8th April 2013
This is the beautiful 16th century carved mantle installed in the Governor’s Parlour in the fascinating Merchant Adventurers’ Hall, York. The Governor’s Parlour is a Georgian addition to the building and is decorated with William Morris curtains! The Hall itself is the medieval Guild Hall where the merchants used to gather to socialise and conduct their business.
They were called “Adventurers” because investing their money in the various projects to import and export goods was very risky, but also potentially very profitable. From the wealth they accumulated, the merchants provided charity to the sick and the poor, in the hospital in the undercroft of the building.