Building record MYO4374 - Burton Stone Gymnasium


The Gymnasium building was constructed between 1939-1942, as part of the Water Lane High School for Girls. This was the first purpose-built school in York in response to the 1936 Education Act. The school was designed by York Architects: F.T. Penty & J.E.N. Thompson. The Architects were based on Coney Street in York and active between 1926 and 1936, who also designed the 1927 block at St. Peter’s School in Clifton ( of-york-architects). The Gymnasium was used as a youth centre as part of the council provision for sport, health and wellbeing, as part of a National Fitness Campaign. By the late 1950’s, the school had been renamed as the Burton Stone County Secondary Modern for Girls. The school was closed in the early 1980s, and only the 1960s block and the gymnasium were kept as a community centre.


Grid reference Centred SE 5978 5351 (26m by 29m)
Map sheet SE55SE
Unitary Authority City of York, North Yorkshire


Type and Period (2)

Full Description

The change of use of the two former school buildings to a community
centre included the conjoining of the two buildings, an insertion of a new
corridor and the loss of the original gym entrance. The rear wall of the
Gymnasium (north-east elevation), had been rebuilt at the time of the
demolition of the school buildings which formally were contemporary
with the gym. All the doors, light fittings and heating had been updated to current
safety guidelines. No original electrical features, internal nor external
doors remained.

The Gymnasium of Burton Stone County Secondary Modern was one of
only a handful of examples of steamlined moderne architecture
constructed in York in the 1930s. The two other examples were the
Regal Cinema and the Odeon.

MAP Archaeological Practice, 2018, Burton Stone Community Centre BR (Unpublished document). SYO2177.

Sources/Archives (1)

  • --- Unpublished document: MAP Archaeological Practice. 2018. Burton Stone Community Centre BR.

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

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Related Events/Activities (1)

Record last edited

Mar 15 2019 2:30PM


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