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Fairfax House


Fairfax House, recognised as one of the finest Georgian town houses in England, is situated at 27 Castlegate, which is near to Clifford's Tower and York Castle Museum. The building dates to the early 1740's, when it was probably built by a York merchant. Charles Gregory Fairfax, Viscount Fairfax of Emley, from which the house's name derives, purchased it as a winter home for himself and his only daughter, Anne, in 1759, Fairfax employed the Yorkshire architect John Carr to remodel the interior.

Fairfax House, York

The work was completed in 1765, encapsulating the elegant Georgian era with its decorative embellishments, stucco reliefs and ceilings, elaborate wrought ironwork and wood carvings, the magnificent Great Staircase and Venetian Window. The interior has some of Yorkshire's finest mid-eighteenth century plasterwork by James Henderson (c. 1755–1778) and Giuseppe Cortese (c. 1745 -1778).

Viscount Fairfax died in 1772 and without any sons, his title became extinct and during the next 200 years the house changed ownership on many occasions. Subsequent occupants included Sir Walter Vavasour, 6th Baronet of Haslewood (1780), William Danby (1787) and Peregrine Wentworth (1792). Fairfax House, renamed St. George's Hall, became neglected and fell into disrepair. However, between 1982 and 1984, the York Civic Trust painstakingly renovated the building and it is now a museum open to the public.

Fairfax House

The house also contains a superb collection of eighteenth century furniture and clocks donated by Noel Terry (of the Terry's chocolate factory in York), as well as paintings and decorative arts.

Historic Buildings in York

Barley Hall Bishopthorpe Palace Clifford's Tower Fairfax House
Guy Fawkes Inn Jacob's Well Mansion House Merchant
Adventurers Hall
Norman House St. William's College Treasurer's House York City Walls
York Guildhall

The city of York

Historic buildings in Yorkshire