|Stonegate is the street that runs south-east from the Minster to St Helen's Square, and it is considered by many to be one of the finest streets in York.|
It dates back to Roman times when it was the Via Praetoria of Eboracum. Then during the 13th century when York Minster was being built it was the route by which the stone masons carried their stone from the river to the Minster.
Today the street is flanked by houses dating from the 15th and 16th century, many of which are now home to a variety of elegant shops and boutiques.
At 52A Stonegate you will find the Norman House. Parts of the house date from around 1180, making it the oldest house in York and one of only a few surviving Norman houses in the whole of Britain.
Off to the side of Stonegate is Coffee Yard, named after the coffee houses that stood here in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Before coffee, the square was a centre for the printing and publishing industries. Today it is once again a popular meeting place with several coffee shops to pass away the time in.
The Yard is also home to Barley Hall, once the home of a 15th century York goldsmith.
Today the house belongs to the York Archaeological Trust and it is filled with crafts and furniture made by modern craftsmen using traditional medieval techniques. Barley Hall is open daily except Sundays from 10am to 4.30pm.
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