Who is your favourite Harry Potter character? Let me know below! Love this shot by @zax66 - The Shambles in York look simply brilliant on a rainy night. Give me wonky buildings and wet cobbles and I'm as happy a basket full of warm bellied puppers.
Diagon Alley, or The Shambles according to Muggles, has existed since the early 1300s.. which is slightly bonkers when you come to think about it. It's characterised by overhanging "tumbling-down" timber-framed buildings that hug the roadside and nearly touch at the top. It's absolutely lovely and looks straight from the pages of JK Rowling’s epic story...but in the past? Not sure I would have liked to visit. The pavements are raised either side of the cobbled street to form a channel where the butchers would wash away their offal and blood twice a week. And of course the residents back then had to throw their bedpan waste out from the windows in the morning....Eww.
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 25 butchers' shops were located along the street, but now none remain. 25! Blimey. I must admit, I do love a bit of stinky history. It may be very busy these days when you visit, but at least you don't have to dodge the contents of a chamber pot!
As for my favourite Harry Potter character - has to be Ron for me! Lovely shot by @zax66 🇬🇧 Want your Photos of Britain to be featured? Follow us and then add the tag #photosofbritain and tag us in the picture too! 🇬🇧
The Met Office have issued Weather Warnings. In Richmond we will be fine as we can all make large fires from all the Christmas Trees that still haven’t been collected .SORT It our Richmond upon Thames Council.
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