Building record MYO1436 - 7 Grape Lane and 53 Low Petergate


Printing works. No.7 Grape Lane c1600, raised and incorporated into No.53 Low Petergate in early C19; refronted in C20. No.53 Low Petergate early C19, partly rebuilt and extended later in C19.


Grid reference Centred SE 6032 5204 (18m by 18m)
Map sheet SE65SW
Unitary Authority City of York, North Yorkshire


Type and Period (4)

Full Description

Includes: No.53 LOW PETERGATE. Printing works. No.7 Grape Lane c1600, raised and incorporated into No.53 Low Petergate in early C19; refronted in C20. No.53 Low Petergate early C19, partly rebuilt and extended later in C19. No.7 Grape Lane is timber-framed, fronted in orange-cream brick in Flemish bond; roof not visible. No.53 Low Petergate of orange-grey brick in Flemish and English garden-wall bonds, part rendered; roofs of slate and pantile.

EXTERIOR: No.7 Grape Lane: 3-storey 1-window front. C20 4-panel doors flank bowed small-pane shop window over brick riser. Left door leads to rear access passage. Oriel window on first floor and tripartite window on second floor both have 12-pane centre sashes. Second floor window has flat arch of orange soldier bricks. Prominent moulded timber cornice. Left return: first floor jetty over side passage now largely boxed in.

No.53 Low Petergate in former Morley's Yard: 2-storey 4-window range abuts No.55 Low Petergate (qv): attached taller 2-storey block at rear of yard. 2-storey range has doorcase of attached reeded elliptical columns, frieze with shaped fascia panel and rebated end blocks, and moulded cornice: door is of 6 raised and fielded panels. To left is round-arched radial-glazed and panelled door. To right, ground floor windows are one small 4-pane sash, 16-pane sash with cambered brick arch and 15-pane fixed light. First floor windows are all 12-pane sashes, those to right with 1-course cambered brick arches. Taller block has glazed and panelled door with 12-pane overlight in canted corner, and 12-pane sash window above. Yard front windows are tripled 12/12-pane pivoting lights on ground floor, and similar windows with 8/12-pane lights on first floor.

INTERIOR: No.7 Grape Lane has early C18 staircase with turned balusters and moulded handrail; timber-framed cross wall exposed in first floor front room. There has been a printing works on the site of No.53 Low Petergate since mid C18. No.7 Grape Lane is a new addition to the list.

(City of York: RCHME: The Central Area: HMSO: 1981-: 146; 194).
Listing NGR: SE6032952042

Derived from English Heritage LB download dated: 22/08/2005

(225) Workshop, No. 7, was built in the late 16th or early 17th century as a two-storey timber-framed building, two bays deep. It was later heightened to three storeys, has a modern brick elevation to the street and now forms part of the printing works, No. 53 Low Petergate (355). The side wall facing S.W. has the first floor jettied out over a narrow lane, which is now partly built over. The framing has straight, downward bracing. Inside, there is an 18th-century staircase.

(355) Printing Works, No. 53, situated behind No. 55, consists of an irregularly-shaped two-storey building of the second quarter of the 19th century, with brick walls, slated roof and large windows with small panes. A more domestic-looking range of about the same date, adjoining on the N.E. and built against the rear wing of No. 55, has sash windows and a door-case with reeded shafts. The interior is much altered. Earlier buildings on the site had been used as a printing works since before 1768 (YCA, Acc. 1) and an adjacent house, No. 7 Grape Lane (225), was acquired in 1819 by William Storry as an extension to the works (YCA, E97, 88v).

An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in City of York, Volume 5, Central. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1981.

RCHME, 1981, City of York Volume V: The Central Area (Monograph). SYO65.

NMR, 2019, NMR data (Digital archive). SYO2214.

Sources/Archives (2)

  • --- Digital archive: NMR. 2019. NMR data.
  • --- Monograph: RCHME. 1981. City of York Volume V: The Central Area.

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Jun 22 2020 1:28PM


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