The city of York has to be one of the most visited
cities in the British Isles outside the capital. Its
remarkable architecture spans 2000 years of
England’s history from the Roman invasion, through
the turbulent middle ages, the birth of
the railways and up to the present day.
Of its many attractions, the pinnacle is surely the
gothic cathedral - the Minster. This monument to
the stonemasons’ and glaziers’ crafts stands proud
above the city skyline and can be seen from the
distant North York Moors and Wolds.
A trip up its central tower is an exhilarating
experience but is not for vertigo sufferers! Other
fantastic locations are its preserved medieval stone
walls, some of the longest in the country, offering
fantastic views of the city, Clifford’s Tower, a quatrefoil
keep on top of a grassy motte built by the
Norman conquerors, and the magnificent Victorian
Its residents are justifiably proud of York’s heritage.
Every year tourists from around the globe travel to
York to sample the charm of its streets and marvel
at its architecture, and as day turns to night the city’s
character takes a dramatic turn.
In this superb collection of more than 140
Paul Moon shows an aspect of York many visitors
never see, the famous sites and hidden corners
when floodlights and streetlights are switched on for
the night. The illuminated winding cobbled streets
take you on journey into York’s past and
its stunning architecture grabs your attention at
every turn. The bustle of Christmas shoppers and
seasonal events bring vibrant colours and vivid
displays whilst quiet hideaways of the city bring a
chill to the spine or a warming glow to the heart.
Paul Moon has been a keen amateur
photographer since his teenage years
and studied graphic design in York.
He spent 15 years working in the
newspaper industry before becoming
a reprographic assistant in Hull where
he regularly photographs food products
for the label market. He lives at
the edge of the Yorkshire Wolds with
his wife Tracey and their three children,
Josh, Curtis and Tessa. He spends his
spare time photographing the
dramatic Wolds landscape and
regularly exhibits his images.
Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 1 84114 954 7, hardback, 214x230mm, 144 pages. Published September 2009.