SE6051NW COPPERGATE 1112-1/28/276 (South East side) 14/06/54 Nos.28, 30 AND 32
Hall house and tenement shops; now shops and building society. Probably C15 partly demolished later; hall floored and fireplaces inserted early C17; further alterations c1800; later C19 shopfronts, part renewed in C20; Nos 28 and 30 restored 1988 and 1994. MATERIALS: timber-framed, plastered and white-washed at front with timber eaves frieze and cornice on paired modillions; rear infilling replacement brick in stretcher bond; original infilling of plastered panels, survives in some interior walls. Front range roofed in tiles, hall range in pantiles; brick stack. EXTERIOR: 3-bay tenement range at front, with parallel 3-bay hall and chamber range at rear. 3-storey 3-window front. Left end bay of front range, probably original porch bay, deeply jettied at first floor; 2 bays to right jettied on first and second floors. One curved porch bracket survives at left of porch bay. Plain shopfronts with moulded pilaster jambs, moulded cornices and panelled risers. On first floor, windows to Nos 28 and 30 are 1-pane sashes, to No.32 tripartite sash with 12-pane centre window. Second floor windows are 2x9-pane horizontal sliding sashes. Renovation in 1994 revealed carved first and second floor bressumers. Rear: timber-framing exposed. Right return of hall range: timber-framing and crown post roof truss exposed. INTERIOR: timber-frame survives virtually intact throughout, including studded partition walls, blocked 2-light window in second floor front room of Nos 28 and 30, and inserted first floor to hall on chamfer-stopped transverse beams. Ceilings elsewhere mostly underdrawn. Roof trusses where visible are of crown post construction with side and collar purlins. Nos 28 and 30: on ground floor, segment-arched openings on fluted pilasters lead to renewed winder staircase rising around hemispherical niche. Against end wall of hall, massive brick fireplace with cambered timber lintel, the ends shaped into corbels. On first floor, at the head of the stairs, a fragment of painted wall plaster is preserved behind perspex panel. Right room in front range has corner chimneypiece with pilaster jambs enriched with wheatear drops, leaf capitals, frieze with festoons and paterae, and draped urns at each end. Rear room has plain fireplace with moulded cornice shelf, and ducks-nest grate with urns and palm fronds to sidepieces. Length of timber lintel to earlier fireplace is exposed above, and second fragment of painted wall plaster. On second floor of hall, chamfered segment-arched fireplace of brick; in front range, in inserted passage with door of 6 raised and fielded
panels two rows of wooden wall pegs survive. No.32: front room on first floor has late C19 fireplace with plain bracketed shelf fitted with early C20 cooking range. Room to rear has brick fireplace with chamfered segment-arched lintel and ducks-nest grate with rinceaux on the sidepieces. On second floor, rear room open to roof, exposing two crown post trusses. Range represents incomplete survival of apparently rare building type of which few other examples were known nationally at time of survey. A more complete example is represented by Nos 41, 43 and 45 Goodramgate, York (qv). (City of York: RCHME: The Central Area: HMSO: 1981-: 128; Hook R and Thornes R: Nos 28-32 Coppergate, York: 1988-).
Listing NGR: SE6044651722