King’s Square, photo album

Paving

King’s Square paving, a curve of setts, April 2013

As there’s been a lot of interest in the happenings in King’s Square, I thought I’d share these photos of the place, as I seem to have amassed a fairly large collection. A few from 2007, most from 2012 and 2013.

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King’s Square photo album

2007, on a rainy evening. Cart tracks and setts in King's Square
2007, on a rainy evening. Cart tracks and setts in King's Square

2007, King's Square. Curving line of cart tracks and setts, relaid here in the 1970s, following the old line of the road
2007, King's Square. Curving line of cart tracks and setts, relaid here in the 1970s, following the old line of the road

2007, curving line of cart tracks heading towards the entrance to the Shambles and Newgate
2007, curving line of cart tracks heading towards the entrance to the Shambles and Newgate

August 2012. Continuing line of cart tracks curving from the Colliergate side of the square
August 2012. Continuing line of cart tracks curving from the Colliergate side of the square

August 2012, evening, King's Square
August 2012, evening, King's Square

King's Square, summer evening in 2012. Paving perhaps grubby but in good condition apparently
King's Square, summer evening in 2012. Paving perhaps grubby but in good condition apparently

Summer evening, 2012
Summer evening, 2012

2012. Paving in foreground is on the raised area of the square
2012. Paving in foreground is on the raised area of the square

2012. No evidence of any problems with the paving in the square
2012. No evidence of any problems with the paving in the square

2012. This is cracked, but that's because it's a grave slab from the old church or its churchyard
2012. This is cracked, but that's because it's a grave slab from the old church or its churchyard

2012. Another of the grave slabs on the raised area. These were re-set here in the 1930s after the demolition of the church
2012. Another of the grave slabs on the raised area. These were re-set here in the 1930s after the demolition of the church

'his known good Carractor needs no Encomiums'
'his known good Carractor needs no Encomiums'

2012. Grave slab and tree, on the raised area in King's Square
2012. Grave slab and tree, on the raised area in King's Square

1 Aug 2012: view from the raised area
1 Aug 2012: view from the raised area

Dignissimus ...
Dignissimus ...

Grave slab and chip fork and weedy growth. King's Square, 2012
Grave slab and chip fork and weedy growth. King's Square, 2012

1 Aug 2012, from behind the raised area, King's Square
1 Aug 2012, from behind the raised area, King's Square

Aug 2012, evening, view from Colliergate
Aug 2012, evening, view from Colliergate

Aug 2012, view from Colliergate
Aug 2012, view from Colliergate

View from entrance to St Andrewgate, evening, Aug 2012
View from entrance to St Andrewgate, evening, Aug 2012

King's Square from St Andrewgate, Aug 2012
King's Square from St Andrewgate, Aug 2012

April 2013, King's Square. Ugly phone boxes. Mulberry tree in raised planter
April 2013, King's Square. Ugly phone boxes. Mulberry tree in raised planter

Across King's Square to Shambles and Newgate corner, April 2013. Featuring Paul Woosey's bench by the tree.
Across King's Square to Shambles and Newgate corner, April 2013. Featuring Paul Woosey's bench by the tree.

April 2013. Mulberry tree still wrapped with Christmas lights. Classy.
April 2013. Mulberry tree still wrapped with Christmas lights. Classy.

April 2013, plaque explaining the significance of the mulberry tree
April 2013, plaque explaining the significance of the mulberry tree

April 2013. Would look better if they just removed those horrible railings, perhaps?
April 2013. Would look better if they just removed those horrible railings, perhaps?

April 2013, mulberry tree and planter
April 2013, mulberry tree and planter

April 2013. Cart tracks, setts and slabs in King's Square
April 2013. Cart tracks, setts and slabs in King's Square

April 2013. Cart tracks and setts in King's Square, in front of Chocolate Story
April 2013. Cart tracks and setts in King's Square, in front of Chocolate Story

Pleasing curve of cart tracks and setts curving towards Colliergate, King's Square, April 2013
Pleasing curve of cart tracks and setts curving towards Colliergate, King's Square, April 2013

Morris dancers in the square, May evening 2013
Morris dancers in the square, May evening 2013

Morris dancers in King's Square, May evening 2013. No obvious problems with the paving here
Morris dancers in King's Square, May evening 2013. No obvious problems with the paving here

Morris dancers in the square, May evening 2013
Morris dancers in the square, May evening 2013

May 2013, cart tracks and setts, King's Square, looking towards Colliergate
May 2013, cart tracks and setts, King's Square, looking towards Colliergate

Curving off towards Colliergate, May 2013
Curving off towards Colliergate, May 2013

May 2013, cart tracks into King's Square, with tarmac patching
May 2013, cart tracks into King's Square, with tarmac patching

May 2013. Temporary tarmac patching suggests replacement of paving was going ahead whatever the consultation said ...
May 2013. Temporary tarmac patching suggests replacement of paving was going ahead whatever the consultation said ...

13 June 2013. Paved central area. Hazardous? Lumpy? Cracked? Where?
13 June 2013. Paved central area. Hazardous? Lumpy? Cracked? Where?

June 2013: with the soon to be removed mulberry tree (centre)
June 2013: with the soon to be removed mulberry tree (centre)

June 2013. This cluster of kiosks and cash machine has since been reduced in size
June 2013. This cluster of kiosks and cash machine has since been reduced in size

June 2013, King's Square. Nice mix of textures and patterns, in the corner of the raised area. Maybe weeding and cleaning would have tidied it up?
June 2013, King's Square. Nice mix of textures and patterns, in the corner of the raised area. Maybe weeding and cleaning would have tidied it up?

June 2013. Raised area, King's Square. A bit of weeding would have made the place look less neglected?
June 2013. Raised area, King's Square. A bit of weeding would have made the place look less neglected?

