York sky high challenge: The answers

22 Mar 2014 @ 3.41 pm
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mix-six-logo-rightWe wanted to know how much time you spend looking up in this beautiful city.

Our quiz got many of you craning your necks trying to identify the locations of our pictures, all taken above head height.

Here are the answers. How well did you, your friends and colleagues do? If you got all six you are a real high flier.

1. The headless dragon


Above BetFred, Pavement. You may have not have noticed this headless dragon, yet the decollated fellow has a claim to fame as he appeared in the British Brick Society Information Focus On Dragons (pdf) in October 1993.

2. Roman numeral clock


Aviva, Rougier Street. Interestingly Roman numerals didn’t have a symbol for zero and as a result the numeral placement was sometimes based on subtraction rather than addition. The largest number that could be represented by the roman numerals system using their rules was 4,999.

3. Protectors of the city


Monk Bar. This four-story gatehouse is the tallest and most elaborate of the four bars, and was built in the early 14th century. It was intended as a self-contained fort, and each floor is capable of being defended separately. The current gatehouse was built to replace a 12th-century gate known as Munecagate, which stood 100 yards (91 m) to the north-west, on the site of the Roman gate porta decumana.

4. Keys to the city


Dean Court Hotel, Duncome Place. These are the “keys to heaven” that are held by St Peter and are found throughout the city. York Minster is dedicated to St Peter, its Sunday name being the Cathedral and Metropolitical Church of St Peter.

5. Needle in the sky


DEFRA, Foss House, Peasholme Green. Did you know that the highest quality embroidery needles are plated with two-thirds platinum and one-thirds titanium alloy? Well you do now.

6. A date from the past


Above York Fine Arts, Lower Petergate. Early pipes and conduits were made from wood or earthenware. However lead became popular from the 1700s before its poisonous qualities were known. Sneaky fact; The Latin term plumbus means lead.