Gelatine silver print entitled 'Merchant Adventure's Hall, York' by Ian Beesley. Prodiced for the commission `Through the Mill:, The Story of Yorkshire Wool in Photographs'. 1985-1987'.
Perhaps one of the finest medieval buildings in the North of England, the earliest part dates back to the late fourteenth century when it was founded by one of the city trade guilds. By 1430 it belonged to the Guild of the Craft of Mercers which, by 1580, had been reconstituted as the Society of Merchant Adventurers who did much to promote the English cloth trade all over the known world in medieval times.
[Table 8: Through the Mill - The Story of Yorkshire Wool in Photographs, by Ian Beesley and Introduction by Gary Firth]