Step Back in Time

“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” ~ Marcus Garvey

At the start of 2019, GC and I introduced a monthly colour challenge beginning on the first Saturday of each month. The colour for August is Sepia and runs until the end of the month.

This is my second contribution to our challenge.  Also linked  to Fandango’s one word challenge Newbie

A few days ago, my son Joss and I visited the medieval city of York, a city we are both  fond of, and just thirty miles and forty-five minutes from home (traffic permitting).

Photographs taken on these streets lend themselves perfectly to the Sepia colour challenge. However, on the day we visited the streets were full of tourists who would have spoiled my photographs. Fortunately, my photo collection has many images from previous visits.

The shambles York in the rain Sepia

The Shambles is the oldest street in England (Commercial) and was formerly a street of Butcher’s shops, the equivalent of the Butcher’s row in the traditional indoor markets of today. The narrow street with ancient buildings and overhanging upper floors provided the meat with shelter from the sun.

As one would expect from this city, there are several museums, and if interested in history, they are worth the cost of a visit. A year or so ago, youngest daughter Sophie and I visited York Castle Museum, this one has always been high on our list of favourites. The museum is situated on the site of York Castle which was originally built by William the Conqueror in 1068.

If you are a ‘Newbie to York – the entrance fee for each museum is £10 per adult, accompanied children aged sixteen and under are free. Also available is the York Museum Trust card (£20) with unlimited free entry to all the museums for a whole year.


Today I’m focusing upon three of the period rooms and I’m beginning with the 1930s kitchen; it looks well in Sepia don’t you think?


I believe this one is from 1970s but when edited to Sepia it just didn’t look right. After  changing to black and white (see below) it could almost pass as a kitchen from the 21st century, it’s not unlike the one I used to have, minus the low table!



Here I’ve changed an 1850’s cottage to Sepia, but in this instance, I think I prefer my original photograph below, what do you think?


There is so much to learn about the history of York, and if interested, please do take a look at these superb Websites Medieval York  and also  History come to life.

(C) 2019 Photo Challenge Sepia from Weekly Prompts and Newbie from Fandango.

13 thoughts on “Step Back in Time

  1. Well Sue as a relatively Newbie to this world your Sepia photos were interesting…the 1930’s kitchen, looked great in sepia, and your 1850’s cottage, I thought look better in Sepia, giving the pic’ a more rustic feel………

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    1. I’m in doubt about the 70s kitchen I think it has more of an eighties look. When we moved here in 1976 the kitchen was way before its time. It was a mixture of glossy white and dark blue. I’m now on my third since then but only because we needed to reconfigure and extend to accommodate a kitchen for each of us after the daughter and family moved here. And I agree with you, in another twenty years we can donate to the museum!


  2. Murphy's Law

    The sepia Shambles is great! I like the kitchen in black & white. The table looks like a center work surface, but I couldn’t figure out why so low. Then I saw it! It’s actually a picnic table. I didn’t see the benches at first.

    I prefer the 1850’s cottage in sepia. Seems more fitting for the time.

    Great response to your prompt Sue.
    🐾Ginger 🐾

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    1. The low table remains a puzzle as to why it is there. I like the black and white too. I agree that the cottage looks authentic in Sepia but in colour we’re able to look in more detail at the contents. Thank you Ginger 🙂


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