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.
I knew that the “King’s Arms” on King’s Staith had a history of flooding, in fact one Tripadvisor review describes it as “The Iconic Pub That Floods“, but on all my previous visits to York I have been fortunate that the River Ouse hasn’t been in flood, making my visit last Sunday a notable exception.
My travelling companion assured me that I would be able to keep our appointment in York, despite the various flood warnings, because he had studied the route carefully and I must admit that we travelled as far as the Fishergate Bar, which provides pedestrian access from Paragon Street, through the city wall, into George Street. Then the day started to take a surreal turn, as we were faced with the River Foss, which had burst its banks.
Later in the afternoon we reached Bridge Street and stood, with quite a crowd of pedestrians, watching the River Ouse distort a scene I thought I knew. The beer garden of the “King’s Arms”, not to mention most of the ground floor, had disappeared and with it any sense remaining sense of normality.
Having said that, from the very same spot on Bridge Street, I could see diners at “The Slug and Lettuce” eating their Sunday lunches in a building that must have had flooded cellars, which leant the afternoon an added, surreal, twist.
York is a city I love and I wish all of the city’s residence, students and visitors well at this difficult time.
Due to the whirl of my own Yorkshire Three Peaks walking challenge I recall the exact position of these two characters in this photograph, but I would say they are stood on Pen-y-ghent, which [according to a certain on-line encyclopaedia] has an elevation of 694 metres (2,277 feet). There was quite a crowd of people walking in Ribbledale that day, but I can’t say I noticed them again as my walking companions and I made our way from peak to peak. Perhaps they had a completely different journey in mind. We’ll probably never know!
I did not take a lot of photographs on my walk around for three reason, because my walking companions and I were walking against the clock (apparently one has to walk up Pen-y-ghent, Ingleborough, Whernside and then get back to where you started within 12 hours before you can say you have done “The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge“), but in the photographs before this one my friends are at the bottom of Pen-y-ghent and in the photographs after this one we are walking towards Ingleborough, which places these two characters on Pen-y-ghent, possible at the summit.
I’m not sure what drew them to me at the time. Perhaps it was combination of the view and orange beanie hat.
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I have spent the last hour looking at cap badges on-line and I’m still not entirely sure which one this chap is wearing! I think it is the cap badge of the Prince of Wales’s Own Regiment of Yorkshire, created in 1958, with the amalgamation of two Yorkshire based Regiments and has since been amalgamated with two more regiments to form the Yorkshire Regiment. I can’t make out the Divisional insignia on his right sleeve, but I think the badge below depicted crossed sabres, the badge of the British Army’s physical training instructors.
Sadly, I haven’t been able to find out anything regarding, “Cecil Studios, Hull“.