The Treasurer's House, on the grounds behind the famous York Minster Cathedral in York, England
has a small and simple, yet charming garden at its front entrance
with a view of the cathedral.
It is a quiet space behind the historic York Minster where
old statuary still delights
old pots still have purpose
and a stone bench hints to an ancient past.
The Romans and the Vikings populated these grounds 2000 years ago. The city itself is still surrounded by medieval walls. This house (traditionally occupied by the treasurers of the York Minster, hence the name) is now a mostly 17th century building that has been restructured a few times. The position of the treasurer was abolished by Henry VIII and, eventually, the house became part of National Trust in 1930.
The garden is free and visitors can tour the house for a small fee, stop in for tea and scones, and perhaps run into a few Roman ghosts down in the cellar that still has a portion of an old road built by them. The house is said to be haunted.
So if you take a long weekend or even a day trip from London to marvel at this amazing and complex cathedral that was completed in 1472 and took 250 years to complete,
make sure to hunt down this simple little garden nearby.
Because it is often the simple things we treasure the most.
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Forget the cellar. If I were one of the ghosts, I'd haunt the garden. The cathedral is beautiful.ReplyDelete
Hello, I decided to nominate you, congrats!ReplyDelete
Take care :-)
Thank you, you are so sweet to do so!
Jeannine, I simply love your posts about gardens in England! This one about a relatively small garden is no exception. Is there anything that is not perfect in this garden? The calming green plants, the precise formality in which the garden is designed, the meticulous maintenance that is put into it, the old statuary, and even the ancient stone bench? I only can say England you did it again! English Gardens will never cease to provide indefinite inspiration for me, even though, of course, I will never ever reach that level of gardening in my own little, humble space. Thanks for this beautiful post!ReplyDelete
Thanks, Christina for your kind note. I agree that English gardens are inspiring. I have a long list of gardens I have yet to see in England! I can't wait to go back again someday.Delete
I am thrilled to discover your site...I love gardens and in my next life I would like to come back as a landscape designer/architect. So nice to see all of these beautiful gardens through you eye...I will return often.
Ah, I would love to do the same! Thanks for visiting.
Jeannine, Once again, I so enjoyed going over your posting. So nice to be able to travel with you to all the great places you show. Makes me want to redo - on a very large scale - the gardens here!!!! Thanks for taking the time to post. JackReplyDelete
Thanks, Jack! I am glad you enjoy it. Visit again soon--I have some great West Coast gardens lined up!Delete