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The Shambles, York

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buckeye425

Hi Hester, I'm back! I lost my job (position eliminated and not the only one) on Oct. 18. It took me a while to get a computer and internet service at home. I finally got connected about 3 hours ago. One of my first stops: Jigidi! I'm fine: in a severence program right now and officially retired as of Jan. 1st. It's the start of a whole new adventure!

feistyfreddy

Thanks for the visit, Francine. York and eclairs....a winning combination! :-D

bookish

Hester, delightful reading..:) All my questions re street were answered, thank you very much. And, I love those eclairs and could easily eat an elephant's foot. Yum.
BTW, gorgeous area; thanks for posting.
..Francine

juneshone

Hester has the elephants foot right, it is choux pastry, large round and eclair like, absolutely stuffed with half a pint of cream and sticky chocolate icing on top. Way to go of the cake world as an occasional treat, ten minutes of pure Heaven

gemstone

When we took a coach tour in '74 the driver took us to a pub here where (in the upper rooms) Guy Fawkes made his plans to blow up Parliament.

RandomWorship

You're clearly a pastry connoisseur, Hester! I bow to your greater knowledge!!!

feistyfreddy

These are mega eclairs, I think. So called because they are big and soft like a nellyfunt's foot! I am intimately acquainted with the delights of the eclair! ( lip licking in fond memory! ) LOL

RandomWorship

Ah. I think we call them chocolate eclairs, Hester.

And come back!! LOL

feistyfreddy

I think the British version is a large choux pastry filled with cream and maybe drizzled with chocolate like a giant profiterole. Never had one myself but it sounds suitably calorific and sinful. Yum!! Just a minute....heading back to Yorkshire...

JiggyBelle

I think this might be the "monkey's paw" or "elephant ears" that we have at the fair......fried dough with sugar in a big paw like shape, sometimes with a filling. Maybe not.....but that was my thought when I read it.

RandomWorship

Thanks for the beautiful photo, Hester - and the history.

And June? And elephant's foot? What on earth is an elephant's foot?

feistyfreddy

Jan, I'd copied details from Wikipedia but they obviously didn't make it here!!! Trying again!

The Shambles (official name Shambles) is an old street in York, England, with overhanging timber-framed buildings, some dating back as far as the fourteenth century. It was once known as The Great Flesh Shambles, probably from the Anglo-Saxon Fleshammels (literally 'flesh-shelves'), the word for the shelves that butchers used to display their meat. As recently as 1872 there were twenty-five butchers' shops in the street but now there are none. There is still a butcher in the adjacent Little Shambles which leads to York's open-air Newgate Market.
Yes, there are a lot of jewellery and leatherware shops here. The street is closed to traffic for a large part of the day so you can wander aimlessly without fear of being mowed down!

JiggyBelle

Forgive me for not knowing, but why is it called the Shambles?
Look at the beautiful buildings handing out over the street and the street is immaculate. I love the sweet shop. Are their all kinds of shops here? Is the street closed to traffic? Please tell more.....
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juneshone

I had an elephant's foot in there, although they were boring and called it a cream puff. It's a lovely town, spent a week there with my sister and my daughter (Witzend)

feistyfreddy

I managed to stay clear of the fudge shop, June but I fell foul of the tasty treats in Betty's Tea Rooms!

juneshone

always reminds me of the fudge shop there where they make it fresh and it's gorgeous