Yorkshire, England - York

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Our second visit to York, on a Saturday, was uncrowded at first, when we walked on the old Medieval city wall, where much restoration has occurred.  At the south end we stopped at the York Quilt Center which had an enjoyable exhibit, in a very attractive 1500's building but unfortunately no photos at all were allowed.     

By noon the narrow streets of York were unbelievably crowded.  High end clothing and weekend visitors seems to be the thing here. 

We detoured off the main drag into a quiet old Tudor style Pub for lunch.  We both had the steak & ale pie, which was really good.  Then we headed south, away from the crowds, and visited Fairfax House, where again photos were not allowed. 

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selfies at the Minster you can access the wall at Bootham Bar   selfies on the city wall  
  the Minster from the city wall in the lower left corner of the  previous image York's Medieval city wall
    Romans were here  
  Monk Bar   York Minster  
at the Quilt Museum the garden interesting slip protection material really old door !
  steak & ale pie - plain looking but fabulous! Clifford's Tower Fairfax House, see below  

The house originally belonged to Charles Fairfax, 9th Viscount of Embley, which was an Irish Peerage.  Charles passed away in 1772, leaving the house to his only surviving child, Anne Fairfax, then in her early 20s.  While Charles had been a City sophisticate, Anne was withdrawn and very religious, and she walked out of her marriage ceremony, sold the property, and moved to the family estate at Gilling Castle, about 6 miles from Kilburn Park. 

There in 1802 she donated sufficient funds to enable Ampleforth Abbey to be built, eventually becoming Ampleforth College.  Anne remained at her country estate, a pious parishioner, for the rest of her life. 

We drove past the Ampleforth area twice, once after getting lost, driving home from Rievaulx Abbey, and again later (intentionally) on the return trip from Castle Howard.  The buildings are in a gorgeous setting, with well-wooded rolling hills, and attractive farm fields, especially seen in late afternoon sunlight.   

Fairfax House (circa 1762) as it is now, came about through dedicated restoration projects over decades, funded by local philanthropists.  It is a great example of Georgian architecture, and contains the "Noel Terry collection" of furniture and clocks. 

Noel Terry was born in York in 1889 and lived there until his death in 1979.  He assembled what auction house Christies called "one of the best private collections of late 1600s and early 1700s furniture and clocks in the UK." 

The docent said the 13 ancient clocks, from the 1700s & 1800s, still keep perfect time, none having ever been adjusted.  On the quarter hour, tourists on three floors are treated to a lovely chimes concert.  

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