Treasurer's House, York
Treasurer's House
The Treasurer's House, just behind York Minster, was built in 1419 as a home for the treasurer of the Minster. It served in this capacity until 1547, before passing through a number of private owners.

In 1720 the building was divided in two, separating Gray's Court, with its fine courtyard and 12th century foundations, from the current Treasurer's House.

The house itself contains a fine collection of medieval furnishings, as well as later 17th and 18th century furniture. An audio-visual display recounts the history of the place.

Treasurer's House interiors
Elegant interior room
Roman Ghosts
Don't go down to the cellars alone! Legend has it that when workmen were repairing the cellars, they saw a frightening apparition of a group of Roman legionnaries marching past. The ghosts were only visible above the knees, as if their lower legs were cut off. Excavations later revealed that a Roman road ran beneath the cellar floor, just where the ghostly legionnaries were marching.

Visiting Treasurer's House
Treasurer's House is like an oasis of peace compared to the nearby Minster with its hordes of tourists. The gardens are a wonderful, peaceful space around a central greeen. The house is a fascinating study in time periods, with furnishings running the gamut from medieval to Georgian.