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.
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.
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.
Bedern 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.