When looking round the ruins of old castles and abbeys, you often come across, what the guidebook assures you are the robbed out remains of a great hall. I always find myself imagining some great stone built structure.
Looking at the Merchant Adventurersʼ Hall really drove home to me that those walls are just as likely to be the foundations of a magnificent timber framed building such as this.
It was built between 1357 and 1361 for the Company of Merchant Adventurers of the City of York, a medieval guild or trading association that still exists to this day.
The huge double aisled Great Hall is about 30 metres (100ft) long and 13 metres (45ft) wide. To one side are a series of anti-rooms leading to the Governorʼs Parlour, and downstairs, accessed through the Undercroft, is the Companyʼs Chapel.
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