Building record MYO1428 - 5 High Ousegate


A house, built in 1743, now a shop and offices. The building was remodelled and extended in the mid 19th century and a shopfront was inserted in the 20th century.


Grid reference SE 6034 5170 (point)
Map sheet SE65SW
Unitary Authority City of York, North Yorkshire


Type and Period (5)

Full Description

House, now shop and offices. 1743, remodelled and extended mid C19; C20 shopfront. Red brick in Flemish bond, with timber cornice, pantile roof and brick stack.

EXTERIOR: 4-storey, 5-window front. Shopfront incorporates passage entrance in plain pilaster and moulded cornice doorcase at left end. Windows on first and second floors are 12-pane sashes with sills and flat arches of contrasting gauged brick: third floor windows are 3-light Yorkshire sliding sashes. Raised brick string courses to second and third floors. Moulded frieze beneath massive cornice on block brackets, returned at each end; dated rainwater head, initialled FI, to right of centre bay.

INTERIOR: first floor: C19 staircase rises from first to third floor having open string, shaped treadends, turned balusters and serpentine handrail, wreathed at foot on turned newel. Front right room has fireplace in surround enriched with ribbon and flower mouldings, frieze with floral centre panel between foliate arabesques and enriched cornice shelf: overmantel panel has eared surround and scrollneck pediment enclosing blank cartouche. Upper part of walls fitted with moulded sunk panelling over moulded dado rail and with enriched modillion cornice.

(City of York: RCHME: The Central Area: HMSO: 1981-: 147). Listing NGR: SE6033651717

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

(232) House, No. 5, now shop and offices, of four storeys, was built on a T-shaped plan in 1743; this date appears on the lead rainwater head with the initials FI. On the red brick front elevation, above a modern shop front, string-courses divide the storeys, each of which has five windows with gauged brick arches. The uppermost windows have Yorkshire sashes. There is a bold timber block cornice at the eaves. The back wing is partly two-storeyed and has a gable rebuilt in modern brick. At the front of the house there are two rooms of unequal size on each floor. The larger first-floor room, lined with fielded panelling above a dado rail and under an elaborate enriched cornice, has a fireplace with enriched surround and panelled overmantel, eared and scrolled at the top, with a cartouche and foliage ornament. The original staircase was behind the larger front room; in the 19th century a new staircase was made in the centre of the house, around an open well, involving extensive remodelling.

City of York: RCHME: The Central Area: HMSO: 1981-: 147

NMR Information

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

BF060956 5 HIGH OUSEGATE, 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

Jul 4 2020 7:21PM


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