Peter Goodchild led 54 PLACE members on tours of King’s Manor in March. He traced the changing use of the buildings on the site from the house of the Abbot of St Mary’s Abbey in Medieval times through the HQ of the Council in the North, a boarding school and a private residence to part of the University of York today. The grounds were also considered, including former uses as gardens, a market garden, bowling greens, an orchard and, of course, the site of the ruins of St Mary’s Abbey. As well as walking around the site, participants were able to peruse a large number of maps and illustrations covering the period from the Roman occupation to the 21st century. PLACE is very grateful to Peter for giving us such an informative and enjoyable afternoon.
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