Building record MYO1459 - The Old White Swan, 76-80 Goodramgate


A 16th century public house, now forming the main part of a building complex around three sides of a courtyard fronting Goodramgate.The public house has incorporated a mid 18th century house, numbers 76-8 Goodramgate, and a late 17th century house, number 80 Goodramgate.


Grid reference Centred SE 6043 5200 (31m by 31m)
Map sheet SE65SW
Unitary Authority City of York, North Yorkshire


Type and Period (4)

Full Description

Formerly known as: Nos.76, 78 AND 80 and premises occupied by Meyers and Walter. GOODRAMGATE. Public house. Early C17 with mid and late C18 front extensions; further extensions, alterations and renovation in C20.

MATERIALS: C17 range timber-framed, encased in render, with tiled roof and brick stack. Mid C18 extension of red-brown brick, in Flemish bond to Goodramgate, stretcher bond to courtyard; ground floor rebuilt and extended in buff-orange brick; hipped tiled roof with brick stacks. Late C18 extension rendered, with stone-coped tiled roof and rendered gable stack. Buildings enclose 3 sides of courtyard.

EXTERIOR: Goodramgate: No.76 has 3-storey 5-window front with glazed shopfront between half-glazed upstairs door to left and board passage door on strap hinges to right: first floor windows are 12-pane sashes, second floor unequal 9-pane sashes, all with brick cambered arches. No.78 has 2-storey 1-window front with 1-storey 1-bay extension to left. Ground floor openings are C20 12-pane sashes with stone sills. First floor has one 12-pane sash window which breaks 3-course raised band to former second floor.

No.80 has 3-storey 2-window gable wall to street: windows on ground and first floors are 12-pane sashes with painted stone sills; second floor openings are blocked and attic has small 4-pane casement. Raised bands to first and second floors and at eaves level returned from courtyard front. Courtyard front: 2-storey 3-window rear range; 3-storey 4-window range at right angles to left; range of 2 storeys and attic, 3 windows, at right angles to right: angle between ranges to rear and to left occupied by 1-storey canted extension. All ground floor openings are C20 including 12-pane sash windows to 1-storey extension, one of which has heavy moulded cornice hood on massive carved consoles. First floor windows to No.80 are 4-pane sashes with cambered heads and painted stone sills, one blocked: second floor, squat 6-pane sashes. Other windows are various sashes, and attic windows to No.78 flat-topped dormers with 2-light casements.

INTERIOR: ground floor only inspected. C17 range has substantial exposed remains of timber-frame, beams and joists, and two first floor studded partition walls visible from ground floor. Three large brick fireplaces survive with original brick stacks, two with massive chamfered timber lintels. No.80 lined with C20 full-height panelling, cornice and fireplace. RCHM record close string staircase with turned balusters and square newels in No.78; and staircase with Chinese fret balustrade from first to second floor in No.80.

(City of York: RCHME: The Central Area: HMSO: 1981-: 145). Listing NGR: SE6044752010

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

Houses, Nos. 76, 78, and Old White Swan, p.h., No. 80, form a complex of buildings, partly timber-framed but mostly of brick, grouped on three sides of a yard open to the street on the S.E. A two-storey 16th-century timber-framed range A, parallel to the street and set back about 45 ft. from the frontage, encloses the yard on the N.W. side. Behind it, further to the N.W., is an addition B, built in brick in the later 17th century though possibly incorporating some earlier framing. In the 18th century two blocks, C and D, were built in front of the timber-framed range A, extending to the street frontage and enclosing the yard on the N.E. and S.W. sides respectively. Block C, forming Nos. 76, 78, of two storeys and attics, is of mid 18th-century date though it incorporates some remains of a 15th-century timber-framed building. It was refronted in 1771 when the street was widened, and block D, of three storeys, was probably built in the same year; the owner at that time was Robert Lonsdale. Small additions were subsequently made within the yard, and part of the 17th-century building B was demolished in 1956.

The 16th-century timber-framed range A is rendered externally and has hung-sash windows. There were two major phases of building. The N.E. part is four bays in length and between the first and second bays from the N.E. end are two adjacent open trusses, suggestive of the replacement in stages of an earlier building. The trusses have arch-braced tie-beams and principal rafters supporting side-purlins. The S.W. part of the range is slightly wider and taller; it has been very much altered and the pattern of framing is not clear.

The demolished part of the late 17th-century block B was built of brick in irregular English garden wall bond with moulded plat-bands at first and second floors and a dentilled brick cornice. In the upper storeys the windows were of two lights with wooden frames and high transoms. The roof construction was of common rafters only. The surviving part has been much altered and the plat-bands and cornice have been trimmed off.

Block C is of exposed brick and has a hipped roof. The part which forms No. 76 has been much modernised in recent years. Inside, at the rear are the surviving first-floor joists of an earlier timber-framed building which must have been partly demolished when block A was built. There is a mid 18th-century staircase with close strings, square newels and turned balusters with round knops. Block D is rendered externally, and has plat-bands between the storeys and a gable facing the street. On each floor there are four windows facing the yard and two in the gable-end, but many have been blocked. Inside, between the first and second floors is a staircase with a Chinese fret balustrade.

Monument 223; City of York: RCHME: The Central Area: HMSO: 1981-: 145

NMR Information

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

BF060640 76-78 GOODRAMGATE, 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.

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

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Jun 14 2020 11:53AM


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