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York Archbishops Palace

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Minster Library

In the civil parish of York.
In the historic county of Yorkshire.
Modern Authority of York.
1974 county of North Yorkshire.
Medieval County of Yorkshire Ainsty & York.

OS Map Grid Reference: SE60265229
Latitude 53.96349° Longitude -1.08241°

York Archbishops Palace has been described as a certain Palace.

There are major building remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.
This is a Grade 1 listed building protected by law*.


The remains of the Archbishop's Palace, consisting of a late C12 arcade and a building known as the chapel, probably of early C13 date, and now used as the Minster Library. (PastScape)

The post-Conquest palace of Archbishop Thomas and his successors lay to the north of the Minster and comprised an open court surrounded by buildings. Its visible remains consist of six bays of a late twelfth century blind arcade, known as the 'Cloister', and an L-shaped block to the north which housed the thirteenth century chapel and is now the Minster Library. Documentary sources refer to an aisled medieval hall, a south-west range and a buttressed building to the south-east of the chapel. During the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, the palace fell out of use and, by 1600, had become ruinous. In 1618 the site was leased to Sir Arthur Ingram who incorporated the south-west range into a mansion known as York Palace. Plans and surveys show the layout of the mansion but, by the eighteenth century, this too was in ruins and was demolished and the site cleared in 1814. (Scheduling Report)

Palace, built circa 1154-1181. It was the principal residence of the archbishop's until Walter de Gray bought Bishopthorpe in 1241. C15 archbishop's preferred to live, when in Yorkshire at Cawood Castle, or at their manor-houses.
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