Medieval Half-Timber

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The settlers of York were for the most part German peasants, and therefore their building techniques were medieval in nature. While other parts of the country were developing new styles, the German peasants preferred an older style reminiscent of their homeland. Features of the Medieval Half-Timber Style include first-story log construction with second-story brick and exposed timber. The faηade is typically unbalanced, with a large chimney located at the center of the building. The roof is steeply pitched and, in many instances, covered with shingles. In York, there is only one surviving example of this style, the Golden Plough Tavern located at 161 West Market Street.

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