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David Ford, History Editor Ancient York
by David Nash Ford BA,
Editor, History on Britannia

Between Bootham Bar & King's Square

Lower Petergate Lined with a myriad of designer clothing, reproduction furniture, antique and gift shops, this busy shopping street runs almost the complete width of old Roman York from Bootham Bar to King's Square. The nearby Minster that overshadows Petergate indicates the origin of its name: the cathedral is dedicated to St. Peter. It is the home of Scott's, the famous butchers and the well-known statuette of Minerva who salutes the city's academic traditions. It is also the chosen venue for many a local street performer.

Petergate is best known as the residence of the young Guy Fawkes and his parents, long before the former plotted to blow up King James I. A more sympathetic character, Sir Thomas Herbert, groom of the bedchamber to Charles I, also lived here, in Petergate House. He attended the King on the scaffold.

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