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

Between St. Helen's Square & Petergate

Stonegate, York The main shopping street in the old Minster centred region of the city, this ancient paved way has its origins in Roman times, for it heads towards the site of the Military Headquarters Building. By the Middle Ages, it was being used to transport stone from barges moored near the Guildhall, direct to the Minster.

It is a lively pedestrianized street, popular with street entertainers: musicians, mimes, jugglers and artists. There are many ancient buildings, mostly converted to gift shops, books shops, restaurants and the like. The rare beam pub sign of the 'Old Starre Inn' dominates the thoroughfare. Other notable features are more hidden: the Norman House, the 'Little Devil' Corbel and the entrances to various 'snickelways'.

Next Stop: Snickelways

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