Natural Feature record MYO2211 - Walmgate Stray Pond A


Pond A was located against the south-west corner of The Retreat boundary. It survives on the ground as a sub-rectangular depression, 18m by 13m, to a depth of around 1m.


Grid reference SE 6148 5056 (point)
Map sheet SE65SW
Unitary Authority City of York, North Yorkshire


Type and Period (1)

Full Description

It is shown on the Ordnance Survey First Edition 6-inch scale map, surveyed in 1846-1851 and appears to have held water until the late-1930s (Ordnance Survey 1853 and 1938).

NMR Information

Disused pond, still subject to seasonal flooding, and shown holding water on 19th-century maps. The pond appears to predate the boundary wall of The Retreat psychiatric hospital, built soon after 1839. Although not shown on late 18th- century maps, it could conceivably be of medieval date. It was probably used for watering livestock on Walmgate Stray.

Full description
(SE 6148 5056) Site of medieval or post-medieval pond.
In 2004, English Heritage carried out an investigation and field survey at Level 3 standard of Walmgate Stray, as part of a national project to examine the heritage of England's urban commons (Event Record 1376159) (1).

A report including a full textual description and analysis accompanied by maps, plans and photographs is available from the National Monuments Record, together with the rest of the project archive material (reference number SE 65 SW 500). (1)

1 Field Investigators Comments English Heritage: Urban Commons Project: Walmgate Stray survey

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

Sources/Archives (1)

  • --- Digital archive: NMR. 2019. NMR data.

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

Related Monuments/Buildings (1)

Related Events/Activities (1)

Record last edited

Mar 13 2020 4:07PM


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