Hall Histories: Squashed into slums

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Step back into Victorian York as we uncover the Bedern slums in York. It’s this month’s edition of Hall Histories, sharing stories of the building’s captivating past.

 

Once a fine college home to the highest in York society, Bedern has declined until it is one of the least respectable places in the city.

 

1852. Immigrants from Ireland have come to York after the great potato famine. They’re desperately seeking shelter, but with Bedern now divided into tenement buildings, they can’t expect much.

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