The sun sets on York’s first week in lockdown

Long shadows over Lendal Bridge. Photographs: Richard McDougall
27 Mar 2020 @ 7.32 pm
| News

What a strange, strange week.

Every day that has passed has brought some new historic moment, from unprecedented financial handouts to a mass round of applause for our NHS workers.

And York ended its first week of lockdown bathed in the spring sunset, with hardly a soul to be seen.

The roads were free of traffic. Only a few people were walking the streets for their state-sanctioned exercise, all observing the government separation guidelines.

These pictures, taken between 5pm and 6pm this evening (Friday 27 March) by our photographer following the social isolating rules, show the beauty of our city, even in such unprecedented times.

Lord Mayor’s Walk, still glowing
College Street, waiting to wake-up
Minster Stoneyard
The Minster, rising majestically over the city for more than 600 years
Minster Gates
St Michael le Belfrey glowing in the sun
York Minster and the Boer War Memorial
A near-deserted St Leonard’s Place
Long shadows over Lendal Bridge
Even longer shadows over Lendal Bridge
Reflections of warmer times
Elegant civic lighting
Scarborough Bridge
Blue skies over York
The city walls along Marygate
De Grey Rooms and York Minster