Building record MYO1438 - 19 Grape Lane


Number 19 Grape Lane, formerly listed as 19 Grape Lane and the entrance to the Coffee Yard, also formerly listed as 9 Grape Lane and entrance to Coffee Yard. An early 15th century timber framed house, with a late 17th century wing to the rear. The building was converted to a public house in the 19th century. At the time of the survey in 1988 it was in use as a warehouse but was rebuilt as a restaurant following a fire in 1989.


Grid reference SE 6031 5200 (point)
Map sheet SE65SW
Unitary Authority City of York, North Yorkshire


Type and Period (5)

Full Description

Formerly known as: No.9 and the entrance to Coffee Yard GRAPE LANE. House, now restaurant. Early C15, raised and refronted in mid C19; late C17 wing at rear; refitted 1989 following fire. Timber-framed, with wall-tile infilling originally, now fronted in plastered brick, rear of orange-grey brick in English garden-wall bond; wing of orange-brown brick in stretcher bond; pantile roofs.

EXTERIOR: 3-storey 2-window front. Ground floor incorporates through-passageway beneath timber lintel at left. Entrance is C20 panelled door between tapered-headed posts to left of 4-light window with shutters of raised and fielded panelling. First floor windows are 4-pane fixed lights, single over passageway, paired to right. Second floor window is 2x4-pane Yorkshire sash. Wing has C20 door and window on to passageway, both with elliptical brick arches; first floor 3x6-pane casement window to gable wall has similar brick arch. Right side wall of passageway is timber-framed and joists laid flat are visible in the ceiling.

INTERIOR: timber-framed cross wall visible on ground and first floors.

(City of York: RCHME: The Central Area: HMSO: 1981-: 146-7).
Listing NGR: SE6031052010

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

(229) No. 19, originally a low two-storeyed timber-framed building of unknown purpose roofed parallel to Grape Lane, dates from the 15th century. An original passageway led to what is now Coffee Yard, at the S.W. end, and the upper floor was jettied towards Grape Lane. A timber-framed wing, added at the back at a later date, has been demolished but the stub ends of the wall-plates remain. The surviving structure is only two bays wide and one room deep. In the 17th or 18th century the front wall was rebuilt in brick between the main timber members, and the building was heightened in the 19th century to give three storeys. It was then known as The Bloomsbury p.h. (1852 OS map).

On the front elevation, the ground floor retains three posts and the jetty-plate with mortices for shaped head-pieces to the opening of the passage; the entrance to the building is adjacent to the passageway. The S.W. wall of the passage is now of 19th-century brickwork, but that on the N.E. is of studs with plastered brick infilling. In the N.E. bay of the building, the bressummer of the jetty has pegged mortices for braces up to posts and for a central stud. The first-floor wall-plate, also only partly visible, has a peg for a central stud in the N.E. bay.

Inside, the building has been much altered and the only timber-framed wall to survive in any completeness is at the N.E. end. The studs on the ground floor are not all pegged in, but those on the first floor are in the original arrangement, the wide middle stud, together with the truss above, suggesting an early date. The truss (Fig. 6j) has a steeply cambered tie-beam, braces from the tie-beam to the crown-post intersected by struts from tie-beam to rafter and a central collarpurlin, originally braced from the crown-post but now sawn off. The heads of the struts are enlarged, but there are no side-purlins.

City of York: RCHME: The Central Area: HMSO: 1981-: 146-7

NMR Information

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

BF060650 19 GRAPE LANE, 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

Jun 22 2020 3:54PM


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