Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Barley Hall


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.

8 comments:

  1. fabulous work of restoration!

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  2. It looks to be very well maintained.

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  3. Rebuilding it must have been a time consuming task! Lovely to see historic buildings being restored.

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  4. The half-timbered look really catches the eye, doesn't it?

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  5. Those windows are so narrow, they probably didn't have glass in the 1400s. They were true "Wind Doors"

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  6. I sure it was costly to restore, but so wonderful to see when that happens. ~Lili

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  7. Barley Hall! Last time we went to the Liverpool city centre hotels, family and myself, we made sure to visit this place, too. I am quite amazed, it looks like it's been build in the times of the sea traders! Cheers for the awesome picture! :)

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