Building record MYO706 - 3 and 5 Victor Street


Rectory built in the late 17th century for the now demolished St Mary Bishophill Senior. The building was altered and extended after 1876, when part of it became a shop. Restored in 1987 and now in use as two houses. This is an interesting example of a rural vernacular house-type, unusual in an urban setting and unique in York.


Grid reference SE 6012 5135 (point)
Map sheet SE65SW
Civil Parish York, City of York, North Yorkshire


Type and Period (4)

Full Description

Rectory to Church of St Mary Bishophill Senior (demolished); now two dwellings. Late C17; altered, extended and re-roofed after 1876, restored 1987. Red and orange brick in stretcher bond; brick coping and kneelers, now rendered, to steeply-pitched pantile roof; brick stacks at left end of No.3, and to rear of front range of No.5. EXTERIOR: 2-storey front of 4 unequal bays, articulated by pilasters. Entrance to No.3 is inserted 6-panel door in left end bay; entrance to No.5 in rear extension. In right of centre bay, C19 cart arch beneath massive lintel, now closed by wrought-iron gates. Left of arch is late C19 shopfront of plain pilasters and frieze beneath moulded cornice between scrolled, grooved consoles surmounted by gablets. Shop door boarded over beneath fanlight, to right of 8-pane sash window. To right of arch, 25-pane sash window with sunk-panel shutters. First floor windows are 16-pane sashes. Raised first floor band; coved boarded eaves. Rear: ground floor obscured by extensions: inside No.3, a fire-window arch, pilasters and raised first floor band are visible. On first floor, three original segmental arches survive over later windows. INTERIOR: of No.3: exposed chamfer-stopped beams and joists on both floors, supported on ground floor by dwarf Doric column. Against left end wall, later fireplace survives to brick chimney hood, visible on first floor. On first floor, two rooms have early C19 fireplaces with cast-iron grates. RCHM file records a blocked 2-light window in the gable wall of No.3, with timber-frame and mullion. Interior of No.5 not inspected. This is an interesting example of a rural vernacular house-type, unusual in an urban setting and unique in York. (Pace GG: Bishophill: York: York: 1974-: 7, 31; City of York: RCHME: South-west of the Ouse: HMSO: 1972-: 62).
Listing NGR: SE6012951358

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

NMR Information
BF061229 THE OLD RECTORY, YORK File of material relating to a site or building

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Record last edited

Jan 24 2020 10:14AM


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