Capital of the North - Medieval York

1 days

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Summary

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

Tour highlights:

  • 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 of the Richard III experience at Monk Bar
  • 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

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£150

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Dr Emma Wells

Guide Lecturer

Dr Emma J. Wells is an historian of architectural history at the University of York, and the author of many publications, including Pilgrim Routes of the British Isles, which was lauded as “a beautifully written and hugely useful book” by Oxford art historian and broadcaster Dr Janina Ramirez.

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Tour Departure Tour ID Departure date Guided by Price Availability
13 August 2021 AXYO210813 13 August 2021 (Friday) Dr Emma Wells £150
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