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Barley Hall

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Barley Hall is a reconstructed medieval townhouse in the city of York, England. It was built around 1360 by the monks of Nostell Priory near Wakefield and extended in the 15th century. The property went into a slow decline and by the 20th century was sub-divided and in an increasingly poor physical condition. Bought by the York Archaeological Trust in 1987, it was renamed Barley Hall and heavily restored in a controversial project to form a museum. It is open to the public and hosts exhibitions.

The earliest parts of the building were constructed by Thomas de Dereford, prior of Nostell Priory, around 1360. The priory was important in Yorkshire, and the monks used the building as a hospice, or townhouse when visiting the city.[2] By the 1430s, however, the priory had fallen on hard times and the monks decided to rent the building out to raise additional revenue.[2] Around this time there was new building work on the site, involving the poor-quality reconstruction of parts of the great hall.[2] In the 1460s the building was rented to William Snawsell, a prominent local goldsmith, who paid 53 shillings and 4 pence for the property. This was a very high rent for the period.[2] Snawsell was a supporter of Richard III during the troubled period of the Wars of the Roses and had given up the property by 1489.[2]

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