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The row of trees, reflected in the flood water, usually mark the bank along the River Ouse. The ground between the trees and Tower Street is usually occupied by a park. Beyond the Skeldergate Bridge the flood waters of the Ouse have joined those of the Fosse.

Clifford’s Tower, one of a group of buildings and green spaces that form an area known as York Castle, affords excellent views of York and I should think it has done since the reign of King Henry III. Clifford’s Tower, currently maintained and garrisoned by the staff of English Heritage, seemed to be a popular spot to stand and try and absorb the enormity of the situation.

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Clifford’s Tower.