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Thu 20 July 2017 - Stories from Georgian York - Walking Tour - 90 minutes

posted 4 Jul 2017, 08:44 by CBA Yorkshire   [ updated 7 Sep 2017, 15:27 by Paul Brayford ]

Picture of Georgian building in Micklegate, York
Thursday 20 July 2017
17:00 – 18:30
Holy Trinity Church
YorkYO1 6LE

When people think of eighteenth-century towns, they often think of Bath: an elegant city with rows of classical terraces and crescents, inhabited by the characters of a Jane Austen novel. In contrast, York today is often thought of as a Roman stronghold, a Viking settlement, or a medieval town, but York, like Bath, was also a focus for polite society in the Georgian period. In York however, the older timber-framed houses jostled for position among the newer homes and classical facades often hid medieval interiors.

This tour will aim to evoke how the streets would have looked like at this time and also create biographies of the owners and inhabitants. It is an opportunity to put names and stories to the seemingly blank façades of the street, including Mr Theophilus Garencieres who was an apothecary and ran the medicated baths in Stonegate. The walk will also take in the houses of hatters, booksellers, ladies and gentlemen. The tour will begin in Micklegate, before turning to High Ousegate, Pavement and Stonegate.

Meet outside Holy Trinity Church, Micklegate, the walk will take approximately one and a half hours.

Our guide, Dr Matt Jenkins, is an Associate Lecturer at the University of York, specialising in buildings and landscapes.