Building record MYO1603 - 4-6 Duncombe Place


Three houses, now part of hotel: railings attached to front steps. Built in the mid-18th century, subdivided in the early 19th century; remodelled in 1976. Exterior: 3-storey 4-bay front.


Grid reference SE 6017 5214 (point)
Map sheet SE65SW
Unitary Authority City of York, North Yorkshire


Type and Period (5)

Full Description

Three houses, now part of hotel: railings attached to front steps. Mid C18, subdivided in early C19; remodelled in 1976. Early C19 railings. Buff-pink mottled brick in Flemish bond on brick plinth; timber doorcase and guttering: pantile roof, hipped at left end, with brick stacks.

EXTERIOR: 3-storey 4-bay front. Flight of steps with flat handrail reset on turned standards leads to doorcase of plain pilasters and open pediment: door of 6 raised and fielded panels and radial fanlight over impost band recessed in panelled reveal. On ground floor windows are 16-pane sashes; on first floor 16-pane sashes flank 3-light segmental bow window with 12-pane sashes: on second floor, four sashes, to left one unequal 9-pane sash and three 12-pane sashes. Moulded guttering on paired modillions. Ground and first floor sashes have flat arches of orange gauged brick cut by 4-course raised brick bands to first and second floors.

INTERIOR: not inspected.

SUBSIDIARY FEATURES: cast-iron railings to steps Included for group value as an integral part of Duncan Place. (

City of York: RCHME: The Central Area: HMSO: 1981-: 130). Listing NGR: SE6019052166

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

Houses, Nos. 4, 5, 6, are contained in two mid 18th-century buildings incorporating earlier timber framing which were divided into three separate houses in the early 19th century and have recently been converted to a single property. The larger mid 18th-century house, represented by Nos. 4 and 5, was of five bays, with an axial entrance leading to a transverse staircase, and with hung-sash windows, brick bands between the floors, and a tiled roof. No. 6, of one bay, had an off-set entrance leading to a transverse staircase; it has windows and brick bands matching the larger house. The windows at the rear had segmental arched heads.

In the early 19th century Nos. 4 and 5 became separate houses, each with its own staircase, with coupled doorways beneath rectangular fanlights with marginal lights. The first-floor front room of No. 5 was given a large bay with a tripartite sash window, and the fenestration at front and rear was much altered. Coupled brackets supported the moulded cornice of Nos. 4 and 5. Recent alterations have eliminated the entrance and passage of No. 6, moved the ground-floor front room window in line with those on the upper floors, and replaced the doorways of Nos. 4 and 5 with a single entrance. The mid 18th-century staircase of No. 6 has an open string below the first floor and a close string above, turned balusters with square knops, and a moulded ramped handrail with spiral terminals; it is approached from the entrance hall through an archway with flanking pilasters. Early 19th-century fittings include cornices, fireplaces, and doors of six fielded panels. Largely rebuilt in 1976–7.

Monument 155; City of York: RCHME: The Central Area: HMSO: 1981-: 130

NMR Information

613515 Architectural Survey Investigation by RCHME/EH Architectural Survey

BF060541 4-6 DUNCOMBE PLACE, 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

May 29 2020 4:38PM


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