Building record MYO5296 - 99 Front St, Lime Tree House (formerly Grove House and Acomb House)


18th century building previously a private asylum. The most notable resident of the asylum was Edward Tennyson, brother of the poet, Alfred Tennyson.


Grid reference SE 5711 5117 (point)
Map sheet SE55SE
Unitary Authority City of York, North Yorkshire


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c. late C18 house of brick, rendered at the front. Pantile roof with central chimney stack and deep eaves. 1st floor timber sash windows, 3 over 6. Large garden to rear extends to The Green.

Previously a private asylum.
Attached photographs and survey are derived from the 2018 Acomb Buildings Survey.

This building appears on the 1850 Ordnance Survey map as Acomb House. The name was later transferred to 23 Front Street and the house was renumbered 99 (also known as Limetrees), to the right, and 101 (Newbury House). They had previously been known as Grove House and served as a private asylum. One of their inmates was Edward Tennyson, the brother of Alfred, Lord Tennyson, the poet laureate. Born in 1813 he was diagnosed at the age of 19 and was sent to York, ostensibly to study medicine. In fact he spent the rest of his life in a number of private asylums, latterly in the care of John Nelson of Acomb. He died in 1890, aged 77. He is buried in St Stephen's churchyard. (Allan Adams)

Could this be the site of the Roman mosaic pavement. Assumed to have been located at the current Acomb House.

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Record last edited

Feb 23 2024 10:40AM


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