Building record MYO1455 - 56 and 58 Goodramgate


A pair of houses built between 1784 and 1794. The houses were altered in the first of the 19th century and converted to shops in the second half of the 19th century.


Grid reference SE 6045 5206 (point)
Map sheet SE65SW
Unitary Authority City of York, North Yorkshire


Type and Period (6)

Full Description

Pair of houses and attached tenements; now shops, offices and workshop. Late C18, raised, remodelled and extended in early C19; later C19 alterations and C20 shopfronts.

MATERIALS: front of painted brick in Flemish bond: rear and left return of orange-brown brick in random bond, rear raised in English garden-wall bond; cornice and shopfronts of timber; brick stacks to pantile roof, hipped at left side, gabled at rear with stone coping and shaped kneelers.

EXTERIOR: 3-storey 2-window front. Shopfronts flank passage with plain door leading to rear tenements. First floor windows are 3-light canted bays with 1-pane sashes and dentilled cornices. On second floor, No.56 has one 4-pane sash, No.58 altered paired 1-pane sashes. Moulded console cornice extends full width of front. Rear: 4-storey 3-bay front: left part extended beneath heavy timber lintel supporting gabled loft. Loft has paired shuttered openings in gable end and trapdoor beneath. Right part has 4-pane sash with segmental brick arch on each floor. Left return: 3 storeys, 4 bays; various windows in altered openings.

INTERIOR: not inspected but lifting machinery is noted to survive in loft.

(RCHM: City of York: The Central Area: HMSO: 1981-: 143). Listing NGR: SE6045752065

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

Houses, No. 56, 58, of three storeys in brick, were built by John Lund, the former between 1784 and 1794, for his own occupation (YCA, E95, ff. 13v–14, 152). A passageway to the rear, running between them and called Kidd's Yard, has a number of doorways opening off it, suggesting that there were originally separate tenements or shops within the property. The building was altered at the rear for some industrial purpose during the first half of the 19th century and a large loft formed, in which simple lifting machinery remains, beneath a wide gable. In 1830 part of the building was occupied by a whitesmith (Directory).

Monument 221; RCHM: City of York: The Central Area: HMSO: 1981-: 143

NMR Information

List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. District of York, 14-MAR-1997

BF060635 56-58 GOODRAMGATE, YORK File of material relating to a site or building. This material has not yet been fully catalogued.

Elements of summary from Eden Heritage survey: No’s 56 and 58 are of the same late 18th century construction date, with later additions and alterations, built on the site of medieval plots. The building consisted of two properties which were separated at ground level by a passageway that provided access to a rear yard but also to tenements, or shops, at ground level.
An assessment of documentary sources such as historic maps, trade directories and census returns has indicated that historically Goodramgate was not numbered the same as it is now.
The historic building survey has identified some evidence for the different phases of construction of the property. It is clear that internally the historic floor plans have been altered with the current staircase to the first and second floors being a modern creation. Some evidence for earlier layouts, through for example the presence of blocked doorways, and former features such as the locations of fireplaces, have been identified.
The building at one time was clearly utilised for some industrial or warehouse function, as indicated by the large western gable with supported loft and survival of internal lifting machinery. What survives of the lifting machinery is relatively simple and unsubstantial, which may suggest that whatever was being lifted into the loft was small and light, but it is recognised that some of the lifting mechanism, and related features, may have been removed.

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

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

2021, 56 Goodramgate (Unpublished document). SYO2843.

Sources/Archives (3)

  • --- Digital archive: NMR. 2019. NMR data.
  • --- Unpublished document: 2021. 56 Goodramgate.
  • --- Monograph: RCHME. 1981. City of York Volume V: The Central Area.

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Apr 8 2022 1:50PM


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