Ancient Buildings, York (4), Yorkshire Location map
 
  View of the 15th century St. William's College and Minster Tea Rooms, York, North Yorkshire, England   York.

This fine medieval timber-framed and jettied building, dating from 1461, is St. William's College which now houses the Minster Tearooms. It was built to provide accommodation for Chantry Priests and is the only surviving building of its kind in the country.

 

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  View of the courtyard, St. William's College, North Yorkshire, England   York.

Walk through the archway in the front of St. William's College and you will emerge in this amazing courtyard.

If you buy some refreshments from the Minster Tearooms then, on a fine day, you could sit in this courtyard and admire this structure. Not to be missed!

 

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  Photograph of an old tollgate, York, North Yorkshire, England   York.

The medieval Barker Tower, on the river's edge, was built in the 14th century. It was used in conjunction with Lendal Tower on the opposite bank to control river traffic entering the city.

A great iron chain was stretched across the river between the two towers and boatmen had to pay a toll to cross it. The chain also served as a defence for the city. This tower is also known as the North Street Postern Tower.

 

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  Photograph of St. Mary's Abbey, York, North Yorkshire, Great Britain   York.

The ruins of St. Mary's Abbey in Museum Gardens date back to the late 13th century.

St Mary's was once the largest and richest Benedictine establishment in the north of England and the abbey was one of the largest landholders in Yorkshire until the Dissolution of the Monasteries under Henry VIII when it was closed and subsequently substantially destroyed. The only other remains include the Pilgrims' Hospitium, the West Gate and the 14th-century timber-framed Abbot's House (now called the King's Manor).

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  Photograph of Barley Hall, York, North Yorkshire, Great Britain   York.

Barley Hall is a medieval house which, until recently, was 'hidden' inside a derelict office block and only when the building was going to be destroyed was the amazing medieval building discovered and its history uncovered.

It would be easy to miss being located in Coffee Yard along a narrow alleyway off of Stonegate.

Originally the town house of the Priors of Nostell but later the townhouse of Alderman William Snawsell, goldsmith and Mayor of York. It has now been restored to how it looked at the time of Alderman Snawsell, towards the end of the fifteenth century.

 

 

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