In Roman times, York’s Stonegate was called Via Praetoria and was the city’s main thoroughfare from the River Ouse up to the basilica. The road got its present name as it was used by the builders of York Minster to transport the massive blocks of limestone from their landing place on the river.
For most of the day Stonegate is pedestrianised but first thing in the morning the street is full of trucks and delivery vans.
If you walk a short way down Coffee Yard you come to Barley Hall. On this site builders discovered remnants of a 14th century house and so it was decided to recreate the house using traditional building techniques.