Barley Hall Offers Tour of Medieval Townhouse

A restored medieval townhouse in York, England offers visitors a chance to study medieval building practices. A recent excavation revealed a treasure in a York back-alley. Barley Hall, a 15th century townhouse, was originally constructed as a monastic hostel for a priory, but later became the home of a goldsmith who was one of the first to hear of the death of King Richard III. The beautifully-restored home narrowly escaped destruction when plans were made to replace crumbling buildings with modern structures. Today, tourists will find the house in Coffee Yard, a "snickelway" that runs between Stonegate, a fashionable 15th century address, and Grape Lane. The house is restored and furnished with tours available on occasion by costumed guides.

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