The Micklegate Quarter Information
The Micklegate Quarter of York encompasses an area of York rich with diverse shops, restaurants, bars and attractions for both the local residents and visitors to York. The focal point being Micklegate Bar itself which sits majestically at the top of the hill which leads gently down towards the River Ouse and the centre of York.. The surrounding area which falls into the the recently designated 'Micklegate Quarter' includes Blossom Street, Queen Street and the Railway Station, Rougier Street and George Hudson street.
Micklegate Bar is one of the four main medieval gateways which have given access to the City from the south since the Twelth Century. Built as part of the walls to protect the City, Micklegate Bar was also used to deter attackers by displaying the severed heads of unwanted intruders, rebels and traitors on spikes above the gate. This gateway is also the official Royal entrance into the city, Kings and Queens throughout history have entered York via Micklegate Bar.
'Micklegate' (meaning great street ) was once York's most important street as it formed part of the long road that was being established between London and Edinburgh. The large wide street slopes down towards Ouse Bridge which was the first bridge that was built to Cross the River Ouse.
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Fruit and Veg Market
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