The steps and path at the back edge of the raised area, June 2013
The steps and path at the back edge of the raised area, June 2013

Mulberry tree, in King's Square in June 2013. To be chopped down in the early spring of 2014, as part of the 'Reinvigorate York' project. Beautifully vigorous, but not the right kind of vigorous and it's in an offensive planter. Or something.
Mulberry tree, in King's Square in June 2013. To be chopped down in the early spring of 2014, as part of the 'Reinvigorate York' project. Beautifully vigorous, but not the right kind of vigorous and it's in an offensive planter. Or something.

June 2013. King's Square given up on, waiting for its 'makeover'. Mess around the mulberry tree, behind its silly railings
June 2013. King's Square given up on, waiting for its 'makeover'. Mess around the mulberry tree, behind its silly railings

June 2013. A handsome curved bit of metalwork, which would look much nicer if painted. Classy blue-grey perhaps? But no, let's send it for scrap instead. #reinvigorateyork ...
June 2013. A handsome curved bit of metalwork, which would look much nicer if painted. Classy blue-grey perhaps? But no, let's send it for scrap instead. #reinvigorateyork ...

It needs weeding, cleaning, painting. Easier to chuck it all away and buy new.
It needs weeding, cleaning, painting. Easier to chuck it all away and buy new.

Plaque, King's Square, 2013. Who were Sound Effect Records? A shop in the square perhaps? #reinvigorateyork don't think this is interesting. Not proper history that tourists might like. It might get sent back to the resident who bought it.
Plaque, King's Square, 2013. Who were Sound Effect Records? A shop in the square perhaps? #reinvigorateyork don't think this is interesting. Not proper history that tourists might like. It might get sent back to the resident who bought it.

June 2013. This used to be a great place to meet your mates. Paul Woosey's bench. Part of recent history. The stuff 'Reinvigorate York' is erasing.
June 2013. This used to be a great place to meet your mates. Paul Woosey's bench. Part of recent history. The stuff 'Reinvigorate York' is erasing.

Across the square, June 2013. Again, can't see any massive paving problems. Parliament St looks much worse.
Across the square, June 2013. Again, can't see any massive paving problems. Parliament St looks much worse.

2013, June. Paving, and Paul Woosey's bench (right) and Sound Effect bench in distance
2013, June. Paving, and Paul Woosey's bench (right) and Sound Effect bench in distance

June 2013. Raised area from corner near Shambles entrance, looking towards Colliergate and phone box corner
June 2013. Raised area from corner near Shambles entrance, looking towards Colliergate and phone box corner

Morris dancers, June 2013, across the weedy raised area to the apparently functional stone paving in the main area. No one tripping over.
Morris dancers, June 2013, across the weedy raised area to the apparently functional stone paving in the main area. No one tripping over.

June 2013, evening, morris dancing in King's Square
June 2013, evening, morris dancing in King's Square

June 2013. Iron seat in King's Square. Wondering if I could have it for my garden.
June 2013. Iron seat in King's Square. Wondering if I could have it for my garden.

September 2013: with 'reinvigorating' beginning behind the fencing. Innocent paving slabs are being needlessly broken in there, and they maybe don't want us to see ...
September 2013: with 'reinvigorating' beginning behind the fencing. Innocent paving slabs are being needlessly broken in there, and they maybe don't want us to see ...

And looking the other way, towards Petergate, September 2013.
And looking the other way, towards Petergate, September 2013.

September 2013. The Minster looks on, as a church it remembers is uncovered in King's Square
September 2013. The Minster looks on, as a church it remembers is uncovered in King's Square

Shambles. #reinvigorateyork
Shambles. #reinvigorateyork

15 September 2013. Doomed mulberry tree looking good. Fencing around main part of square.
15 September 2013. Doomed mulberry tree looking good. Fencing around main part of square.

Doomed things - Paul Woosey's bench admires the fencing, and the curved iron bench wraps itself protectively round the mulberry tree. Sept 2013
Doomed things - Paul Woosey's bench admires the fencing, and the curved iron bench wraps itself protectively round the mulberry tree. Sept 2013

15 Sept 2013. I took along my hydraulic platform to get a better view over the fencing
15 Sept 2013. I took along my hydraulic platform to get a better view over the fencing

Just a reminder of a 'good Carractor'. No Encomiums needed.
Just a reminder of a 'good Carractor'. No Encomiums needed.

15 Sept 2013, paving soon to be replaced with something less interesting. Pink/grey/green granite? Details unclear
15 Sept 2013, paving soon to be replaced with something less interesting. Pink/grey/green granite? Details unclear

And again. Just because it's so visually pleasing
And again. Just because it's so visually pleasing

15 Sept 2013, looking the other way, towards the Shambles
15 Sept 2013, looking the other way, towards the Shambles

All dug up and ready to be 'reinvigorated'. 30 Sept 2013
All dug up and ready to be 'reinvigorated'. 30 Sept 2013

23 Sept 2013. I went to sit on Paul Woosey's bench, in the dark. Then went home and wrote http://www.yorkstories.co.uk/who-was-paul-woosey/
23 Sept 2013. I went to sit on Paul Woosey's bench, in the dark. Then went home and wrote http://www.yorkstories.co.uk/who-was-paul-woosey/

Paul Woosey's bench. Thoughtful moments, in the evening dark, looking towards the mulberry tree. 23 Sept 2013
Paul Woosey's bench. Thoughtful moments, in the evening dark, looking towards the mulberry tree. 23 Sept 2013

Had enough. Going home. Along the shining path of righteousness. Or something.
Had enough. Going home. Along the shining path of righteousness. Or something.

See also

Updates, more recent photos and pages on King’s Square

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