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by David Nash Ford BA,
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The King's Manor
In Exhibition Square
Now the historical centre of the University of York - housing the Centre for Medieval Studies, the Department of Archaeology and the Institute of Advanced Architectural Studies - the King's Manor is the much extended Abbot's House of St. Mary's Abbey. Here powerful Abbots like William Sever (alias Senhouse) (later Bishop of both Carlisle and Durham) would have lived in the lap of medieval luxury.
The courtyard is usually open to the public - just report to the porter's lodge where guides are on sale. The main entrance building, with its wings sweeping westward around the inner courtyard, is the 13th century Abbots' House (15th century brick upper floor). 16th, 17th and 18th century additions date from the building's time as the home of the Council of the North and various local dignitaries.
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