The tower's original purpose was as a toll tower; a huge chain stretched across the river and connected Barker Tower to Lendal Tower in order to control traffic on the River Ouse.
It also served as a defence tower to ward off potential invaders, such as the attack from rebels of the Earl of Northumberland and Westmoreland in 1584.
Who are we?
We, Shirley and Richard, are the current owners of The Perky Peacock, and have recently taken over the Café after many years living in Bahrain.
We are very happy to have you here to enjoy this beautiful building and become part of its long history.
We hope that as you enjoy our great coffee and delicious food, that you spare a moment to reflect on the 700+ years of history that this building holds.