Voted Britain’s most picturesque street in the 2010 Google Street View awards, The Shambles, together with adjacent Colliergate and King’s Square, is the focus of the 8th book in York Archaeological Trust’s popular Oral History series. The designation ‘picturesque’, although appropriate today, belies a rich and earthy history which has been brought to life once again by Van Wilson, using recollections of local people, historical research and archive images.
Most famously, The Shambles has a long tradition as a street of butchers, going back some 800 years, and butchers and butchery feature heavily in the book. York street directories list 24 butchers in The Shambles in 1830. Today the York Sausage Shop is all that is left to remind us of this important trade, although several present-day shops have stall risers, meat hooks, shamels and canopies.
Excellent pages, minimal edge and cover wear.