Barley Hall - York, United Kingdom

I was lucky enough to arrive the first day that they were showing the barley hall retrofitted with the fixings of a Tudor feast. The hall has been restored since it’s use in the 20th century as a number of different trade buildings to show what it may have been like during its first use in the 15th and 16th centuries.

One of the historians of the hall made the astute observation that there are really two viewpoints in the hall. That of the serving quarters and that of the hall itself. In one you look through into the other, and wish you were there. In the other, you look through and are glad that you are where you stand. This is accentuated by the glass windows that physically separate the two parts and the road that passes between