Building record MYO3844 - Former Reynard's Garage Building


The building was constructed in circa 1920 as the depot for a trolley-bus service. This opened on the 22nd December 1920 with a fleet of four single deck cars operating along a 2km route between Pavement and Heworth to the north east of the city centre. The trolley bus service did not prove to be a success and was discontinued at the end of 1929. In 1931 the redundant trolley bus depot was rented to Airspeed Ltd. A new company set up by ex-employees of the Airship Guarantee Company which had been wound up following the R101 airship disaster in 1930. Airspeed's founders included Nevil Shute Norway, Alan J Cobham and Lord Grimthorpe. The former Trolley Bus depot is not thought to have been retained by Airspeed after 1933, but reverted to being a public transport depot for motor buses. The building is primarily of brick construction around a steel frame, hidden from the outside, the whole capped with a corrugated sheet roof, seemingly of asbestos. In plan the building is broadly rectangular but with a slight curve in its long elevations, where it follows the road north. The original brickwork is largely covered by a later pebble-dash render. The interior layout consists of a large hall open to the roof with two distinct areas in the south-east corner of the building. A mezzanine floor has been inserted in the south end which contains several small rooms of breeze-block construction. Identified as a Building of Merit in the Historic Core Conservation Area Appraisal 2011. Recorded ahead of demolition in 2015.


Grid reference Centred SE 6064 5158 (72m by 58m)
Map sheet SE65SW
Unitary Authority City of York, North Yorkshire


Type and Period (3)

Full Description

On-Site Archaeology, 2014, 31 Walmgate EXC (Unpublished document). SYO1834.

AOC, 2015, 19-21 Piccadilly (Unpublished document). SYO1766.

On-Site Archaeology, 2015, Rear of 31 Walmgate (Unpublished document). SYO1781.

Sources/Archives (3)

  • --- Unpublished document: AOC. 2015. 19-21 Piccadilly.
  • --- Unpublished document: On-Site Archaeology. 2015. Rear of 31 Walmgate.
  • --- Unpublished document: On-Site Archaeology. 2014. 31 Walmgate EXC.

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Related Events/Activities (4)

Record last edited

Jul 19 2019 3:54PM


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