Conservation Area: The Retreat (Conservation Area 8)

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Authority City of York Council
Date assigned Wednesday, January 1, 1975
Date last amended


The land area of the Retreat and Heslington Road Conservation Area was originally outside the City of York and part of Fulford. It occupies the highest ground south of the City including Lamel Hill and Garrow Hill and commands views northwards across the City of York and southwards over Walmgate Stray and low Moor to the village of Fulford. It is located within the City of York Green Belt. The Conservation Area was designated in 1975. The main elements of the character and appearance of the area are: (1) The Retreat, set in parkland surrounded by high walls but with views out; (2) A series of gardens and adjoining parkland, giving a very open landscape character; (3) Pleasant Victorian suburban housing on Belle Vue Terrace which forms an edge to the open space; (4) The Conservation Area extends west to York Cemetery, south to Walmgate Stray and east to the landscaped campus of the University. It consists mainly of open greenspace on the edge of the city located within the City of York Green Belt.

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Sources (3)

  • Unpublished document: Fulford Road and The Retreat Conservation Area.
  • Unpublished document: Historic England. 2018. Grounds associated with the The Retreat Advice Report.
  • Unpublished document: Historic England. 2018. The Retreat Advice Report.



Grid reference Centred SE 6153 5081 (581m by 527m)
Map sheet SE65SW
Unitary Authority City of York, North Yorkshire

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Record last edited

Oct 17 2018 1:17PM


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