Building record MYO1399 - 22-36 High Petergate and 1 Precentor's Court


Early to mid 19th century range of houses including a public house and a shop. The buildings are of three-storeys plus cellars and are built of brick.


Grid reference Centred SE 6020 5218 (34m by 19m)
Map sheet SE65SW
Unitary Authority City of York, North Yorkshire


Type and Period (9)

Full Description

Includes: No.1 PRECENTOR'S COURT. Terrace of 7 houses, originally including a coffee house; now including public house and cafe. 1838, incorporating early C18 house at each end (No.24 High Petergate and No.1 Precentor's Court); coffee house converted to public house c1855; other later alterations, and C20 shopfront to Nos 30 and 32. By JP Pritchett.

MATERIALS: orange-grey brick in Flemish bond on painted stone plinth; Precentor's Court front of orange-brown brick in English garden-wall and random bonds. No.24 has pantile roof, No.1 Precentor's Court plain tile roof, slate to remainder; brick stacks.

EXTERIOR: 3 storeys and cellars; 9-bay front: No.24 is lower. At left end, No.24 has passage door of 6 sunk panels and front door of 6 fielded panels. No.26 has altered inn front of plain pilasters with imposts, broad fascia and moulded cornice on grooved console terminal brackets: to right is door of 6 flush panels, and small-pane window over riser of 4 raised moulded panels to left. Front to Nos 30 and 32 has sunk-panel pilasters with moulded imposts, plate glass windows with timber sills and glazed door beneath shallow cornice.

Front doors to Nos 28, 34 and 36 are of 6 flush panels, all with divided overlights. First and second floor windows are 16-pane sashes except on second floor of No.24 which has two 2x6-pane Yorkshire sashes. All have painted stone sills and slightly cambered brick arches. No.24 has moulded and modillioned cornice: the others a plain moulded cornice. No.1 Precentor's Court: 3 storeys and cellars; 2-bay front. Steps lead to 6 fielded panel door in moulded timber surround beneath dentilled cornice hood and with 1-pane fixed light over. To left is blocked cellar opening with 1-course segmental brick arch: to right, flat cellar opening with grille. Ground floor window is 20-pane sash: first floor has two small inserted windows to left of 12-pane sash; second floor one 16-pane sash. First and second floor sashes have flat arches of orange gauged brick. Dentilled eaves cornice.

INTERIOR: of Nos 30 and 32: staircase has close string, slim column-on-vase balusters, turned newels and ramped-up handrail. The York Arms public house was originally the Chapter House Coffee House.

(City of York: RCHME: The Central Area: HMSO: 1981-: 181-2). Listing NGR: SE6021552194

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

(324) Houses, Nos. 24-36 (even), and No. 1 Precentor's Court, forming a group of seven on a fan- shaped plan, were designed by J.P. Pritchett in 1838 (plans in YML) and incorporated an early 18th-century house at each end; the design included a public house, now the York Arms, No. 26, and a shop. Pritchett's work involved the demolition of the old Peter Prison and the mediaeval Minster Gate. The houses are of three storeys and cellars; No. 24 is lower than the later houses. Nos. 26-36 and the side of No. 1 Precentor's Court facing the Minster are all faced in uniform 19th-century brickwork. The front to Precentor's Court retains the original thinner bricks of the 18th-century elevation and has flush-framed windows under guaged brick heads, and a moulded door surround, but a later modillioned eaves cornice. There are late 18th-century staircases in the two earlier houses and also, resues, in part of No. 26 and in No. 32 High Petergate.

An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in the City of York. Volume V, the Central Area. p181. London: RCHME. Monument 324.

NMR Information

BF061015 24-36 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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Record last edited

May 10 2020 3:09PM


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