Barley Hall, medieval medicines and ghosts


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After a relaxing time in Molly’s Tea Shop Bertie and Croc resumed their exploration of the historic city of York.

As they jiggled along inside the coat pocket they were hiding in Croc took up his now habitual position on top of a wad of tissues and peeped out at the street scenes which were floating past. There was so much to see, so much going on, his Crocodile brain could hardly process it all as quickly as it was happening. Croc had never seen so many people in one place and he clung on very tightly to the inside edge of the pocket with his claws to ensure he did not take a tumble from the pocket and get lost.

The buildings here were so strange. They were small, close together and made out of wood! Croc was use to detached buildings which stood alone with tin roofs and cyclone proof stilts to allow the breeze to blow around them. These buildings felt almost claustrophobic.

Suddenly they turned away from the hustle and bustle of the street and the strange golden man posing as still as a statue for photographs in the street. The sounds faded away and they were down a little back alley with a cobbled pathway, then suddenly blinded by a beam of sunlight.

Bertie had noticed Croc’s growing interest in historic buildings and decided to show Croc Barley Hall, a reconstructed medieval townhouse which is hidden in the centre of the city of York. The building was originally built around 1360 by the monks from Nostell Priory in Wakefield, it was later extended in the 15th century but then left, like many historic buildings, to go to ruin. Thankfully Barley Hall was rescued and restored by York Archaeology Trust in 1987 and turned into an awesome museum with attractions such as medieval medicines.

As Bertie continued to get carried away telling Croc about the ghost stories of Barley Hall Croc was beginning to feel quite overwhelmed. He decided he didn’t like the idea of ghosts and when it came to posing for a photograph he refused to come out of the pocket so Bertie had to brave this one on his own! Can you see where Bertie is posing in the photographs?

 

Story and photograph copyright of Samantha Key 2016

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