Merchant Taylors' Hall, York
|Merchant Taylors' Hall, York|
The front of the Merchant Taylors Hall Showing the seventeenth century red brick cladding
|Designated||14 June 1954|
|Location within York|
The Merchant Taylors' Hall in York, England, is a medieval guildhall near the city wall in the Aldwark area of the city. Constructed by the Fraternity of St John the Baptist (an organisation connected to the Taylors' Guild) in the fourteenth century, it received a new cladding in the seventeenth century. The main hall is 60 by 30 feet (18.3 by 9.1 m), with 30 feet (9.1 m) ceilings. The adjoining Counsel House (sometimes called the Counting House) contains two stained glass windows by York glass painter Henry Gyles. The south window shows Queen Anne, and was made to commemorate her accession to the throne.
In the eighteenth century, the building was used for banquets and entertainment, including rope dancing, tumbling and a pantomime called "The Force of Magick or The Birth of Harlequin".
The building is still used by the Guild of Merchant Taylors of York, and is available to hire. It is a short walk from this Hall to the Merchant Adventurers' Hall, the hall (originally) of the Mercers' Guild in York.
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