Building record MYO2178 - Albion Iron Foundries, Leeman Road


Buildings of the Phoenix and Albion Iron Foundries now used as workshops and storage sheds for Network Rail and the Post Office. Buildings date from 1872/3 when the two foundries moved from separate sites in the city centre to adjacent sites close to the North Eastern Railway Company operations. In 1880 the two combined to form the York Engineering Co. The surviving complex consists of six brick buildings which include the office block of the original Albion Works, the foundry, smith’s shop, machine shop and part of an original Phoenix building. The foundries produced a variety of cast and wrought iron components for the construction of the expanding railway infrastructure such as columns, girders, roof trusses for stations and workshops, bridges, lamp standards and so on. The buildings survive as some of the few reminders of a crucial aspect of York’s industrial history. Buildings identified as being of local archaeological and historic interest through the work of the York Open Planning Forum.


Grid reference Centred SE 5888 5199 (190m by 213m)
Map sheet SE55SE
Unitary Authority City of York, North Yorkshire


Type and Period (1)

Full Description

York Archaeological Trust, 2000, Steelflex and NRM Site Foundry Lane (Unpublished document). SYO2387.

Dr Bill Fawcett, John A Ives and Alison Sinclair, 2013, YORK CENTRAL AUDIT OF HERITAGE ASSETS,NOVEMBER 2013 (Report). SYO1457.

Sources/Archives (2)

  • --- Report: Dr Bill Fawcett, John A Ives and Alison Sinclair. 2013. YORK CENTRAL AUDIT OF HERITAGE ASSETS,NOVEMBER 2013.
  • --- Unpublished document: York Archaeological Trust. 2000. Steelflex and NRM Site Foundry Lane.

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

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Record last edited

Jan 21 2020 3:29PM


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