York Quilt Museum and Gallery





York Quilt Museum and Gallery


The Guildhall is one four remaining guildhall in the city. The others being Merchant Taylors' Hall, the Merchant Adventurers Hall and the Guildhall. From the mid sixteenth century, the hall was being used as a workhouse. Many of the city’s poor would come to work on weaving, as well as petty criminals who were detained there. Later in the seventeenth century it was used as a knitting school up until as well as a house of correction in the lower part of the hall up until 1814.


Between 1625 and 1649 during the English Civil War, it was used as a storage facility for ammunition as well as an hospital and prison. It was then used by the Blue Coat charity as a school up until 1946. The York Civic Trust began managing the guildhall from 1953 until 2006 when it was purchased by the York Conservation Trust.


York Quilt Museum and Gallery

St Anthonys Hall
Peasholme Green, York, North Yorkshire YO1 7PW
01904 613 242










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