Building record MYO4845 - Nunthorpe Hall


This was one of York's most lavish Victorian houses, built 1870-88, with a sumptuous interior looking out over the Knavesmire. It became one of the great centres of York's social life when Sir Edward Green moved there in 1888. Demolished 1977.


Grid reference SE 5961 5062 (point)
Map sheet SE55SE
Unitary Authority City of York, North Yorkshire


Type and Period (2)

Full Description

During World War One the Hall was lent to the Red Cross by Sir Edward Lycett-Green, for use as a hospital. The house was described as being put into perfect order by Mr. and Mrs. Lycett-Green, who bore all expenses not covered by the government grant. The hospital opened on 1 October 1915, with a convoy of men direct from the Battlefield of Loos. Initially there were 50 beds, organised into eight wards. The hospital’s capacity was later increased to 76 beds. When it closed on 14 April 1919, staff had treated 915 patients in total.

On the night of 2/3 May 1916 the hospital was bombed during a Zeppelin raid, two bombs setting fire to the house and four falling in the garden. There was considerable damage and the hospital had to be evacuated. Mrs. Lycett-Green was the Commandant, and Miss Cudworth was the Quartermaster, succeeded by Mrs. Trail and later Mrs. Milner. Trained staff included one matron and three sisters, one sister could apply massage. Matron and two sisters lived in. There were 24 VADs (Voluntary Aid Detachment nurses), including two cooks and two charwomen. The Medical Officers were Dr. Louise Fraser and Dr. Armytage. As a result of their work, honours were conferred on the following

Mrs Lycett-Green, OBE, Lady of Grace of the Order of St John of Jerusalem
Miss Duggleby, Royal Red Cross medal (II) and mentioned in Orders. This was for exceptional devotion or competency in performance of nursing duties, an award exclusively for women.
Miss E Coates, Royal Red Cross medal (II) and mentioned in Orders
Miss Brown (cook) mentioned twice in Orders
Miss Cudworth, mentioned, and Hon Serving Sister of the Order of St John of Jerusalem

An inspection report of 22 January described the hospital as a good home, in excellent order with good food, with good staff accommodation.

Information derived from Clements Hall Local History Group

NMR Information


Person of historic interest/notable person: Sir EDWARD GREEN 1888

NMR, NMR data (Unpublished document). SYO2214.

Sources/Archives (1)

  • --- Unpublished document: NMR. NMR data.

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

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Record last edited

Mar 10 2020 10:46AM


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