Merchant Adventurers' Hall
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The Merchant Adventurers' Hall is one of the finest remaining examples of a medieval guildhall still in existence in Britain. The Hall was begun in 1357 and completed four years later. The building consists of a great hall for meetings and business, a chapel, and a charity hospital.
The great hall remains virtually unaltered by the passage of time, save for the 18th century additions of sash windows and a 16th century fireplace. The Governor's Stall is a Georgian invention, and the panelling is Elizabethan.
In the undercroft is the hospital, where the poor and destitute of York were cared for until about 1900. The walls of the undercroft are made of brick, one of the earliest examples of brickwork in York.
At the far end of the undercroft is the chapel, rebuilt in 1411 in both brick and stone. The furnishings of the chapel are not original; they date from 1661.
About Merchant Adventurers' Hall
Address: Fossgate, York, Yorkshire, England, YO1 9XD
Attraction Type: Historic Building
Location: close to Cifford's Tower in city centre
Website: Merchant Adventurers' Hall
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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