Building record MYO1552 - 55 and 56 Fossgate


A row of three houses dating from 1796. Now one building, with late 19th century shopfronts.


Grid reference Centred SE 6051 5180 (11m by 18m)
Map sheet SE65SW
Unitary Authority City of York, North Yorkshire


Type and Period (4)

Full Description

Includes: No.30 PAVEMENT. Row of three houses, now one shop. c1796: shopfronts are late C19 to No..30 Pavement, c1955 to Nos 55 and 56 Fossgate.

MATERIALS: buff-grey brick in Flemish bond with dressings of orange rubbed brick; dentil and modillion cornice of timber; truncated brick stacks to hipped slate roof. C20 shopfront of teak, stainless steel and granite veneer.

EXTERIOR: 3-storey 6-bay front. Shopfront to Nos 55 and 56 Fossgate continuous with No.54 (qv) with plate glass windows and doors of bevelled glass with overlights. Shopfront to No.30 Pavement framed in fluted pilasters with moulded imposts on panelled pedestals, beneath coved frieze and moulded cornice with dentilled capping interrupted by carved grooved brackets surmounted by segmental gablets. Panelled double doors of bevelled glass, curved to corner, flanked by plate glass windows over granite veneer risers. First floor windows are tall 12-pane sashes, on second floor unequal 9-pane sashes: outer windows tripartite on both floors. Dated rainwater head initialled TW at left end of eaves cornice. Pavement front: 3 storeys, 1 window. First floor window is 16-pane sash, second floor unequal 12-pane sash. All windows have painted stone sills and flat arches.

INTERIOR: of shop: early C20 shop fittings. No.30 Pavement was first listed 01/07/68.

(City of York: RCHME: The Central Area: HMSO: 1981-: 134).
Listing NGR: SE6051751806

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

Houses, Nos. 55, 56, and No. 30 Pavement, form a three-storey brick building, standing on a very shallow site, which may originally have formed three shops with living accommodation over but has been converted to a single shop with storage space. A rainwater head bears the initials T W possibly for Thomas Williams, documented in Pavement in 1798 (Directory), and 1796, probably the date of construction. The front to Fossgate, of six bays, has single hung-sash windows to four bays between triple windows in the end bays.

Monument 178; City of York: RCHME: The Central Area: HMSO: 1981-: 13

NMR Information

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

BF060573 55-56 FOSSGATE, YORK File of material relating to a site or building. This material has not yet been fully catalogued.

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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Record last edited

Jun 17 2020 1:33PM


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