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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