Building record MYO957 - 7 St. Helen's Square


House and shop built in the mid 18th century, altered in the early 19th century. The top storey of the building was demolished circa 1930 and there were further alterations later in the 20th century.


Grid reference SE 6018 5197 (point)
Map sheet SE65SW
Unitary Authority City of York, North Yorkshire


Type and Period (9)

Full Description

House and shop. Mid C18, with early C19 alteration; original top storey demolished c1930; further alteration and shopfront of C20. Pink-grey mottled brick in Flemish bond with slate roof and brick stack: timber shopfront.

EXTERIOR: 3-storeys; 1-bay front to St Helen's Square, 5-bay front to Stonegate. Shopfront of panelled pilasters, broad fascia incorporating blind boxes, and bold cornice returns on Stonegate front: entrance in centre of Stonegate front. Bevelled glass shop windows are margin-glazed over panelled risers, and have brass sills. First floor to St Helen's Square has tripartite first floor window with 4-:12-:4-pane sashes in segment-arched opening, and 16-pane sash beneath flat arch of gauged brick on second floor, both with painted stone sills. 4-course raised band to second floor: similar band to former third floor now forms parapet with stone coping: both returned on Stonegate front. Stonegate front has four 12-pane sash windows with flat arches, plus one blocked window on first floor. Above 2 similar sashes and a single blind window.

INTERIOR: not inspected.

(Murray H, Riddick S & Green R: York through the Eyes of the Artist: York City Art Gallery: 1990-: 88-89; City of York: RCHME: The Central Area: HMSO: 1981-: 204).
Listing NGR: SE6018851972

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

(393) House, No. 7, a tall, narrow building of one bay to St. Helen's Square with a longer return elevation to Stonegate, was erected on a confined site against St. Helen's church in the second half of the 18th century. It has been extensively modernised and the original staircase has been removed; the effects of bombing in the Second World War necessitated the removal of the fourth storey which had become unstable. The original appearance of the building was recorded by Buckler in 1814 (BM, MS. 36396, f. 144) and by Thomas Shotter Boys in 1837 (hanging in guilding); these views show that it originally had a parapet above a modillioned cornice, an unusual feature in York. Inside, the original plan, which was restricted by the projection of the westernmost angle of St. Helen's church, provided two rooms and a staircase compartment on each floor.

1981. An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in the City of York. Volume V, the Central Area. P 204. London: RCHME

NMR Information

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

BF061079 7 ST HELEN'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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Jun 22 2020 7:02PM


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