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Highwayman

Romantic, rebellious or downright ruthless?

The highwayman is a familiar figure to most. Join us on Wednesday 27 April at 7.00pm for a guest lecture by Professor James Sharpe who uncovers the The Georgian Highwayman and the realities of life on the eighteenth-century highway.

Thomas Cameo

The last suspect … now you decide

Thomas Kip, Linkboy, is the last suspect to come under the magnifying glass. Poor and living with his family in the slums of Water Lanes, Thomas earns a crust by guiding sedan chairs by the light of his torch. He came to Fairfax House at 7 o’clock of the night in question so had ample opportunity. His father is in prison for stealing – has Thomas inherited his weakness for theft?

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Gregory The Town House Mouse

Gregory The Town House Mouse

England’s Finest Georgian Town House

Come and unlock the splendour within the finest Georgian town house in England. A classical architectural masterpiece of its age, Fairfax House was originally the winter home of Viscount Fairfax. Its richly decorated interior was designed by York’s most distinguished eighteenth-century architect, John Carr.

Extensively adapted in the twentieth century as a cinema and dance hall, Fairfax House was saved from decay and returned to its former glory by York Civic Trust in 1982-84.

Today, Fairfax House once more transports you to the splendour of city-living in Georgian York, the centre of polite society. The superb Noel Terry collection of furniture, clocks, paintings and decorative arts, described by Christie’s as one of the finest private collections of the twentieth century, perfectly complements the house, bringing it to life and creating a special lived-in feeling.

With an exciting programme of special events and changing exhibitions, there is always a reason to visit Fairfax House.

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