Capital of the North - Medieval York
Following William the Conqueror's defeat of King Harold and his Anglo-Saxon forces at the Battle of Hastings in 1066, his throne was nominally secure but he still had one hurdle to overcome: the control of his realm. Though he marched north, the city of York bore no resistance and so it became a base for his northern explorations. But Eboracum did not escape so easily. Several uprisings against the Norman invaders led to wide scale revolt. William retaliated with an unprecedented savagery, retaking the city and decimating the surrounding landscape. York emerged like a phoenix rising from the ashes.
Spend a day exploring its rich architectural heritage, such as the famous city walls, four fortified gates, or "bars", and further buildings including Merchant Adventurers' Hall and a medieval townhouse, to trace how York blossomed and regained its economic, religious and civic importance in the north. The day culminates at the magnificent Minster, rebuilt in the Gothic style between 1220 and 1472: one of the greatest artistic achievements of the Middle Ages. Introductory lecture on Medieval York at Clifford's Tower. Set off on a walking tour of York, including a guided tour of Merchant Adventurers' Hall, Barley Hall and a tour on foot to visit sites such as the ruins of St Mary's Abbey and Kings Manor, before culminating in a private guided tour of York Minster
Study Day -
09.45 Meet at stair entrance to Clifford’s Tower (former York Castle)
10.00 Expert introductory lecture on Medieval York.
10.30 Set off to tour Barley Hall, a stunning medieval town house, once home to the Priors of Nostell and Lord Mayor of York.
13.15 On foot to visit the ruins of St Mary’s Abbey/St Leonard’s Hospital and Kings Manor.
14.15 On to a private tour of York Minster with exclusive access to the Tracery Room and Mason’s Yard and a guided tour of the Minster.
16.30 Day ends