Building record MYO1495 - The Royal Oak Public House, 18 Goodramgate


A timber framed inn dating from the 15th century, with alterations in the 18th and 19th centuries. The building was restored in 1934.


Grid reference SE 6051 5219 (point)
Map sheet SE65SW
Unitary Authority City of York, North Yorkshire


Type and Period (5)

Full Description

House, now public house. Probably C15 with extensions of early C18 and C19; raised later in C19 and restored early 1934.

MATERIALS: timber-frame, ground floor at front of herringbone brick on stone plinth, upper storeys rendered and whitewashed; C18 extension orange-brown brick in English garden-wall bond; rear of C19 extension rendered: timber cornice to pantile roof with brick stacks. Possibly hall and crosswing plan with rear extensions.

EXTERIOR: 3-storey 2-window hall, to left of 3-storey 1-window crosswing with jettied first floor. Cellar opening in hall part. C20 Tudor-arched panelled door beneath leaded overlight in crosswing, to left of 4-light window with moulded mullions: two similar windows to hall. Broad fascia and moulded cornice above ground floor openings, projecting on heavy brackets on crosswing. Casement cross-windows on first and second floors. Moulded eaves cornice on console brackets. Windows have square lattice leaded lights. Rear: 3-storey gabled wing to left of 2-storey extension. Windows are largely 4-pane sashes. C19 extension has timber guttering on block brackets.

INTERIOR: close string staircase with turned balusters (boxed in on lower flight) and ramped-up moulded handrail rises to first floor. On first floor, elements of timber-frame are visible in front rooms, including moulded bressumer for jettied second floor of adjacent Golden Slipper Public House (qv). Rear room to left has moulded cornice and painted cast-iron fireplace.

(City of York: RCHME: The Central Area: HMSO: 1981-: 142). Listing NGR: SE6051852193

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

Royal Oak, p.h., No. 18, of three storeys and originally timber-framed, has been extended and refaced in brick, mostly rendered externally, and has a pantiled roof. It contains in the N.E. part of a three-storey range, two bays deep, originally gabled to the street, and built probably in the 15th century. The framing of one wall is visible internally, with downward bracing on the first floor, upward bracing on the second floor, and an intermediate post with enlarged shoulder to support a floor-beam. Apart from slight indications of posts and wall-plate, the framing of the other walls has been covered over or removed, and the roof has been rebuilt at a higher level. Behind this range is an 18th-century addition in brick, with a contemporary closet wing. The S.W. half of the building was a two-storey framed range of two bays along the street frontage. It was probably contemporary with the N.E. range but has been much altered and the only surviving part visible is the remains of a partition wall with crossed-braces on the first floor; two of the braces have been removed and the roof truss above was destroyed when a second floor was added in the 19th century. Also on the first floor is a reset moulded beam of late mediaeval date carrying the second floor of the adjacent Golden Slipper p.h., which overlaps by several feet. The front elevation and the interior on the ground floor are modernised but elsewhere there are several fittings of the second quarter of the 18th century, including the top-lit staircase. An addition was built at the rear in the early 19th century.

Monument 210; City of York: RCHME: The Central Area: HMSO: 1981-: 142

NMR Information

List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. District of York, 14-MAR-1987

BF060616 THE ROYAL OAK PUBLIC HOUSE, 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 11 2020 4:27PM


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