St William’s College was built in 1461 as a house for York Minster’s priests in what was then known as Little Alice Lane, now known as College Street after this building.
It was built for 24 chantry priests to reside in, as they had previously caused embarrassment for the Archbishop of York given their previous conduct in the city, often drunk. The building was named after William Fitzgerald of York, a previous Archbishop of York.
The building has changed its use many times, and was later used as a printing house by Charles I. Windows were added to the street in the 1800s, and the building which had been split into separate properties in previous centuries were brought back together in the nineteenth century. The building was restored in the 1980s and is now a restaurant. The medieval halls can still be visited today.