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York's Merchants

Late medieval York was an important river port, which traded not only along the English coast but also with European ports. These traders became the City’s most powerful group of citizens- the 'Merchant Adventurers'. To reflect their status, they built the Hall, for a long time known locally as Trinity Hall and now known as the Merchant Adventurers’ Hall.


They became known as the 'Company of Merchant Adventurers of the City in York' in a Royal Charter given by Queen Elizabeth I in 1581.


Did they have a special meeting place?

The Merchant Adventurers' Hall in York took four years to construct from 1357 to 1361. It has three main rooms designed to serve the basic functions of a medieval guild. The Great Hall on the upper level was used for business, for meetings and for the Company’s social events.


The Undercroft below was used for charitable purposes as a hospital or almshouse to help the sick and the poor. The third room was the religious room, the Chapel.

This is an interactive about York in earlier Medieval times


Map link: York's Merchant Adventurers' Hall»

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