Whip-Ma-Whop-Ma-Gate
Whip-Ma-Whop-Ma-Gate
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Paul Symonds
Haverhill, UK473 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
Just took a short visit to this little historic site to ensure I managed to capture it whilst in York. The actual street is a raised Piece of pavement between the end of the church and the wall which is approximately 9-10m long. It is thought to be the shortest street in York and one of the shortest in Britain.
Written July 25, 2020
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shane😁😁
Northamptonshire, UK14,302 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
More of a photo opportunity, this weirdly named street claims to be the shortest in York.... I would add probably the United Kingdom too.
There is an information board explaining more in detail.
Visited 14th January 2023
Written January 14, 2023
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MissMercury_1
Wolverhampton, UK208 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
We found this on our first visit to York in 2021 and found ourselves here again on this trip. The street sign never fails to make me smile! It's a quirky piece of history. There's a plaque on the stone wall behind the sign telling you all about it. The shortest street in York also has the longest name! It's definitely worth finding for the quirky factor alone!
Written September 15, 2023
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craigluscar
Dunfermline, UK13,216 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
At the back of St Crux church lies the shortest street in England There is a street sign and a Brass plaque marking the spot . An intriguing name but nothing to see
Written April 11, 2022
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Waddler
York, UK11,485 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
The attraction is the name!

Its a short street which isn't particularly attractive, given the other streets you can visit in York.

Still, its only around the corner from the Shambles so you aren't going out of your way to see it.
Written September 5, 2021
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Neil K
Liverpool, UK831,000 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Friends
Whip- Ma-whop-Ma-Gate has the distinction of being the smallest street in York if not the United Kingdom, located between Colliergate and Fossgate and intersects Pavement and Stonebrow but in reality its just a raised piece of pavement between St Crux Church and the busy road ,to give an indication how small this street is ,by the time you say the name of the street you've probably walked it .
The unusual name Whip-Ma-Whop-Ma-Gate is from old English Whitnourwhatnourgate which meant Whit Nor What Street which could mean " Nothing At All " or " Neither one thing nor the other " if you look at the plaque at the side of the street , it reads " What A Street " .
Other theories about the name of the street date back to 1505 when there was a whipping post and stocks located here , whatever the origins of the street name one thing is for sure ,people will stop and get their photo took with this strange street name and the street is in an area of outstandingly beautiful architecture.
Most definitely well worth checking out if you're in the area.
Written August 2, 2021
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Sam3314
Derby, UK2,090 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
One of the pub quiz facts about York is that Whip-Ma-Whop-Ma Gate is the shortest street. Worth a visit to see the sign and learn more about the history. Connects the Shambles to Colliergate
Written August 23, 2020
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alisdair t
Workington, UK6,343 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
the shortest street in York. Nothing to see apart from the 2 signs. A great photo opportunity that's all, but must be done.
Written March 21, 2022
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Neil K
Liverpool, UK831,000 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Friends
I love York ,always have done ,been going here for close to 40 years ,lots of interesting places to visit ,one that always amuses me is one of the shortest streets in York with one of the strangest street names.
Whip Ma Whop Ma Gate leads on from Fossgate ,it's basically a raised piece of pavement along which you will find St Crux Church ,the strange name of the street is from old English Whip Ma Whop Ma Gate ( Whitnourwhatnourgate ) which roughly translates as Whit Nor What Street which could actually mean " nothing at all " or conversely " neither one thing nor the other " and if you look at the plaque at the side of the street it states " what a street ".
There are other theories such as mentioned in 1505 there was a whipping post here so this is another possibility of the strange name of this street,either way it's a very cool street to visit.
Written March 2, 2022
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weekak
Edinburgh, UK1,831 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
This is the shortest street in York and is behind St Crux parish church and near the shambles and the name is said to mean 'What a street! or some say it means 'Nothing at all' or 'Neither one thing nor the other' but whatever it means its all very strange and amusing and I love it!
Written December 9, 2021
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