The River Ouse reflects the history of the City of York, time and water flowing through Roman, Viking, Norman, Georgian, Victorian and contemporary times.
York is the location where two North Yorkshire rivers merge, the River Ouse and the River Foss. These two rivers not only draw in history, they draw in visitors and wildlife too.
The River Ouse is adorned with scenery as well as architecture from medieval towers, iron, steel and stone bridges, churches and guildhalls, as well as contemporary dwellings.
Introduction to the York's Rivers Smartphone Tour
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Ouse Bridge and Kings Staith
This timber framed building derives from the 17th century. The southern and western walls are extremely thick in order to give it protection from the Ouse water. Sadly, it is not just the beer that is flowing in this pub as the River Ouse is renowned for bursting its banks after heavy rains.
River Foss & Blue Bridge
The park was gifted to the City of York in 1921 by the Rowntree family as mentioned. The park was in fact a memorial for those cocoa workers who fell during the Great War. These gates however were added as a memorial for those who lost their lives during World War II making the park older than the gates! Rowntree Park has a cafe if you need to pause for refreshments.
The official street name is Terry Avenue. Yes this section of the river walk is all about chocolate. We’ve already seen Rowntree Park but the former Terry’s site is situated nearby in the South Bank area. Rows of terraced houses still stand that once occupied chocolate factory workers. Again, there is an information point complete with history at a river viewing platform.
In the 1700’s there was a large steam powered flour mill here, and this has sadly gone. What you can find is this fantastic timber-framed building next to All Saints. North Street was the dwelling place of Peter Atkinson, the architect who designed the current Ouse Bridge. However, it is not just North Street containing some impressive architecture.
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