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Dean's Park - remains of palace & memorial
At the edge of Dean's Park you can see a section of ancient arcading, looking like a ruin and not attached to any other building. It is used as a war memorial, as you can see by the poppy wreaths laid down there.
In the Middle Ages, this arcading connected two buildings: The Archbishop's palace and his chapel, which is now the library. The arcading was built in the 12th century and allowed the Archbishop to walk from his palace to the chapel in privacy and sheltered from the weather.
As said above, the arcading is now a war memorial to soldiers who fought in World War One and Two. It does not give names, but the battles in which the soldiers fought are indicated. I am not sure if I saw a memorial like this before: Not a purpose-built one, but a much older building or ruin turned into a place to commemorate.
Directions: Dean's Park, close to the library
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Dean's Park - Library
The Minster library looks more like a church, and the reason for this is that it indeed was built as a chapel, more precisely as the private chapel of the Archbishop. Today, it is used as the archive of the Minster and is the largest of its kind in the UK: There are more than 120,000 books kept there! Among the most famous is the prayer book of Catherine of Aragon.
The building was first constructed in 1230, but the collection itself started in 750A.D., although none of those original books remain. The collection moved to its present location in the former chapel in 1810. Today, it does not only occupy the chapel building, but also several extensions.
When I discovered the building, the doors were closed, and I could not really find information about the possibilities of visiting as a tourist, although the services of the library are open to all residents of York. I must check if an ordinary tourist can visit the interior!
Directions: The Old Palace, Dean's Park
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Dean's House is a pretty building you can see at the Minster Close. It is a very pretty house, but it is not open to visitors and you can only peek through a fence to see it. Another point of view is from the tower of the minster - from here, you can also see the design of the front garden and courtyard. I think this house looks like straight out of a period novel or a fairytale English village! It looks much older than it is, though - in fact it was only built in 1939. It was made of red brick, and its historical look fits in perfectly with the area.
Directions: Minster Close, north of the Minster, close to Treasurer's House
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