Wednesday, 17th May, 2023

Today, we smashed the record for photos - 658 in a day! Of course, it took a very long time to sort and edit them. This process has left 137 photos to be included! As you will find below, I have split the day into three different webpages.

After a tasty breakfast at McDonald's, we visited the Jorvik Viking Centre. Jorvik was on our schedule in 2016 but it was flooded in 2015. From 1976-1981, an old factory in York was demolished to make way for a shopping centre. Archeologists were able to excavate the site during this time and found 40,000 items from the time of the Vikings. A museum to exhibit some of these artefacts was opened in 1984. Today, the museum is the three parts: a re-creation of some of the dig, a 12-minute ride during which visitors pass lifelike mannequins and life-size dioramas depicting Viking life about 900AD.

One can walk on the glass covering the recreated "dig".

I hope the videos and photos below will convey to you the excellence of the "ride" section of the museum.

This is the "capsule" that takes one around the dioramas. Each one incudes audio with customisable language.

The last section of the centre contains some of the artefacts found during the "dig".

Leather shoes were preserved because they were in clay with no oxygen.

There were combs made from bone and antlers.

Some silver jewellery

It is thought that these spoons were for measuring rather than used at the table.

This is the only Viking-age sock found in England and it is probably from Scandinavia. The sock is almost complete although worn, with holes at the toe and heel and signs of patching. It is made of undyed wool with a red band at the top. The sock may have stopped at the ankle to form a shoe liner, or continued as a red stocking.

Very near to the Jorvik viking Centre is All Saints', Pavement. This is a 14th century church and, as it was open...

The door to the church

Sometimes known as a sanctuary ring, the bronze door knocker features a bearded man's head disappearing into a lion's mouth. It is a 20th century replica of a late 12th century Doom Knocker representing the mouth of hell. The original is housed in the York Minster Treasury.

The lectern was originally a music stand. The upper part is 15th century. On one side is a curious carving of a man with a floppy hat and a lolling tongue. The base, with its carved figures of the four evangelists, is 19th century.

Sts Oswald, Alban and George

St Mary Magdalene (with her jar of ointment she used to wash the feet of Jesus with her hair), the Virgin Mary, and St John.

The pulpit is from 1684. John Wesley, the co-founder of Methodism, once preached from it.

The organ was installed in 1965.

The west window has some glass from the 14th century - how amazing to think that something so fragile could last so long!

Thi section of the window above depicts the Ascension. Can you spot the feet of Jesus?

The ceiling is 15th century

From All Saints', we made our way to the National Railway Museum. Please click the "Forward" button below to join us there!

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