Building record MYO1376 - 31 and 31A High Petergate (including 52A Stonegate)


The block consists of a 16th century front range, with a 15th century range behind and an early 17th century block to the rear. The blocks were amalgamated in the mid 19th century and a shopfront was inserted. The building was extended to the rear in the 20th century.


Grid reference Centred SE 6027 5209 (22m by 25m)
Map sheet SE65SW
Unitary Authority City of York, North Yorkshire


Type and Period (7)

Full Description

Formerly known as: Nos.27 AND 28 HIGH PETERGATE. Includes: No.52A STONEGATE. Offices and flat. Front range C16, C15 range behind and early C17 rear block amalgamated mid C19; altered mid C19 shopfront and C20 extension at rear, accessed from Stonegate.

MATERIALS: all parts timber-framed: stucco front on painted stone plinth, with timber shopfront and moulded cornice; elsewhere is brick, red-brown in English garden-wall bond at rear, incised render in places. Plain tile roof at front, pantile and slate at rear; brick stack.

EXTERIOR: 2-storey 2-bay front, first floor jettied. Shopfront framed in sunk-panel pilasters beneath dentilled cornice on grooved consoles, 4 of which support urns. Central glazed and panelled door and plain fanlight between shallow 3-light elliptical bow windows over sunk panel risers: recessed doors at each end converted to plate glass windows. At left of first floor is 3-light canted bay window with 1-pane sashes framed in pilasters as to shopfront: to right, two windows are double glazed with 1-pane sashes at front, 2-light casements behind. Windows have moulded architraves and painted stone sills. Rear block: 2 storeys and attic; 1-bay. First floor has paired sash windows, one of 12 panes, one of 16 panes; second floor, one small-pane fixed light.

INTERIOR: of front and middle ranges. Ground floor: quarter turn staircase to first floor has close string, slender turned balusters, square newels with attached half-balusters and moulded ramped-up handrail: below stairs, 3-panel door on H-L hinges leads to cellar stairs. In rooms to right, small cast-iron corner fireplace and chamfered brick fireplace survive. First floor: front left room has C19 marble fireplace; front right room fitted with square dado panelling, retains half-glazed door to alcove cupboard; rear left room has moulded dado rail and 6-panel door on L-hinges. In middle range, two 3 fielded panel doors survive; mutilated crown post truss visible in end gable wall. Interior of rear block: first floor room has early C19 fireplace; second floor room lined with C17 run-through panelling.

(City of York: RCHME: The Central Area: HMSO: 1981-: 186). Listing NGR: SE6026352091

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

House, No. 31, incorporates three timber-framed buildings; the earliest is a 15th-century L-shaped range, set back about 15 ft. from Petergate. This area was filled in the 16th century by the addition of a two-storeyed range, jettied to the street. At the back of the messuage is a timber-framed block, two storeys with attic, of late 16th or early 17th-century date. This was approached by a passageway down the E. side of the messuage, and was incorporated with the rest of the house in the early 19th century by the construction of a small linking block. In 1712 Grace Thompson had her entry fine lowered in consideration of the great sum her husband, Leonard Thompson, had spent on the tenement. He acquired the lease in 1693 (YML Subchanters Book 1628-97, 301; 1698-1752, 101). Between 1724 and 1740 the property was called The Red Calf (Subchanters Book 1698-1752, 198, 361).

The 15th-century range has one surviving crown-post truss and an inserted 18th-century staircase. The rear block contains 17th-century run-through panelling.

1981. An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in the City of York. Volume V, the Central Area. P 186. London: RCHME. Monument 336

NMR Information

Former name The Red Calf

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

BF061017 31 HIGH 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 16 2020 4:16PM


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