The City of York
Is this city haunted by its past?
Traffic allowing, York (England, UK) is some fifty minutes away from my home and the city holds a fascination for me; the quaint old buildings, narrow streets and the city’s ancient history. Indeed, Viking remains have been unearthed here, both in and outside the city walls.
There was a time when many of my weekends were spent in this beautiful walled city, it was when one of my daughters was at university, in fact her graduation ceremony was held in the magnificent York Minster.
Once on one of our regular visits to the city, my hubby and I, with our young son and the youngest daughter, decided to pay a visit the famous York Dungeons, our son, like most young boys was eager to have a look.
The visit began well enough and the waxwork models, along with the live actors were very impressive. So much so that at times it was difficult to distinguish between the waxworks and real people.
Around each corner and curve there were displays of a film set nature, each one depicting appalling punishments and sickening torture that were inflicted upon the poor souls from our miserable past.
It happened not far into the tour, I began to feel cold and shivery and could not shake off the feeling that this was not the first time I’d been inside a dungeon. Not only that but I was fighting off the urge to cry and the sense of utter despair that I was experiencing was overwhelming. My husband and daughter were enjoying the tour but when I turned to look at my son he began to cry and I realised he was feeling exactly the same as me. Normally, the boy would have been joking about the waxwork displays and fake blood, but not this time. An attendant led us to a fire escape whilst my hubby and daughter finished the tour.
Previous to this visit I had intended to return to York in the evening with a group of friends and take part in one of the well known Ghost Walks (York is the most haunted city in England, supposedly).
Although I’ve been back to York, I still haven’t taken part in the previously, much anticipated Ghost Walk. I’m terrified of coming face to face with a ghost, especially my own and I have no doubt that I will never conquer this fear.
Written in response to the Daily word-prompt ‘Conquer‘
Photo Credits: VisitBritain.co.uk