How old is the Tithe Barn?
Timbers still existing in the Barn
have been dated back to around 1542/3 by a dendochronologist, who has
examined samples of annual tree rings. Brickwork was added some 200
years later. Thus the original Tithe Barn is over 450 years old.
Who built it?
It stands on land originally owned
by the Church, but was probably built by the well known Lawson family of
York, who occupied the Manor House after the Dissolution of the Monasteries.
They were followed by the famous Hutton family, two members of which later
became Archbishops of York.
Why do some people call it Rupert's Barn?
Prince Rupert, on his way to the
battle of Marston Moor in 1644, is said to have housed part of his army in
the Barn. There is however no firm evidence that this particular barn
With which other
historical event was it associated?
In 1660, Lord Fairfax and over 200
Yorkshire gentlemen gathered around the Tithe Barn before marching into York
to announce the Restoration of King Charles II