Merchant Adventurer's Hall - York
The Merchant Adventurers Guild Hall in York, built in the majority in 1357 and still in perfectly good use today.
The slant you see is how it lies - I didn't want to "adjust" the photo to fix it because that wouldn't be accurate. The floor slants :D It's old!
This is one of the only remaining timber framed Guild Halls left in the entirety of Northern Europe. It is utterly spectacular.
How lucky was it that we were alone in the whole place. I'm guessing in the summer months it's piled with tourists but not that day. We had the whole place to ourselves, we checked everything out. Probably why I only took two photos -- I was reading and listening to the audio tour and thoroughly enjoying myself and getting immersed in medieval times.
The irony was not lost on me that the "Merchant Adventurers" were able to keep this building all this time because they are basically capitalists. They earned their money in the middle ages by speculating and trade. Of course they were successful through the centuries! Cracks me up. :)
Well, I'm certainly delighted that this building still stands.
You know they built things right when you can go down into the Undercroft and see the marks of all the floods the building has been through. Seven centuries -- and with care and attention any building can last ;)