Norman door

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    16.10.2007: Clifton Moor, York

    1. hayespdx 91 months ago | reply

      This is interesting! What's the story on the door, do you know?

    2. Nick in exsilio 91 months ago | reply

      No. I know nothing about this. It is just sitting there on an otherwise pretty ordinary street leading into the centre of the city. My guess is that it was probably once some kind of "hospital" (i.e. place of the provision of welfare), but that's a guess. I did a bit of googling, but couldn't find anything!

    3. hayespdx 91 months ago | reply

      That seems like a good guess. I suppose it could have been salvaged from a destroyed church, although I don't know of any other instances of that. In any case, nicely spotted.

    4. Vitrearum (Allan Barton) 89 months ago | reply

      I used to live around the corner from this set of almshouses. Ingram's hospital it is called. It was built in 1635 by Sir Arthur Ingram of Temple Newsman, who was also tenant of te archbishop's palace in York. The almshouse was built to house ten poor widows. It is now owned by the York Conservation Trust and has been converted into four flats - always quite fancied living in one. The doorway is early 13th century and is reputed to have been taken from the demolished quire of Holy Trinity priory in Micklegate, although it could have come from St Mary's abbey, which is closer.

      Allan

    5. Nick in exsilio 89 months ago | reply

      Thanks for that information! I really hate it when I see something interesting like this, but don't have time to find out what it actually is and why it's there. Interesting that the doorway was probably moved. I imagined it had been there since time immemorial and built around.

      Yes, what a nice place for a flat!

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