Hall Histories: Squashed into slums



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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Hall Histories: Vicars Behaving Badly

Our Hall Histories series continues with a closer look at York vicars behaving badly… When you book your business meeting or afternoon tea here, you won’t forget the scandalous stories of those who called Bedern Hall home.

John Hunter

John Hunter

Medieval York. The intense cloistered life of the vicars is taking its toll and several have started to stray. Word has it that William Burdcleuer has been keeping a woman, despite strict instruction to stay celibate. To make matters worse, she was spotted out in the centre of York after curfew with their two children. The scandalous reputation of the vicars choral spreads across the city well beyond Bedern Chapel on Bartle Garth.

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Hall Histories: The Vicars Choral in 1400

 BedernVicarsChoralBedern Hall may be a beautiful wedding and conference venue today, but it also has a fascinating past. In this series of Hall Histories, we explore some of the stories of people who dined, worked and lived here over the centuries. Join us as we step back into 15th century Medieval York…

1400. Singers gather in the centre of the Vicars Choral college off of Goodramgate for their evening meal.

The hall is large with soaring timber beams and high stone walls. A roaring open fire provides much-needed warmth after a day of services in the Minster. Its smoke fills the air and drifts up to the rafters of the hall’s majestic oak roof.

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Springtime events at Bedern Hall



Beautiful flowers are blooming in the Bedern garden and the smell of hot cross buns is in the air!  Spring is upon us and we have lots of exciting events on our calendar for you to enjoy. From an Easter flower workshop to a new art exhibition, read on to find out more.





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Bedern Breakfast – Networking with a Conscience



So what’s this all about?

Bedern Breakfast bring together like-minded business owners from York and Yorkshire, creating a peer-to-peer forum of Entrepreneurs and Business Owners. Each event will feature a ‘guest in the chair’ for an interview style presentation, with interviewer Alan Kaye.



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The Benefits of a Winter Wedding

winter_wedding_yorkWe all know planning a wedding can be a very stressful time, especially because you want the day to be as perfect as possible. Everything comes with a question mark; the dress? The venue? The time of year? Having a winter wedding can come with so many benefits at Bedern Hall, and we have narrowed down our most significant ones.

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Say “I Do” with our Midweek Wedding Discount

weddings-in-york Weddings at Bedern Hall offer the perfect combination of tradition and elegance in the centre of York. We now also have a midweek offer that will make your day that little bit more special.

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The Bedern Hall Foundation – Keeping York’s History Alive

Bedern_HallBedern Hall is a Medieval Hall located in the centre of York, but so many people don’t know it’s wealth of history and the story behind the building. Having been used as part of the College of the Vicars Choral from the 1390s up until the middle of the 17th century, it is now a place where citizens and tourists of York can come and explore the history, attend an event, or hire it for their own personal or business occasion. The only buildings that remain of the College of the Vicars Choral, who sang services in York Minster, are the Hall, the Chapel and the Gatehouse.

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September Events

Afternoon_teaSeptember at Bedern Hall is set to be a busy month of events, with a Gin Night, an evening of Art and a Breakfast Networking Event.

We host a variety of events here at the Hall and are always happy to have a chat to discuss potential collaborations for future endeavours.

Keep up to date with our upcoming events by signing up to our Events Mailing List here.

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Weddings with a difference at Bedern Hall

York_winter_weddingOver the years we’ve been lucky enough to celebrate with many happy couples on their special day. The joy of a wedding filled with love, family and friends is always a sight to behold. Here at Bedern Hall we cherish working alongside couples throughout the planning process, to the day itself, ensuring their dream day comes true and help them create memories to treasure for a lifetime.

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