This is a post about my future home city, where I’ll be moving in the beginning of next year. It’s the place I think about daily; when I first set foot in Yorkshire, I realised that this is the most unique and beautiful place I’ve ever been to, therefore I want to live and die there. I want to build a career there, have a family and live happily for the rest of my life. So thank you Joe, for being born there, haha!
It’s my favourite place because it’s like living in the old days. To me it feels like it can be anything between the 14th century and the 1980’s. York is full of vintage shops and medieval pubs, locals are extremely friendly and caring and you might just see a man smoking a pipe whilst strolling down the street. There’s work and rents are pretty low compared to London. There’s a good possibility for me to study there, too.
Scroll down for history, popular culture and fun facts about York.
Joe working in his lovely mother’s independent coffee house and vintage store called Bison
The city was founded by the Romans in 71 AD and it became the capital of the Roman province of Britannia and later of the kingdom of Jórvík (the vikings). In the Middle Ages, York developed as an important wool trading centre and became the capital of the northern province of the Church of England, which it still continues to be today. In the 19th century, York had an important part on creating railway network and manufacturing confectionery. In recent decades, the economy of York has moved from confectionery and railway-related industries to services. Health services as well as The University of York have become major employers, whilst tourism has become an important element of the local economy.
In the heart of York lies the stunning and inspiring York Minster, which was built between 1220 and 1480 and remains one of the most beautiful Gothic cathedrals in the world.
One of my, and other Finnish people’s, favourite TV-drama Heartbeat was filmed in a beautiful little village called Goathland, about 65km from the City of York and last year we had the chance to go there with Joe and his dad. On the way there we saw lots and lots of sheep, just walking about freely in the gorgeous scenery of the Yorkshire Moors whilst playing the old Rolling Stones in the car to set the mood for visiting Heartbeat sets!
The series was filmed in Goathland during 1992-2010 and it’s set in the 1960’s. Whilst there, we visited the landmarks such as The Aidensfield Arms (Goathland Hotel) and the garage that also offered funeral services in the series, too. The day wouldn’t have been perfect without a trip to the seaside town called Whitby, where they serve the best fish’n’chips in the world! YUMMY!
Fun facts about York or reasons to live there, really:
- York has the most pubs per square mile in Britain
- Guy Fawkes who tried to blow up the Palace of Westminster was born in York in the 16th century
- The Shambles, a street that dates as far back as the fourteenth century inspired J.K. Rowling on creating Diagon Alley (below)
- Gate means street and bar means gate
- Parts of Harry Potter films have been filmed in Durham’s Cathedral, a town near to York (last photo below)
I hope you all now know, that when I say York I mean YORK not NEW YORK. 😉 xxx