Tuesday, 5 April 2016


Here is Micklegate Post Office just the place to buy postcards to mail home if visiting York.  One step to browse the postcards on the right, enter to buy them and the stamps and then pop them in the Royal Mail box outside.  There is a handily placed bench outside the Micklegate Fisheries to eat fish and chips in the sunshine.

This block of buildings is, as you have now guessed, is on Micklegate (a name from the Norse, mykla gata, meaning Great Street).  The timbered black and white building is probably 16th Century and was restored in 1967 when it was estimated it was only ten years away from collapse. The lower portion is divided into shops, and has been throughout the centuries,  in past ages they were butchers shops and it is thought that is one of the reasons the building survived.  I am not sure of the dates of the other two buildings but would guess the one in the middle might be 17th Century and possibly the post office building is 18th Century. I believe there has been a post office here since 1842 (two years after the world's first adhesive postage stamp, the Penny Black, was issued).

One way to walk along Micklegate is to enter through
Micklegate Bar, one of the entrances to the walled city of York since Medieval times.  Traditionally when the reigning monarch approaches the gate they have to ask the permission of the Lord Mayor to enter the city.  Here is the present Queen in 2012 outside the gate when she had come to give out the Maundy Money at York Minster on the Thursday before Easter Good Friday.
From Friends of York Walls page
An entry to ABC Wednesday, a journey through the alphabet, this week sojourning at M here


Norma Ruttan said...

I love this style of architecture! How wonderful that the building was restored.

Melody Steenkamp said...

oh how wonderful that looks... i would love to take a walk there

Have a nice abc-wednesday-day / - week
♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫ (abc-w-team)

carol l mckenna said...

Excellent post and fascinating town ~ Great photos and so delightful!

Wishing you peace in your day ~ ^_^

Photo Cache said...

The style of architecture is amazing.


Roger Owen Green said...

impressive structure!


Leslie: said...

I will have to make a point of checking out this section of York when I get there this summer. I'm staying in North Yorkshire for about a week and my friend from there is taking me to stay a night in York. Have been there before but just for a few hours and it was ages ago. So looking forward to it.

abcw team

Murthy K v v s said...

Post office always intrigues me to buy variety of post cards,envelops and stamps.I have lot of collection through my penfriends.Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

How neat that they kept that tradition:) It must have been a significant moment!
Joy, finally, I am posting the pastel painting I made from the photo you let me use. Am posting it today (Wednesday) in the post "Surrounded by Beauty" Am running this post from Wednesday to next week Wednesday -
but from Sunday - next Wed. I'm running the meme called Seasons, which means that this post will move down

(I hesitate to put a permalink in your comment, since I've heard that that messes up some blogs.
If you can't find it, let me know _ I'll try to find your email and put the permalink in there.
Again, I can't thank you enough for the pleasure painting your view has brought me.

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

I LOVE the tudor building, as well as the Micklegate Bar entrance. It is so much fun to get to visit a foreign city through the eyes of a blogger. Blessings!