The York Report 5 ~ the quirky bits

York is more than just great architecture of course. It’s also full of interesting people and shops, and this post pays homage to them.

Phil's delight
Phil’s delight

Phil was pleased to find a model shop next to Monk Bar. Model Shops are being killed off bit by bit by the internet (the way the world is going), so we went and had a look around, but they didn’t do tanks, so a bit disappointing and we didn’t stay long.

Teddy Bear shop
Teddy Bear shop
Big Ted
Big Ted

The Teddy Bear shop was full of special bears, and had a tea room upstairs, though we didn’t partake. I liked the giant chocolate coloured Teddy chained outside the shop. I think he was chained to stop people stealing him and also I guess to keep him upright, though he looked like  a prisoner to me! You can see their full collection HERE, they do mail order 🙂 and a Facebook page HERE.

Blue shop for a blue lady
Blue shop for a blue lady

Quite a few shops have tea rooms upstairs it seems. The antique shop has some lovely old things inside, and they too do mail order HERE. Not cheap though!

Costumery
Tat

Above is one of the ‘tat’ shops, although it was quality tat.

Chocolate shop
decisions….

This is Phil trying to make sense of all the different flavours of chocolate, we didn’t take the tour as we had so much more to see, but here’s a little snippet.

 

This chap was filming the chocolate bars, which I thought strange, but I suppose I’m just as strange for taking a shot of him! Double Bizarre 😀

How Bizzare!!!
How Bizzare!!!

 

Some shops had figures on the wall which were to denote which type of shop it was..

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Minerva

Minerva was above a book shop and the inscription reads..

‘The figure above is that of Minerva the goddess of wisdom and of drama by John Wolstenholme 1801. Which is why she’s sitting on books with an owl next to her. The chap below is (supposedly) an American Indian and

once advertised the location of the tobacconist’s shop –the boy’s kilt and headwear represent tobacco leaves. (Really??)

ummm
Smokin’
More Bizzare stuff
More Bizzare stuff

So what you are looking for here is the red devil on the upper right. The Red Devil is the traditional sign for a printer’s shop. Stonegate was once the centre of York’s burgeoning printing industry.  I wanted to get a closer shot, but the guy in the blue jacket on a step ladder was getting an even closer one. He was wandering around with his girlfriend (red coat) and a pair of step ladders, which she held onto while he got the shot.  It made me laugh anyway, I mean, a step ladder??? Also in this you can just make out in the middle, a completely purple man. He was mounted on a static bike and was a real person, but charging for photo’s so I got the long shot for free. If you click on the shot you can see it all properly.

I like window shopping…and shooting

The Headless children of York
The Headless children of York
The bored ladies heads of York
The bored ladies heads of York
The Pink headed ladies of York (in disguise)
The Pink headed ladies of York (in disguise)

We also came across some fab buskers, this lady was really good, she had a sign up saying “no photo’s or video’s please”, but I took them before I saw the sign, and also if you’re in a public place looking like that for heavens sakes, what do you expect? She had a great voice and sang 40’s stuff.

The Lady sings
The Lady sings

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I liked the honesty of this guy’s notice, hope he makes enough for a romantic get away 🙂

Mr.Romantic
Mr.Romantic

This next chap was really fab with a crystal ball, the photo doesn’t show how dexterous he was of course, but I found a very short video of him on you tube, well worth the watching.

The Magic Ball man
The Magic Ball man
Name guy
Name guy

The chap above was using a pedal powered kind of lathe and rubbery strips of plastic and would carve out a name in bubble writing, I guess for kids bedroom doors, or lockers or whatever you’d stick a name plate on.

Also we came across a Houdini kind of chap chained to a ladder, he’d drawn a big crowd and was quite funny, but we moved on before the end of the show, so not sure what the trick was!

Up a height
Up a height

 

Last, and least, a fellow tog, but you may not be able to make him out easily 😉

camouflage
camouflage

And that’s the end of the ‘Out and About’ sections in York, I still have York Minster to show you, and also The Treasurers house, so a long way to go yet.

laters gaters

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11 Comments

  1. That Teddy bear needs urgently a buyer! XD, “the lady sings” seems like a time traveler, she’s just perfect in her characterization; very grateful for the chocolate commentary, I love them! 😀

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  2. History’s great, but I love the quirky bits! You have a great sense of humor – you photographing the guy filming the chocolate bars is a hoot 🙂

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