Upon this street where time has died.
The golden treat you never tried.
In times of old, in days gone by.
- Deserted Cities of the Heart, Cream
York can boast of many nice and pleasant streets where the historical atmosphere and the joys of modern life blends together perfectly well. The cosiest of all these streets is Stonegate, and this is a street I walk very often whenever I move about in the city centre, either due to convenience or solely for the pleasure. The following array of pictures maps the street from its southernmost point where it runs into Blake Street up to the junction of High Petergate, Low Petergate, Stonegate and Minstergate.
Throw your love around
- Shiny Happy People, R.E.M.
The Punch Bowl has a very atmosphere and I look forward to try their food at some point.
Their ice cream is very taste, and it reminded me of the ice cream in Rome.
The above pictures were taken on a different day, just before arriving at Debbie's. I've never been able to like these living statues, ever since I first encountered one in Rome that freaked me out a little.
But Peter, who was very naughty, ran straight away to Mr. McGregor's garden
-The Tale of Peter Rabbit, Beatrix Potter
I have no idea who this figure is meant to depict, nor when or why it was made. These questions puzzle me.
One of the possible birthplaces of Guy Fawkes.
They have very tasty meat pies here.
The printer's devil, also called the Stonegate Devil. He has managed to charm people into putting him on postcards
Betty's Tearoom is situated in St. Helen's Square just down the street and people stand in line to get in. Little Bettys Cafe is perhaps less trendy, but apparently much more cosy.
Stonegate and Minstergate were previously the home of several printers and bookbinders.
Yes, 'twas Minerva's self; but ah! how changed,
Since o'er the Darman field in arms she ranged!
- The Curse of Minerva, George Gordon Lord Byron
This figure depicting Pallas Athene/Minerva is a reminder of the age of bookprinters and bookbinders.