Building record MYO915 - 6 St Sampson's Square


A mid 18th centrury house, now part of Browns department store. The building has later alterations and a 20th century shopfront.


Grid reference SE 6031 5191 (point)
Map sheet SE65SW
Unitary Authority City of York, North Yorkshire


Type and Period (3)

Full Description

House, now part of department store. Mid C18, with later alteration and C20 shopfront. Rendered brick, colour-washed, with timber shopfront and eaves cornice, and slate roof.

EXTERIOR: 3-storey 3-window front. Shopfront incorporates 6-panel passage door at left end. Windows are unequal 15-pane sashes on first floor, and unequal 9-pane sashes on second floor, all in moulded surrounds with narrow sills. Bold modillion eaves cornice with fluted bowl rainwater head at left end.

INTERIOR: not accessible. RCHM record an open string staircase with turned balusters, and top flight with re-used balusters c1700; first floor room with fluted architraves and angle roundels; on second floor, a moulded stone fireplace surround. This house was incorporated into the Golden Lyon Inn (No.5 St Sampson's Square, qv).

(City of York: RCHME: The Central Area: HMSO: 1981-: 207).
Listing NGR: SE6031851920

Derived from English Heritage LB download dated: 22/08/2005

(399) House, No. 6, of three storeys and attics, is of mid 18th-century date, but may incorporate parts of an earlier timber-framed building. It has an L-shaped plan but the original internal arrangement has been much altered. It was formerly part of the Golden Lion p.h., No. 5. Since at least the early 19th century, when it was refitted, the rear wing has had a large room on each floor, suggestive of a commercial use. The building is now occupied by a department store.

The front elevation is of rendered brick, three bays wide, with a modern shop front on the ground floor. The windows have modern casements, and there is a bold timber cornice with modillions. The rear wing is of 18th-century brick, but the windows are of the 19th century. Inside, the ground floor has been opened out into a single room, but some early 19th-century cornices survive. On the first floor the room in the rear wing has early 19th-century fluted architraves with corner roundels. The second floor retains some original fittings including a fireplace with moulded stone surround. The staircase has an open string and turned balusters with square knops; the continuation up to the attic has reused balusters of c. 1700. Certain cased beams on the second floor may be survivals from the framing of an earlier building, but the roof trusses, of principals and butt-purlins, are 18th-century.

City of York: RCHME: The Central Area: HMSO: 1981-: 207

NMR Information

List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. District of York, 14-MAR-1997

BF061093 6 ST SAMPSON'S SQUARE, YORK File of material relating to a site or building. This material has not yet been fully catalogued.

NMR, NMR data (Unpublished document). SYO2214.

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

Sources/Archives (2)

  • --- Unpublished document: NMR. NMR data.
  • --- Monograph: RCHME. 1981. City of York Volume V: The Central Area.

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Record last edited

Jun 29 2020 4:20PM


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