Monday, March 10, 2008

Lancaster Curiosity (4)

Horseshoe Corner is the unofficial name of the intersection between Penny Street, Cheapside and Market Street in Lancaster. It is so named because of the horseshoe set into the paving at the centre of this crossroads. Legend has is that John o' Gaunt's horse shed a shoe here when he left Lancaster castle for the last time. This was once the centre of the mediaeval City of Lancaster.
Alas, as one sees, looking down Market Street there is no trace left of any mediaeval buildings. Indeed it is now a modern nonedescript cloneed pedestrian zone which, apart from the famous horseshoe, could be anywhere in the UK. This photograph was taken late on a Sunday afternoon while clear of traffic both wheeled and legged. On the other six days of the week it is a bustling shopping centre and on Wednesdays and Saturdays it is augmented by an open air market.

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