All posts by Ian Ashworth

York resident and regular contributor. Fascinated by this historic city and always keen to promote local, independent businesses. The man taking the photographs and tweeting from @Jorvik
  • Bar Convent
    February 8, 2013, No comments

    The Bar Convent in Blossom Street, York, is home to the Congregation of Jesus Community, founded by Mary Ward, whose Sisters have been serving the City of York for over […]

  • Barley Hall
    February 8, 2013, No comments

    York’s Barley Hall, a splendid medieval house and a Grade II listed building, was, until 1987, concealed beneath a comparatively modern frontage of a neglected office block. Amazingly the stunning […]

  • The Chocolate City
    February 5, 2013, No comments

    One of York’s claims to fame is its illustrious chocolate connections. The evocative names of Rowntree’s and Terry’s of York are synonymous with the city. Think Smarties, All Gold, Aero, […]

  • The Railway Revolution
    February 5, 2013, No comments

    19th century York, along with the rest of the UK, was turned around by the onset of the railways. Life changed ever increasingly in line with the rail network’s development; […]

  • Bishopthorpe Palace
    February 5, 2013, No comments

    Bishopthorpe Palace, the official residence of the Archbishop of York, was originally constructed between 1241 and 1250 by Archbishop Walter de Grey. The Archbishop bought the then village of Thorpe […]

  • Castle Howard
    February 5, 2013, No comments

    Castle Howard, a Baroque Grade I listed building, is one of the most palatial (having 145 rooms) country houses in England and not a castle at all. It is set […]

  • Terry’s of York
    February 5, 2013, No comments

    Terry’s chocolate and confectionery business has an illustrious history. The Terry family has been immersed in the highly successful chocolate concern for generations. Existing as a confectionery concern originally begun […]

  • Roman York
    January 30, 2013, No comments

    In AD 71 the Romans decided to quell local skirmishes in the north of England and the Ninth Legion marched on the York area, choosing to settle in the marshy […]

  • George Leeman
    January 30, 2013, No comments

    Eminent politician, lawyer, and businessman George Leeman, who was born in York in 1809, left his imprint on the city with his drive and contribution to the up and coming […]

  • Castlegate
    January 30, 2013, No comments

    Castlegate as its name implies was and is the narrow thoroughfare leading to York Castle and where, as in other parts of the city, contrasting periods of architecture stand in […]