Yorkshire is so fortunate to have such a majestic building, combined with its equally distinctive history and connections. Briefly the city of York was founded by the Romans as ‘Eboracum’ in 71AD and became their capital of the interior. The name of the city as York is derived from Old Norse ‘Jorvik’ and was first used after the Romans around 100AD. The city is unusual in that its medieval walls surrounding it are the most complete in England and today give protection to its cathedral YORK MINSTER, the largest Gothic Cathedral in Northern Europe. The present day building has gone through many stages of rebuilding due to invasions, collapsing towers, and of course fires. It is as well the city is situated on the confluence of The Ouse for had it not been in 1984 there would be very little left after its most devastating fire. As it is today it stands dominating for miles around with its handsome towers that hold 6 bells for chiming the quarters in the North West, and a peal of 14 bells for ‘change ringing’ in the South West. The Minster also has a Carillon of 35 bells so in total has the most number of bells of any cathedral. Its peal of 14 will be ringing out on April 23rd in celebration of England’s Patron Saint, and the 400th anniversary of England’s famous son William Shakespeare.