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Barley Hall

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The entrance to Barley Hall - York's hidden medieval gem.

© York Archaeological Trust

    • Barley Hall is a stunning medieval house, once home to the Priors of Nostell and the Mayor of York. Until the 1980s the house was hidden under the relatively modern facade of a derelict office block. Only when the building was going to be destroyed was the amazing medieval building discovered and its history uncovered. Explore York in the time of Henry VIII at our Power and Glory exhibition. Discover the archaeology, first-hand accounts of life in the city and the effects that this greatest of Tudor monarchs had on life in York during his thirty-eight year reign. Magic and Mystery is a new exhibition at Barley Hall that explores the often fine line between science, religion and magic in medieval society. Galleries invite you to explore the role of magic in the everyday lives of people living in the Middle Ages. Displays investigate the individuals pronounced in written records as witches and wizards; the ‘science’ of magic, alchemy and experimentation; protective charms and forecasting the future through prophecies and dreams.
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