The Shambles is an old street in York, England, with overhanging timber-framed buildings, some dating back as far as the fourteenth century. It was once known as The Great Flesh Shambles, probably from the Anglo-Saxon Fleshammels, the word for the shelves that butchers used to display their meat. As recently as 1872 twenty-five butchers' shops were located along the street, but now none remain.
The street was mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086. Many of the current buildings are from circa 1350-1475. Among the structures of the Shambles is a shrine to Saint Margaret Clitherow, who was married to a butcher who owned and lived in a shop there at No. 10 Shambles.
Official Website http://www.historyofyork.org.uk/themes/medieval/the-shambles
History of York http://www.historyofyork.org.uk/themes/medieval/the-shambles
Address Shambles, City Centre, York, YO1 7LZ, UK
Coordinates 53°57'33.477" N -1°4'48.122" E