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
  • Fossgate
    January 24, 2013, No comments

    Fossgate was part of the Roman’s south easterly route from their fortress. Named after the River Foss it was made a proper street in the Viking era when a wooden […]

  • Fairfax House, Castlegate
    January 24, 2013, No comments

    Built in the first half of the 18th century, probably before 1735, Fairfax House was acquired by Charles Gregory the Ninth Viscount Fairfax, from whom its name derives, in 1759. […]

  • Clifford’s Tower – York Castle
    October 17, 2012, No comments

    Clifford’s Tower is the last remaining part of one of the two castles built in York in 1068 by William the Conqueror. Originally part of York Castle on the West […]

  • Walmgate Bar, York City Walls
    October 17, 2012, No comments

    York’s most complete and recognisable Bar still comprises its defensive barbican, portcullis and oak doors. In fact Walmgate Bar is the only town gate in England to survive with its […]

  • Bootham Bar, York City Walls
    October 10, 2012, No comments

    Located on a site that has had a gateway into York since 71AD the current three storey stone tower replaced an original and much smaller wooden structure built by the […]

  • Monk Bar, York City Walls
    October 9, 2012, No comments

    Monk Bar is the tallest of the four Bars measuring 19.2m and the most intricately designed, in both ornate appearance and from a structural perspective as all four storeys can […]

  • Mickelgate Bar, York City Walls
    October 9, 2012, No comments

    Taking its name from Mykill (Great) and Gata (Street) Micklegate Bar is the prestigious entrance to within the City Walls at which important guests from London and the Monarchy would […]

  • York City Walls
    October 9, 2012, No comments

    One of the great attractions that York is most recognised for are the City Walls guarding the perimeter of the once much smaller city. Stretching 2.75 miles (including the gaps) […]

  • The Hospitium, Museum Gardens
    June 20, 2012, No comments

    Located in Museum Gardens, the Hospitium, taking its name from the word ‘hospitality’, rather than ‘hospital’ was built around the 14th century as one of St Mary’s Abbey’s support buildings. […]

  • The Observatory, Museum Gardens
    June 14, 2012, No comments

    The oldest working observatory in Yorkshire was built in 1832-1833 and is located in Museum Gardens. The first meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science held at […]