A terrace of seven houses from the mid 19th century, though Nos. 2 and 2A were modernised in 1991. The building is of red brick with bands of cream brick and is of three storeys with chamfered windows and doors and a slate roof with brick cornice stacks. The interior of No. 2 is mostly unoriginal and have been substantially altered.


Grid reference SE 5997 5160 (point)
Map sheet SE55SE
Civil Parish York, City of York, North Yorkshire


Type and Period (4)

Full Description

Terrace of 7 houses. Mid C19; Nos 2 and 2A modernised 1991. MATERIALS: orange-red brick in Flemish bond at front and right side, with bands and dressings of cream brick, some painted; cream brick dentils to moulded timber eaves cornice interrupted by stone lintels of 2nd floor windows; left side rendered, rear of mottled brown brick in English garden wall bond. Slate roof with stone coped brick gables, brick kneelers and polychrome brick cornice stacks, one rebuilt. EXTERIOR: 3-storey front with 3 first floor windows to Nos 2 and 2A, 2 windows to remaining houses. Nos 2 and 2A have 4-panel doors beneath plain fanlights, approached by steps, recessed in keyed round-arched doorways, between paired round-arched windows. 4-panel doors with divided overlights to remaining houses are paired, except that to No.5, with single ground floor window to side; all openings have shouldered heads beneath keyed flat arches of rubbed brick. First floor windows to all houses have shouldered heads beneath keyed flat arches of rubbed brick. Second floor windows are squat with lintels. All windows are 4-pane sashes, except those to first floor of No.6, which are C20 replacements, and all have stone sills, those on ground floor moulded, those on first and second floors shaped. All openings are stop chamfered. Sill band of contrasting brick on each floor, and similar impost bands to ground and first floors, those to Nos 2 and 2A rising over round-arched window and door openings. First and second floor bands return on right gable wall. Each house has bootscraper niche beside the front steps. Towards the left end of the terrace is a reset parish boundary stone inscribed: "BOUNDS OF/ BISHOPHILL/ 17 JUNr 68". Rear: long timber lintel on ground floor of No.2A underbuilt with inserted sash window. All original windows are 4-pane sashes with cambered heads and flat arches, and stone sills, some painted. INTERIOR: not inspected. Terrace occupies an important position overlooking the churchyard of St Martin-cum-Gregory, Micklegate (qv).
Listing NGR: SE5997951609

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

No. 2 St. Martin's Lane -
The house forms the end part of a terrace of seven houses built in the mid19th century just of Micklegate in the bishophill area of the city, overlooking the church and churchyard of St. Martin cum Gregory bum Gregory. They would appear to have been constructed after 1852 as the layout differs significantly from that on the 1852 OS Plan.

No. 2 is constructed of orange-red brick in Flemish bond to the front and right hand gable end with bands and dressings at the front of cream brick with dentil eaves course and moulded timber cornice. The rear elevation is in mottled brown brick in English Garden Wall bond. The lower part has been painted white. There is a small single storey rear offshoot in painted brick with a slate roof containing 2 WCs and a small tea kitchen and lobby.

The main roof is also covered in slates and has stone coped brick gables, kneelers and polychrome brick chimney stacks which have been reduced in height and capped off without pots.
It has a four panel front door beneath a plain fanlight approached by steps recessed in a keyed, round arched doorway between paired round arched windows. All windows are boxed sashes with a single glazing bar. Openings are chamfered and there are still bands of contrasting brick on each floor. First floor windows have flat cream arches with stone shoulders and keystones. Second floor windows have flat stone lintels and shoulders.

The interiors have been substantially altered in the past when the house was converted to offices. The main kitchen and bathroom were removed and two WCs provided at second floor level in addition to the two in the rear offshoot.

Large rectangular openings with plain architraves have been created between created between front and back rooms on each floor and no fireplaces survive. Some decorative plaster cornices survive on the lower floors but those on the ground floor and that large ceiling roses would appear to be modern reproductions.

The staircase has plain strings and balusters and is clearly not original. The top landing has been extended on the splay to give access to the rear right room.

Many door openings on the landings have been moved or blocked up. At first floor level the lobby access may not be the original arrangement even though it has been added to provide a private link between the first floor rooms if the house was at one time divided into flats.

Those original doors which survive are four panelled with stop-chamfers and architraves with pyramidal details to the corners. Other doors are of a variety of styles, six and four panelled and flush.
The ground floor front windows have semi-circular arched tops and have working original timber shutters. The windows in rear rooms have been replaced with modern French windows protected by concertina-type steel security grilles.

There are two small yard areas at the rear separated by the WC block. The one on the left is open to the yard of 2A. The one to the right has a boarded fence separating it from the yard of the adjoining building. Both are surfaced with red concrete block pavers.

Derived from the Planning Support Statement for No. 2 St. Martins Lane – Application Number: 11/03037/FUL – Added 10/4/2017

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Apr 10 2017 4:33PM


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