I am obsessed with anything Victorian looking. Streets, houses, dresses, jewellery – you name it, I probably love it. But it’s a style which isn’t always obvious to pick out – you have to go out of your way to learn the overarching themes of the era, like the focus on nature (flowers, animal designs) in a lot of Victorian jewellery. But among historical periods, there’s always one which stands out over and above everything else – the Tudor style; by which I mean the iconic black and white designs. And incredibly fortunately, York has a small supply of these buildings to enjoy.
(Obviously as with many good designs, it’s something which has been copied time and again after its advent, so when I say Tudor buildings, I mean more things which are decorated in the style, not necessarily a reference to when they were built.)
Firstly, and perhaps most famously, the grade 1 listed St. William’s College.
Located back and to the right of the Minster (when approached from the newly-refurbished Minster Piazza), this 15th Century building is pretty special to behold whatever the weather. From its origin as a home for Minster priests, St. William’s College has been from apartments to slum housing, and now to a fully-renovated wedding, conference and tourism venue.
The second, somewhere I’ve already posted in my introductory blog, is the Black Swan on Peasholme Green. Another building which dates back to the period it is styled after (15th Century, as with St. William’s College), but oddly enough, the black and white decoration hasn’t always been there (I am reliably informed by a Victorian postcard I found on eBay of said building).
Lastly, when making a trip to Pizza Hut (as I often do), Lloyds Bank, or anywhere else along Pavement, you can’t miss the beautiful Tudor building, which I’m reliably informed by York Conservation Trust website [x] is named Sir Thomas Herbert’s House. Currently housing the store of Jones Bootmaker, the property was birthplace of said Sir Thomas Herbert in 1606.