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Latitude: 53.9551 / 53°57'18"N
Longitude: -1.0815 / 1°4'53"W
OS Eastings: 460369
OS Northings: 451390
OS Grid: SE603513
Mapcode National: GBR NQWP.NY
Mapcode Global: WHFC3.CV7B
Entry Name: 9, Tower Place
Listing Date: 14 June 1954
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1256415
English Heritage Legacy ID: 464947
Location: York, YO1
Electoral Ward/Division: Guildhall
Built-Up Area: York
Traditional County: Yorkshire
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire
Church of England Parish: York All Saints, Pavement
Church of England Diocese: York
SE6051SW TOWER PLACE
Also known as: Davy Tower TOWER PLACE.
Defensive tower, converted to summerhouse, now house. Tower
c1250; converted to summerhouse c1730, extended c1830; further
extension in C20.
MATERIALS: tower base of magnesian limestone; raised and
extended in red brick in Flemish bond; C20 extension in red
and grey brick in Monk bond; porch and coved eaves cornice of
timber; slate roof, hipped towards river, with wrought-iron
corner scrolls and 2 brick stacks.
EXTERIOR: entrance front to Tower Place: 1-storey gable end.
Steps up to door of 6 raised and fielded panels with divided
overlight in plain porch, to left of extruded stack. River
front: basement and 1 storey, 2 windows; 1-bay extension to
left. Main wall has 12-pane sash to left and blind window
opening to right: both have painted moulded stone sill and
flat arch of gauged brick with fasciated keyblocks. Extension
bay is canted at the corner and has 2 x 4-pane casement
window. Park front: basement and 1 storey, 2 bays. To left,
offset buttress and musket loop to right. Above, windows are
16-pane sashes, detailed as on river front. Return wall to
right has cruciform loop. In the C14 and early C15, tower was
known as the Tower of the Friars Minor; by the end of C15,
Davy Tower. A defensive chain was customarily slung across the
river from Davy Tower to the tower opposite.
INTERIOR: not inspected. RCHM records its original summerhouse
fittings including a chimneypiece with pulvinated frieze,
window seats, a dado rail with sunk panelling above, and a
moulded and enriched cornice.
(An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in the City of York:
RCHME: The Defences: HMSO: 1972-: 158-9; City of York: RCHME:
The Central Area: HMSO: 1981-: 235-6).
Listing NGR: SE6036951390
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