We went on a coach excursion to York. It was not a photographic trip but I was still hoping to manage a few pictures despite the dull conditions and the fact that I was with people who were not photographers.
York is not a large city; in 2011 the population was only 198,051, but it has a long impressive history. It was founded in 71AD by the Romans who named it “Eboracum”.
It was the Danish invaders in 866 who called the city “Jorvic”, the name which has come down to us as “York”.
The minster is the seat of the Archbishop of York who is only superseded in the hierarchy of the Church of England by the archbishop of Canterbury. A “minster”, in Anglo-Saxon times, was a missionary teaching church. The building, however, has long been a cathedral, that is a building which houses a bishop’s throne (cathedra).
York Minster is a very large and impressive structure. It is, however, difficult to capture the whole of the building in one photograph.
This picture shows one of the minster's towers in the background. The structure in the foreground is the city wall with part of a gateway to the left of the shot.
The gentleman in the foreground who is staring at me with much malevolence is, in actual fact, a friend.