Yorkshire - Eric Stevens

York Minster Chapter House

The beautiful and unusual Chapter House is one of York Minster’s architectural gems and its vaulted roof is the earliest example of its kind to use a revolutionary engineering technique.

It was built between the 1260s to 1280s and its magnificent, vaulted ceiling is supported by timbers in the roof, instead of by a central column.

In 1297 the Chapter House was used as the location for the Parliament of King Edward I.

The Chapter House’s walls contain some of the Minster's finest carvings, most dating from 1270 to 1280s. They include a lowly mouse, cats and dogs, a jester, and several characters pulling funny faces.

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