York, England

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York is one of England's famous old cities. It is famous because of its age, and also because of its fine cathedral. It is on the Ouse River in Yorkshire ("shire" is pronounced "shear"), the largest county of England. Locate it on your map. Yorkshire was one of the strongholds of the Romans when they hold Briton. In York many famous Roman generals lived at one time or another. The great emperor Hadrian lived here once. The father of Constantine the Great died here. English history picks York our as the place where the first Parliament was held in 1160. The view shows the cathedral in the distance. It is a fine example of three centuries of architecture. The building was begun in 1171 and was finished in 1472, twenty years before the discovery of America. The church is built like a cross with two fine square towers at the front entrance, and a heavier central square tower without spires. Find these in the picture. York was once a walled city. The wall still remains with its four gates, called "bars." It is this wall you see running along the left side of the view. Like most of the walls about old cities, it has a pathway on top protected by a raised part of the outer layer of the main wall. Notice the picture. Observe the loop-holes in this wall. What were they used for? Yorkshire is one of England's fine farming counties. It is noted for its dairying. Yorkshire pudding, which every Englishman expects with his roast beef, is known the world over. Yorkshire was the home of Robin Hood and his "Merrie Men." Here are the forests through which Little John and his chief followed the deer. Along the Yorkshire highways Robin Hood held up many rich travelers. Keystone ID: 3015 Note: All titles, descriptions, and location coordinates are from the original Keystone Slide documentation as supplied by the Keystone View Company. No text has been edited or changed.
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