Treasurer’s House

Sunday, December 11th 2016
TREASURER’S HOUSE
LOCATION OF YORK’S MOST NOTABLE MANIFESTATION
MORE THAN JUST ROMANS HAUNT THE ANCIENT SITE IN THE SHADOW OF THE MINSTER

y way of prelude, ‘though I fear it seems scarcely necessary to give state, York has a protracted and rich history. An oft recited quote from King George VI holds that ‘the history of York is the history of England’, and who are we to contend with such an eminent voice? As such, when the visiting traveller is presented with the opportunity to be immersed in the remnants of such an opulent and diverse past it may seem problematic to decide upon where to begin. One could do far worse than to choose a building as important for its history as it is notorious for its ghosts.
    Constructed in the shadow of York Minster itself, the Treasurer’s House was originally built to function as the home of the Minster’s treasurer, it’s non de plume suggesting that however resplendent the city’s history it appeared to have little impact on the imaginative inclination of its inhabitants.
The foremost such favoured gentleman was Radulphus, appointed in 1091 and followed in 1109 by William Fitz Herbert who, it would appear, was in residency when the building succumbed to the onslaught that was      Continue Reading