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Wednesday, 25 August 2004
High Petergate II

York High Petergate

This is a detail above the entrance of the shop, that I posted yesterday.  When I first saw these streetnames, I assumed that the term gate had some reference to the gates of the medieval city wall.  Of course they are derived from the old Norse word Gata, meaning street. 

The shortest street in York (which is also the street with the longest name) is Whipmawhopmagate. It is said that this is the street where the dogs called whappets were whipped on St Lukes Day. 

Some of this information should surely be taken with a pinch of salt.

Posted by bigblue on 25/08/2004 at 09:11 PM
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