PICTURED here, August 1975, standing in the middle of an area cleared for housing is York’s Bedern Hall, undergoing renovations to its 13th-century roof.

Once the restoration work was complete, plans for its eventual use included a community hall or archaeological museum.

In 1977, Mr John Shannon, chairman of the York Civic Trust, appeared on TV stating that the dining hall, once used by the Vicars Choral of York Minster, “could house the nucleus of a national Viking Museum”.

York Press: Bedern Hall as it looks nowBedern Hall as it looks now

However, looking at this picture, any future plans for the unique hall could be a long way off.

Until then, the restoration process was being well-documented and the building kept watertight until it could be properly restored.

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