After a nice long drive from Cambridge, we went to Barton-Upon-Humber and visited some friends. We also stayed for a few nights there before we moved onto our next destination.
When we were in Barton-Upon-Humber, we quickly stopped at Alkborough turf maze.
A very a mysterious ancient site overlooking the convergence of the Humber and Trent. It also gave us a nice view of the river Humber.
The Humber Bridge
Not far from Barton-Upon-Humber, they took us to Yorkshire, historic county located in northern England.
The first place we checked was THE SHAMBLES OF YORK.
The name is thought to derive from ‘Shammel’, an Anglo-Saxon word for the shelves which were a prominent feature of the open shop-fronts*. (www.historyofyork.org.uk)
The Shambles was a street of butcher’s shops and houses with a slaughterhouse behind it. Meats were displayed and hung outside the shops and laid for sale.
I could imagine the smell of this place
way back in the 1400s.
The Shambles is now is a very popular destination with tourists as they still have the ambiance of what it was
like centuries ago.
Instead of the meat, the street is now filled with souvenir shops, restaurants, and cafes.
Some of the timber framed building still
exist in the Shambles.
We arrived early morning which was great because
there weren’t many tourists yet.
If you are observant, you can still see some of the original
butcher’s meat-hooks in front of the shops.
Great overcast weather made our
walk even better.
It’s worth checking some of the souvenir items you
can find along the streets of Shambles.
The streets was so narrow. It was believed that this could have protected the meat from any direct sunshine*.
Which makes sense!
As a tourist, It’s was a great idea that I did some research about the history of Shambles. It allowed me to travel back to the past when the streets was busy with butchers
selling their meat.
If you are planning to visit Yorkshire,
You must include SHAMBLES in your itinerary.