Building record MYO1591 - The Purey Cust


New Residence of the Canons Residentiary of York Minster. Built in 1824-25. By RH Sharp for the Dean and Chapter. Gothick style. Subsquently used as a hospital and as of 2012 converted to private residential accomodation.


Grid reference SE 6022 5227 (point)
Map sheet SE65SW
Unitary Authority City of York, North Yorkshire


Type and Period (4)

Full Description

New Residence of the Canons Residentiary of York Minster; now part of Purey Cust Hospital. 1824-25. By RH Sharp for the Dean and Chapter. Magnesian limestone ashlar with stone coped slate roof and ashlar stacks. Gothick style.

EXTERIOR: 2 storeys and attics on moulded stone plinth and with 2-stage setback buttresses; 3 gabled bays. Flight of stone steps leads to glazed and flush panel door with 4-centred head in casement-moulded square-headed surround with carved spandrels, flanked by dwarf buttresses. Flanking windows are of 3 ogee-arched lights with mouchette tracery in the square head. All ground floor openings have tall return stopped hoodmoulds. On first floor, centre window is semicircular oriel with three 8-pane sashes, deep frieze and moulded cornice: outer windows correspond with those on ground floor: all have moulded sill string. Attic windows are square-headed with hoodmoulds, centre one of 3 altered lights, outer ones each 1 light with 4-centred head; moulded string. Right return: 2 storeys and attic; 5 bays, centre bay gabled: at left of ground floor, 1-storey flat roofed porch projects forward. Porch has former door altered to tall window of 2 mullioned and transomed pointed lights, and moulded parapet. To right of porch is half-glazed door with tall overlight. Windows are generally paired lancets, those on ground floor with transoms, with square heads and hoodmoulds, those on first floor with moulded sillstring. Over porch on first floor is 2-leaf glazed and panelled door. C20 2-light window in attic gable. Moulded string to attic.

INTERIOR: not inspected.

(City of York: RCHME: The Central Area: HMSO: 1981-: 129). Listing NGR: SE6022452273

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

Purey-Cust Chambers were built, as the New Residence, in 1824–5 to designs by R. H. Sharp to provide accommodation for the Canons Residentiary who had previously occupied Monument (277). In September 1823 the Chapter had recommended that at some future date a new Residence house and Deanery house be built on the N. side of the Minster, and in July 1824 it was resolved that the former be built at a cost not exceeding £3,600 (YML, H10(1), ff. 230–1; A Guide to the City of York (after July 1838), published by J. Glaisby). Unsigned designs for the New Residence almost exactly as built, probably from the office of Atkinson and Sharp, are preserved in the Minster Library, together with a series of alternative schemes by Watson and Pritchett (M/P Y/R 1128, 1–3, 5, 8, 9).

The building was described in 1838 (Glaisby, op. cit., 97) as being in 'a plain style of Tudor architecture' and has moulded labels to the windows, decorative buttresses and pointed gables and, to the main S.E. elevation, a door with four-centred arched head and a first-floor oriel window. Inside, the doorways have four-centred arched heads (Plate 163), as do the fireplace openings; the staircase has foliated terminations to the square newels and columns with shaped bases which serve as balusters

City of York: RCHME: The Central Area: HMSO: 1981-: 129. Monument 154

NMR Information:

No further description provided.

Architectural Survey
14-NOV-1995 - 14-NOV-1995

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 3:28PM


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