Building record MYO1275 - 55 Low Petergate


House, now shop. Early C17, refronted mid C18; altered C19 shopfront; renovated c1990.


Grid reference SE 6033 5207 (point)
Map sheet SE65SW
Unitary Authority City of York, North Yorkshire


Type and Period (4)

Full Description

Formerly known as: No.38 LOW PETERGATE. House, now shop. Early C17, refronted mid C18; altered C19 shopfront; renovated c1990. Timber-framed, refaced in orange-grey brick in Flemish bond, rendered at rear; dentilled modillioned moulded timber cornice; pantile roof with rendered brick stack.

EXTERIOR: 4-storey 3-bay front. Shopfront framed in sunk-panel pilasters with paterae at their heads, panelled fascia and cornice: plate glass window over sunk-panel riser flanked by 6-panel doors, raised and fielded at left end, moulded at right end. First and second floor windows are 12-pane sashes with painted stone sill bands. Third floor windows are squat 6-pane sashes with painted stone sills, outer ones blind, flanking original attic window in gable end. All windows have flat arches of orange gauged brick. Rear: gabled wing at rear of front block has external stack supporting bank of 4 diagonally set chimney flues. Windows are C20 replacements except for one 2x6-pane Yorkshire sash in attic. Front block has cogged brick eaves course.

INTERIOR: ground floor: massive panelled beams exposed in front room. Fine staircase with close string, heavy bulbous balusters and moulded handrail, and panelled newels with shaped finials rises through full height of house. First floor: partition wall with studs of flimsy scantling to front room. Front room has dentilled modillion cornice. Original C19 lettered shop window preserved on display on first floor landing. (City of York: RCHME: The Central Area: HMSO: 1981-: 194).
Listing NGR: SE6033352066

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

House, No. 55, of three storeys and attic, is basically a timber-framed range, originally gabled to the street. In the mid 18th century the front wall was rebuilt in brick as a four-storeyed elevation, three bays wide; the top storey is a screen wall in front of the roof and only the central window, lighting the attic, is genuine. Above a late 19th-century shop front, the windows are sashed and have rubbed brick arches and dressings; on the first and second fkloors the sills are linked by stone bands. The gabled rear elevation is mostly rendered but some restored framing is visible at one corner; against the wall is a large chimney of the 16th or 17th century, terminating with four diagonally placed shafts. Inside, the ground floor has cased beams but is much altered. Permission to inspect the other floors was not granted; they are said to contain a good staircase.

Monument 356. 1981. An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in the City of York. Volume V, the Central Area. P 194. London: RCHME

NMR Information

Full description

(SE 60335207-O.S 1/2500, 1962)

1. LOW PETERGATE 5343 (south-west side)

No 55 (formerly listed as No 38)

SE 6052 SW 27/448 14.6.54


2. Mid C18 brick to earlier timber frame; 3 storeys plus attic; 3 sash windows with flat brick arches; sill bands to lower storeys; dentil and modillion eaves cornice. Good unaltered Victorian shop front with recessed doorway on left-hand side with panelled reveals, plain semi-circular fanlight and 6-panelled door and similar doorway to right-hand side with rectangular fanlight; panelled pilasters with patarae on caps. Much gold painted lettering. Star grading for shop front. (RCHM Vol. V, Monument 356.)

1 List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. p180 City of York, June 1983.
2 List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. District of York, 14-MAR-1997

BF061028 55 LOW PETERGATE, YORK File of material relating to a site or building. This material has not yet been fully catalogued.


NMR, NMR data (Unassigned). SYO2214.

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

Sources/Archives (2)

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

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May 22 2020 7:18PM


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