Wednesday, 22 February 2012
York is jam-packed full of incredible historic buildings like this one - the stunning Barley Hall. It is a reconstructed medieval house, once the York townhouse of the Priors of Nostell (a monastery near Wakefield) and then home to a Lord Mayor of York. Until the 1980s the house was hidden within and under a derelict office block. When the block was being demolished, traces of the medieval building were rediscovered. Eventually the site was bought by the York Archeological Trust and the medieval house has been painstakingly uncovered, explored, researched and restored. Approximately 30% of what you see is original, the rest a painstaking reconstruction using similar methods to what would have been used in the first place. Barley Hall now functions as a museum and venue for events and weddings. There's interesting information about the archeological dig and restoration on the website here.