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I waited literally years for the right moment to visit York, and by chance the moment came just a week after visiting Beauvais. The contrast between French and English gothic could not have been made more stark. York, of course, was until the industrial revolution the second city of England, if not always by population, then by prestige. It has an archbishop to match Canterbury, gave its name to New York, and was at times the seat of the Council Of The North and, briefly, the royal court.

Bridge over the Ouse Bridge house
The guildhall The guildhall
Mansion House
The city walls The castle museum Clifford's Tower, in the castle The crown court
Approaching the minster All Saints St. Mary's The magistrates' court
The Treasurer's House St. Michael Le Belfrey The minster school A Roman column
York Minster is certainly one of England's greatest cathedrals, with substantial perpendicular work over the earlier nave and chapter house. The west front is, to my mind, unparalleled in England. The nave was designed by one Master Simon, the west towers by Thomas Pak and William Hyndeley, and the quire by Hugh Hedon.
The west towers York Minster The second transept
The towers From the north
The Boer War Memorial The western door The western window, an early example of ogee tracery, long before its extensive use in France The library
The north (main) transept The south (main) transept, destroyed by fire just before my birth and restored with bosses designed by Blue Peter viewers York Minster, with a rare rose window (this one commemorating the union of houses of York and Lancaster)
The crossing The quire screen Kings on the quire screen The chapter house
The quire The chapter house
The quire (the eastern window was under restoration)
The nave The dragon (possibly a pulley) The north secondary transept
A tomb Screen of the quire The tomb of Prince William Of Hatfield The south secondary transept
The Merchant Adventurers' Hall is a guild hall in the style of those found in the City of London, dating from the 1350s. The Merchant Adventurers were granted a charter by Henry VI in 1430.
The Merchant Adventurers' Hall The Merchant Adventurers' Hall The Merchant Adventurers' Hall The Merchant Adventurers' Hall
The Shambles The Shambles The Merchant Adventurers' Hall A gothic lane
St. William's College Timber buildings It hasn't always been a pizzeria
St. Mary's Abbey Timber house The King's Manor The Philosophical Society
Barley Hall Monk Bar St. Helen's Bootham Bar
The College Of Ripon And York (now a university) British Railways A Chinese KF7 class Steam engine
York is also the home of the National Railway Museum, but unfortunately when I visited the famous Mallard was elsewhere.
The train I used to get to the museum The shinkansen I used to get to Kyoto (almost)
The Duchess Of Hamilton, coronation class The Duchess Of Hamilton
Various steam engines The Flying Scotsman, A3 class