The Last Day of York (for us, that is) (Official Post)

Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen! (Or if you’re one of our dedicated readers back in the states: good morning!)

The educational programming of the day has come to a close, along with a significant portion of our free time before we ship out for Helmsley, our next stop on this trip. Due to the lack of internet at our hostel in Helmsley, I am posting a bit early today.

Our first, of two, stop today was at Barley Hall, a reconstructed medieval home that once housed a Lord Mayor of York. Getting its start circa 1360 as part of the Nostell Priory and developed from there. Starting in the 1400’s, however, the Priory fell on some hard times and had to lease out the building (it wasn’t called Barley Hall then, but more on that later…). One of the tenants who stayed there was a goldsmith by the name of William Snawsell who would become the Lord Mayor of York. This house would descend through the years with changes being made here and there. At one point, a brick office building façade was built around the house and Barley Hall would be forgotten… Until 1987, that is. In 1987, discovering Barley Hall’s long and interesting past, the York Archaeological Trust bought the build and conducted surveys in pursuit of the mysteries of Barley Hall (which was named for the founder of the York Archaeological trust). Since then the Trust has restored the building to what it would’ve approximately looked like in its heyday.

The second stop was an equally interesting place. The Fairfax was a house built by Viscount Fairfax for his daughter, Anne, in 1760. Rife with Georgian architecture, furniture, and culture, the Fairfax House did present a good deal of information but there wasn’t any photos allowed L

As you may have noticed I wrote more about the first stop than the second, but that’s simply because I am more interested in the older stuff…

Anyhoo, gotta skedaddle for the bus,

Tyler

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