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Google Street View's most picturesque street is Shambles

Cobbled street in York triumphs in Street View awards

A winding, cobbled street in York has been voted the most picturesque street in Britain in the inaugural Google Street View awards.

Shambles, a 600-year-old street that's become a tourist attraction for its leaning wood-framed buildings, won the award after 11,000 people voted in Google's awards.

"The shops here are all strikingly different and unique," Ian Addyman, owner of Past Images photography shop in Shambles, told the Press Association.

"There is a real feeling of community amongst shop owners and I think we all feel privileged to work in such a beautiful place."

Shambles, Google Street View

Other streets on the shortlist included Royal Crescent, Bath; Grey Street, Newcastle; College Lane, Oxford; Kings Road, London and Mathew Street, Liverpool.

Google judges selected the shortlist, and voters were told to choose a winner that was uniquely British and visually charming.

"The Google Street View Awards are aimed to celebrate the many fantastic streets that Britain has to offer, and the results reveal a diverse cultural landscape of food, fashion and beauty that puts the winning towns firmly on the map," said Google spokesperson Ed Parsons.

Google Street View, which launched in the UK last year, is an add-on to Google Maps and Google Earth that allows users to see street-level photographs of a number of cities.

The images are captured by specially adapted Google Street View cars that travel the UK taking photographs. However, the service has attracted a number of privacy concerns.

Currently, Google holds Street View images for a year but last month the EU's Article 29 Data Protection Working Party said the search engine must chop this in half, as 12 months is a "disproportionate" length of time.

See also:

23 strange sights in Google Steet View

Google told to ditch Street View images after 6 months


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