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A WALK IN YORK WAKES THE PAST
Usually after travelling for 14 hours I am
ready for a nap, but not in York because here
it seemed a waste of valuable time. Instead,
after a trans-Atlantic flight, I
checked into my hotel and set off for a walk
along the ancient wall girdling this city. It
led me for close to three miles, up and down
steps, through little stone buildings, past
gardens behind the cathedral and row houses
with washing billowing on backyard lines.
From there I went on to rest over tea and a
sticky bun in a timbered cafe across from
Britain's largest medieval church, and wander
in a warren of crooked, cobbled streets lined
with enough specialty shops to keep me here
for a week. Only then, as a late afternoon
gloom crept over the city, did I return to my
hotel impatient for tomorrow.
York's fascination lies in nineteen
hundred years of history, much of which is
alive and within its walls. "The history of
York is the history of England," George V1
said. He was right in that every period of
architecture is represented, from the Roman
and Saxon wall to elegant Victorian houses,
with original Viking and a veritable glut of
medieval in between.
When the Romans established a garrison
town here in 71 AD, they called it Eboracum.
A succession of Roman emperors came for a
visit in the next 400 years, including
Constantine the Great who, while here, was
proclaimed ruler of the known world. Saxons
took over in the seventh century. The Vikings
who invaded in 867 called their settlement
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