just at that spot? I don't know the variety of the Hydrangea,but it was beautiful..
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Yes,I believe it is Diane..

18 Sep, 2015

 

Beautiful pictures and the Minster is certainly an imposing building .i am determined to get to York one day but not sure when....always seem too busy to get away!

18 Sep, 2015

 

Thanks Paul..It's worth making time for..even in winter,if you take a break from Gardening and all things Piratey :o)

18 Sep, 2015

 

Ha ha...yes very Piratey at the moment. Off to a local shopping centre tomorrow (Royals,Southend on sea) to be a pirate and bookings are coming in thick and fast and then in October it's the wizard for Haloween and before you know it....its that one we mustn't mention yet .In fact, I took the big man's beard,moustache and hair to the hairdresser today to be spruced up for this year!

18 Sep, 2015

 

Lol..It's good you are keeping busy,Paul..and so glad you didn't mention,you know what..Cards on sale already ..bah humbug ! I hope his Coiffure is up to standard..did he need his roots doing? :o)

18 Sep, 2015

 

Wonderful tour. To those who mentioned that they looked with pleasure at a church even though they are not religious. Don't worry, looking at a church won't make you pious, looking at the Parthenon won't make you a pagan, and looking at a cucumber won't make you a vegetarian.

19 Sep, 2015

 

Thank you Loosestrife...each to their own,as they say :o)

19 Sep, 2015

 

You have really brought York and it's beautiful buildings to life on this blog. It is a remarkable city and has so much character. You both look lovely on the photos and were obviously being in such a splendid place.

So glad you had such a good time.

19 Sep, 2015

 

Thank you Chris..who wouldn't be happy in a place like York? even though we have been many times,there are still things we haven't seen yet..a good excuse to go back :o)

19 Sep, 2015

 

I have only been to York once and would love to see it again. Edinburgh is somewhere else I would like to see and Durham and numerous others!

19 Sep, 2015

 

You would like Edinburgh Chris..last time we went was to the Tattoo,many years ago..just brilliant..not been to Durham,which is somewhere we keep thinking about..but still haven't made it..only passed by on our way to somewhere else...one of these days ,hopefully.:o)

20 Sep, 2015

 

Lovely blog !!

23 Sep, 2015

 

Thank you Kidsgran..:o)

23 Sep, 2015

 

The Minster is an imposing building and one to be proud of, lovely photos of you and yours, and thanks again for the blog and the history.....

7 Oct, 2015

 

It is a lovely sight,Angela..in fact there are still buildings we haven't seen properly yet.Another visit will put that right :o) So glad you enjoyed it ..x

7 Oct, 2015

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