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Treasurer's House

 © Treasurer's House, National Trust

In the heart of ancient York, Treasurer's House embraces 2,000 years of history 

Just behind York Minster, you'll discover a house and garden full of stories. Find out about Frank Green, its last owner, and why the furniture hasn't moved since he left in 1930. Hear stories of Royal visits and Roman ghosts. Relax in the garden or enjoy lunch in the historic setting of the Below Stairs Café.

 

Collection

Frank Green loved to collect antique furniture for his exotic collection © Treasurer's House, National Trust

Frank Green loved to collect antique furniture for his exotic collection

Until his death in 1954, wealthy industrialist Frank Green amassed an eclectic collection of furniture, art and textiles

Frank bought and restored several historic houses to provide the perfect backdrops for his pieces, and the thirteen rooms at Treasurer's House display items from a 300-year period.

Entrance Hall

Frank Green loved to collect antique furniture for his exotic collection © Treasurer's House, National Trust

Frank Green loved to collect antique furniture for his exotic collection

Frank wanted to make a good impression on his visitors.

The fireplace, windows and decorative walls may look like original historical features, but many were actually introduced by the house's last owner, Frank.

Dining Room

Frank Green loved to collect antique furniture for his exotic collection © Treasurer's House, National Trust

Frank Green loved to collect antique furniture for his exotic collection

With 16th century origins and 18th century embellishments, the Dining Room is full of textures and patterns.

From the intricate plasterwork carvings on the ceiling to the tripod table with carved dolphin-shaped feet, this room was one of Frank's showpieces.

Great Hall

Marvel at the grandeur of the Great Hall © Treasurer's House, National Trust

Marvel at the grandeur of the Great Hall

The impressive space of the Great Hall is the largest room in the house,

Frank Green was convinced that this 'medieval' great hall had once been an original feature. He removed windows, panelling and an entire upper floor to transform it into a vast historic backdrop for some of the largest items from his collection of furniture, art and textiles.

William and Mary Staircase

Marvel at the grandeur of the Great Hall © Treasurer's House, National Trust

Marvel at the grandeur of the Great Hall

A favourite feature of the house, this sweeping staircase makes for a grand entrance.

Unlike the rest of the house, the staircase has had few alterations since the early 18th century. The green patterned wallpaper is called 'Malmesbury' and was a favourite of Frank's.

Blue Drawing Room

The blue drawing room is where Frank Green entertained his esteemed guests © Treasurer's House, National Trust

The blue drawing room is where Frank Green entertained his esteemed guests

Once divided into two rooms, this elegant lounge was restored around 1910.

The peacock blue colour and bronze detailing was chosen by Frank, and gives the room a regal feel. The furniture was also chosen to impress, and includes an intricately patterned French 'Boulle' writing table.

Queen's Room

The blue drawing room is where Frank Green entertained his esteemed guests © Treasurer's House, National Trust

The blue drawing room is where Frank Green entertained his esteemed guests

This room gets its name from the visit by future King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra in 1900.

Frank Green made few alterations to the early 18th-century interior apart from introducing the present fireplace from the adjacent Gray's Court.

Princess Victoria's Room

The blue drawing room is where Frank Green entertained his esteemed guests © Treasurer's House, National Trust

The blue drawing room is where Frank Green entertained his esteemed guests

The room is named after Edward VII's (then Prince of Wales) second daughter, who stayed here with her parents in 1900. There is a coat of arms at the head of the tester bed.

The decor of this room originally mirrored the adjacent Queen's Room but the present paint scheme shows the room as it was in the 1920s.


Tapestry Room

The blue drawing room is where Frank Green entertained his esteemed guests © Treasurer's House, National Trust

The blue drawing room is where Frank Green entertained his esteemed guests

The delicate tapestry gives this room its name, but all is not as it seems.

This room has been changed several times. Most significantly was the addition of a lift and bathroom within two cupboards in the 1920s. This was quite a departure from the room's 17th century origins!

King's Room

The blue drawing room is where Frank Green entertained his esteemed guests © Treasurer's House, National Trust

The blue drawing room is where Frank Green entertained his esteemed guests

Occupied by future King Edward VII on his visit with his family in June 1900, this room is part of the earliest, 16th century, section of the house.

When Edward Prince of Wales stayed in this room this room, it had white paintwork but - always a stickler for accuracy - Frank Green later introduced a stencilled scheme, based on the 16th century painted chamber at nearby St William's College.

Find out all about Frank Green

Frank Green had a keen eye for fashion and was always well turned out

Discover the story of Frank Green, the eccentric Wakefield businessman who created Treasurer's House and gave it to the National Trust, together with his varied collection of art and antiques. Look out for the quirky signs he put up around the house for his staff, including one insisting that workmen wear slippers at all times.

Read his story here

Roman York display in the cellar

Harry Martindale telling his Roman ghost story

Harry Martindale telling his Roman ghost story

March along to see our exciting display about Roman York. Discover where the Roman fort was located, and find out about the legionaries and auxiliaries who were stationed here. Before you go down to the cellar, watch the video of Harry Martindale describing his sighting of the ghosts of Roman soldiers and horses. Available until 17 September 2015.

 

The first floor flat

An ever changing space revealing the fascinating Frank Green

A suite of rooms once used as a flat now contains the Fascinating Frank  exhibition. Learn how to tie a bow tie and dress as an Edwardian lady in the dressing-up room. Don't forget to pick out a holiday read from our second-hand book store. Available until 17 September 2015.

The Basement

Treasurers House basement room

Now the Below Stairs Café, the basement was once the servants' working quarters. Learn what kind of man Frank Green was to work for and discover more about the lives of the Edwardian staff.

The Attic

Visitors don hard hats for an attic and roof tour

Don a hard hat for our tour of the attic and the roof outside. Hear about the visit of the Prince of Wales in 1900 and learn about the strict segregation of male and female servants. 

Available until 17 September 2015. Tours will not be running during the Vivien Leigh exhibition.

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Take a look at our top ten

Top ten items in the collection

 

At Treasurer's House, there is a fascinating and varied collection of furniture, textiles, art and ceramics from many historical periods and all parts of the globe, reflecting Franks Green's travels and artistic taste. Take a look at this Top Ten article to get you started.

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