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By TrevBatWCC    
A visit to York isn’t complete without a walk down Shambles, the oldest street in York, even if you’ve been down it before.
The word Shambles derives from the Medieval word ‘shamel’ (there are various spellings), meaning bench or booth. It’s also referred to as ‘flesshammel’, which means to do with flesh, and was the street of butchers, many complete with a slaughterhouse at the back of the premises ensuring a ready supply of fresh meat. In 1872 the number of butchers was recorded as 26, but this figure dwindled over the years until the last butcher standing was Dewhurst at number 27 Shambles.
Many of the shops have wide window sills and the meat for sale was displayed here. There are also many of the original butcher’s meat-hooks attached to the shop fronts. The shop here on the left has both features; the meat-hooks can be seen above the name of the shop.
It’s always bustling with visitors, but managed to grab a shot with no-one in the foreground! Grin Being so narrow, even on the sunniest of days, it doesn't get much light, and I was struggling at 1/20 sec on ISO 200 Sad

Techie stuff – see Exif
Single Raw image processed in Adobe Camera Raw, and tweaked in Photomatix Pro & Elements 6.

Thanks again to everyone for your votes & comments on my previous uploads, it really is appreciated and encouraging.
Trev Smile

Tags: York Architecture Shambles

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JackieB 11 18 3 United Kingdom
14 May 2011 3:29PM
A fantastic image, really nice....well done

baclark 12 3.7k 24 United Kingdom
14 May 2011 3:51PM
This is another of the places on my 'must visit' list Trev. Wonderfully Olde Worlde and the damp streets add that extra something too. Very well rendered image.
jeronius 12 2 1 England
14 May 2011 3:52PM
Very stunning Trev.
helenlinda Plus
14 374 22 United Kingdom
14 May 2011 3:55PM
Love the perspective here Trev- lovely strong lines
User_Removed 15 19 United Kingdom
14 May 2011 4:04PM
great shot.
JustDucky 10 8 Canada
14 May 2011 4:12PM
great image
RonnieAG Plus
12 154 119 Scotland
14 May 2011 4:15PM
Superb detail in what must have been more shady areas, and form near f/g to far distance. When I was there in the early 1990's, it was seething with people and almost impossible to get a decent shot. So interesting to read your narrative too, Trev. I seem to remember being amused by a nearbye spot named "Whipmawhapma" Close, or something very similar. Your York series has been great to see.......each and every one so well captured.
cassiecat 13 39 46 England
14 May 2011 4:24PM
very nicely done.lesley
TrevBatWCC Plus
13 13 19 England
14 May 2011 4:25PM
Thanks Barbara. The street and the pavements were not damp - it was beautifully sunny all day - the shininess is due to all the walking over them!
Yes, Ronnie, there is a short street called 'Whip ma whop ma gate' Smile
Trev Smile
Draig37 14 252 United Kingdom
14 May 2011 4:32PM
having been there I know how busy it can be so well done for getting a good image - deserves a click for that alone let alone a well-treated image.
pluckyfilly 15 351 33 United Kingdom
14 May 2011 4:33PM
I remember visiting this street a few years back and enjoyed seeing it then and again now in your photo, brilliant place - I remember Dewhurst's as well, we had one in our local town but my mum liked Sim's and always shopped thereWink
mrswoolybill Plus
15 3.0k 2465 United Kingdom
14 May 2011 4:53PM
Love the way you've included the glowing golden light in that window as a contrast.
gingerdelight 15 298 11 United Kingdom
14 May 2011 5:22PM
Wow this is stunning Trev! Excellently composed and captured, well done!
Canonshots 11 206 13 United Kingdom
14 May 2011 5:41PM
Hackneyed though the subject is, this interpretation of it is great. Did you have to wait ages for the crowds to disperse or did you take advantage of a rare opportunity? Either way, well done.
Briwooly 16 454 6 England
14 May 2011 6:48PM
Excellent Trev one of the best I've seen of this spot every time I go its like a football crowd

twelvemegs 11 6 United Kingdom
14 May 2011 7:09PM
Super shot Trev. I really like the pov.
Its amazing where you’ve got the light from, as it was pretty dark in them there Shambles.

cabbie Plus
14 31 United Kingdom
14 May 2011 8:56PM
Have vote 30 on me Trevor excellent work

Daisymaye Plus
13 23 20 Canada
15 May 2011 1:25AM
Fabulous Trev, love this. ...........Sandy
astyag 14 12
15 May 2011 7:33AM
The tone map looks fantastic Smile
LesF 15 182 9
15 May 2011 9:15AM
Not an easy shot in this location, you have managed to keep people in the shot to a distance and managed to keep out of the image lots of the modern day trappings. All in all it really does give a feel of old York as was, well done Trevor

15 May 2011 11:29AM
great place superbly photographed,well done trev.ray
SlowSong Plus
13 9.9k 30 England
15 May 2011 11:59AM
This could be an illustration in a book Trev. Very nicely done.
Lillian Plus
12 23 17 United Kingdom
15 May 2011 1:49PM
What strikes me first have you cleared all the people from the front of the imageGrin...
such a 'fantastic' shot and must say great composition and colour outstanding
Great write up as alway's
Mavis 19 143 2 England
15 May 2011 4:29PM
Thanks for the information on the Butchers working in the Shambles Trev. A great colourful view xxx
RockArea 15 18 3 United Kingdom
15 May 2011 5:03PM
Super! You have the light where it counts and it's a clean crisp and colourful shot.

15 May 2011 5:38PM
Excellent street scene.
Sue_R 15 11 6 United Kingdom
15 May 2011 6:26PM
Quaint little street, beautifully captured.

Sue Smile
dathersmith 14 565 12 United Kingdom
17 May 2011 4:14PM
Great shot Trevor, love the processing.

Sezz 16 619 15 England
22 May 2011 3:59PM
Superb view-point for this one Trev, such a wonderful place, I fell in love with it! Just wish I lived a bit closer Smile

Sarah *
MikeRC 16 3.6k United Kingdom
28 May 2011 12:32PM
Superb image always.
Alandyv8 10 2 1
4 Jul 2011 3:59PM
great shot, really like the warm tones from the lit window on the left, nice processing adds texture but keeps it real looking, nice one,


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