Hidden in Clear View by fishers

Hidden in Clear View

Part of the area of York around York Minster is known as Minster Yard. As you walk through the area there is a tendancy to look at the impressive Minster building, and not to notice other buildings around it. Well, here is one of those buildings that I have not really looked at before.

This building was built in 1837 as a pair of houses for the Dean and Chapter of the Minster, but it was later used as part of the Minster School. It used to be known as the Minster Chamber before it became part of the school.

Towards the right of the building, and in front of it, is a pillar that is almost as high as the building. This came from the north-east colonnade of the Roman headquarters building that used to occupy the site where the Minster is now located. It was originally built in c100 AD by the soldiers of Legion IX. It was re-assembled and re-used by Legion VI in the 4th century. It was again rebuilt in its present location in 1971 after being rediscovered by archaeologists. The column was excavated from beneath York Minster in 1969 and given to the City of York to mark the 1900th anniversary of the foundation of the city in c71 AD.

The school buildings are facing an uncertain future. The effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on Minster finances has been drastic, and one of the cost savings was the closure of the Minster School in summer 2020, which had been heavily subsidised by the Minster. So far there have been no signs of change of use for either this or other school buildings, but it would be lovely if there was an opportunity to have a look inside at some point. Proposals include a refectory, ticket office and booking office for the Minster, although I'm not sure if that affects this particular building.

Ian
What a great capture of this historic building.
March 4th, 2021  
Hadn’t realised this beautiful building is so “young” thanks for the information
March 4th, 2021  
Great capture of the architectural details of this historical building
March 4th, 2021  
lovely
March 4th, 2021  
I really love the cathedral precincts, Canterbury is the same, and Winchester, so many stories to tell.
March 4th, 2021  
A super capture of this historical building, hope it can be saved in some form.
March 4th, 2021  
Amazing history, great shot
March 4th, 2021  
Beautiful, hope they can save it
March 4th, 2021  
It's amazing what you don't notice isn't it? I'm so glad you stopped to look and give us this treat. A super looking building, fav.
March 4th, 2021  
Magnificent building and history! I am sure it will be saved, too much history in this building
March 4th, 2021  
Love the building, and what a history!
March 4th, 2021  
A lovely building and great narrative.Fav😊
March 4th, 2021  
Fabulous architecture and interesting narrative.
March 4th, 2021  
Great shot of the facade of this nice old building. Fav.
March 4th, 2021  
Jo
Wonderful capture and informative narrative - thank you for sharing.
March 5th, 2021  
Love those red doors
March 5th, 2021  
Its impressive itself and I love the red door!
March 5th, 2021  
Very impressive building with a nice history. Thank you for the history piece.
March 5th, 2021  
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Thank you all for your lovely comments and favs, which are very much appreciated.

I don't think there is any likelihood of this building being lost, since it is a listed building and is at the heart of a conservation area. It will almost certainly be reused, but with some internal changes.

Ian

March 5th, 2021  
What a grand former school, and so good to share these lesser noticed historical buildings
March 5th, 2021  
@busylady

Thank you Judith. York has so many interesting buildings, it becomes easy to miss some.

Ian
March 6th, 2021  
Very nice
March 9th, 2021  
@bkbinthecity

Thank you Brian, we are fortunate to have so many lovely buildings in York.

Ian
March 13th, 2021  
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