Monument record MYO5259 - Site of proposed council offices


Construction began on council offices at this location c.1940. The works included the construction of basement and foundations. The buildings were never completed.


Grid reference Centred SE 6053 5152 (72m by 95m)
Map sheet SE65SW
Unitary Authority City of York, North Yorkshire


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Full Description

York City Council planned to build a new municipal headquarters on the site of the former
Felons’ Prison. Work on the Civic Centre began in 1939 with the construction of a large stepped
basement which was up to 4.2m deep BGL, though the majority of the basement was between
0.75m to 1.8m deep. The area of the basement was extensively piled, with approximately 435
reinforced concrete piles in clusters of 2-24 piles. In addition, the foundations of the Felons’
Prison were reused in places. Work on the basement was halted by the outbreak of World War
II and the basement was used for civil defence. After the war the basement was infilled.

York Archaeological Trust, 2021, Eye of York DBA (Unpublished document). SYO2634.

Sources/Archives (1)

  • --- Unpublished document: York Archaeological Trust. 2021. Eye of York DBA.

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Record last edited

Nov 3 2021 2:53PM


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