The corner of Whip-Ma-Whop-Ma-Gate and Pavement
Whip-Ma-Whop-Ma-Gate is said to be the shortest street in York, England. It links Colliergate to Pavement and the Stonebow, and runs behind St Crux parish hall, the site of one of York's medieval churches. St Saviourgate adjoins it.
The name is first recorded in 1505 as Whitnourwhatnourgate, and later appears as Whitney Whatneygate. It could mean either "nothing at all" or "neither one thing nor the other" in Middle English, although a plaque on the end of the parish hall suggests the meaning "what a street!" In 17th and 18th century documents the alternative name Salvey Rents or Salvegate is also found.
No. 1½ Whip-Ma-Whop-Ma-Gate
Whip-Ma-Whop-Ma is the title of a novel by York author Martyn Clayton.
Coordinates: 53°57′33″N 1°04′45″W / 53.959140°N 1.079215°W