The Norman House
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: Remnants of the oldest surviving house in York
There are two walls and nicely preserved first-floor windows with fine tracery. The house area was restored by the York Civic Trust in 1969.
The house served at one time as a Prebendal house of Osbaldwick, a village near York, and a later house on the site was used by clergy serving York Minster until the 19th century.
The Norman House was discovered in 1939, and one immediate question that needed resolving was if the stone building was a house or an ecclesiastical building. Examination of the surviving window openings showed that they were unglazed, with a metal bar for safety - thus we can be fairly certain that it was a domestic house. Another discovery made by archaeologists was a medieval toilet - an unusual domestic survival.
The house would have had a hall on the first floor, and a red stone line on one wall shows the location of the floor level. At ground level, there would have been an undercroft, used for storage.
Who lived at the Norman House?
The short answer is that we don't know, but what we do know is that they were people of status; stone was by far the most expensive building material in the 12th century, so whoever built Norman House had no little social standing and obviously a good deal of disposable wealth. Compare the stone-built Norman House to the quite substantial yet completely timber-framed structure of nearby Barley Hall.
The Norman House is reached through an arch between number 50 and 52 Stonegate. It won't take long to visit, but its worth a side-trip to get a glimpse into domestic life some 800 years ago!
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About The Norman House
Address: off Stonegate, York, Yorkshire, England
Attraction Type: Historic Building
Location: Located just behind Stonegate. Open access.
Website: The Norman House
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Opening Details: Open access site, usually accessible at any reasonable time
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