Building record MYO5044 - 29-31 Coney Street


Built in the late 16th/early 17th century as a three-storey, timber-framed range along the street frontage. Of three, c.12ft, bays and c.20ft deep. In the late 18th/early 19th century the jettied upper floors were cut back and a new brick front added; at the same time a three storey block was added to the rear. 20th century shop front.


Grid reference SE 6022 5178 (point)
Map sheet SE65SW
Unitary Authority City of York, North Yorkshire


Type and Period (4)

Full Description

Houses, Nos. 29, 31, of three storeys and attics, were built in the late 16th or early 17th century as a three-bay timber-framed range parallel to the street. A large chimney against the rear wall may be contemporary or a little later; beside it, a staircase was added in the early 18th century and a brick extension behind may be of the same date. In the late 18th or early 19th century the original jettied upper floors of the front elevation were cut back and a new wall built in brick, which is now rendered and has several sash windows and modern shop fronts. Inside, the timber framing is mostly obscured but there are cased transverse and spine-beams on all floors; part of a beam exposed on the ground floor is chamfered, with run-out stops, and on the first floor of No. 29 beams have 17th-century plaster casings decorated with vine trails. There are few old fittings except, between the second floor and the attic, the remaining part of the early 18th-century stair; it has turned balusters on two flights and splat balusters on the third. Behind No. 31 is an early 19th-century three-storey block, built of brick and with sash windows, forming a separate tenement known as No. 29a.

Monument 144; An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in City of York, Volume 5, Central. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1981.

1980 YAT report:
Structural framing of early 17th century house survive for the most part. At the time of recording (1980) a Victorian range survived while on first and second floors original fireplaces remained. High quality original plasterwork was also noted which has been seen in properties in Low Petergate (56) and Stonegate (60). This indicates that prior to the Civil War a high class firm of plasterers were at work in the city ornamenting the houses of wealthy merchants and officials.

Later alterations include the rebuilding of the attic c.1800 and the provision of two staircases in the rear of the building c.1720 and a little later.

NMR Information:

Two NMR records for this building, second entry is a listing description but building is not on current Historic England listing

NRHE Record 1:

Demolished in 1981

613515 Architectural Survey Investigation by RCHME/EH Architectural Survey
BF041319 29-31 CONEY STREET, YORK File of material relating to a site or building. This material has not yet been fully catalogued.

NRHE Record 2:

Full description(s) ? (SE 60235179 - O.S 1/2500, 1963)

II* Nos.29 and 31 CONEY STREET

Late C18 or early C19 cement rendered brick refronting to early C17 timber frame; 3 storeys plus attic; 3 windows, one sash window and 2 altered casements; moulded wood eaves; 3 dormers. Modern shop fronts. Interior has some exposed timber framing and decorative plasterwork. On the 1st floor of no.29 are some well decorated plastered ceiling beams and some oak panelling. There is also a decorated overmantel on the 2nd. floor of no.31 and a plaster frieze in the same room. Other features elsewhere. (R.C.H.M. Vol. V, Monument 144)

List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. City of York, addition to prov. list, December 1980.

York Archaeological Trust, 1981, 31 Coney St (Unpublished document). SYO2870.

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

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

Sources/Archives (3)

  • --- Digital archive: NMR. 2019. NMR data.
  • --- Unpublished document: York Archaeological Trust. 1981. 31 Coney St.
  • --- Monograph: RCHME. 1981. City of York Volume V: The Central Area.

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Jun 27 2022 2:06PM


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