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The Shambles: One of Britain’s best preserved Medieval streets

Located in the heart of the city of York, England, the Shambles is an old medieval street, often called Europe’s best preserved, with overhanging timber-framed buildings, some dating back as far as the fourteenth century.

The word Shambles originates from the Medieval word Shamel, meaning ‘slaughterhouse’.

The Shambles was once also known as “The Great Flesh Shambles,” probably from the Anglo-Saxon word Fleshammels (literally ‘flesh-shelves’).

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