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Bishopsbarns and Garden Wall and Gates Attached at Front

A Grade II* Listed Building in Micklegate, York

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Coordinates

Latitude: 53.9487 / 53°56'55"N

Longitude: -1.1032 / 1°6'11"W

OS Eastings: 458957

OS Northings: 450665

OS Grid: SE589506

Mapcode National: GBR NQQS.Z7

Mapcode Global: WHFC9.00YN

Entry Name: Bishopsbarns and Garden Wall and Gates Attached at Front

Listing Date: 24 June 1983

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1256793

English Heritage Legacy ID: 464551

Location: York, YO24

County: York

Electoral Ward/Division: Micklegate

Built-Up Area: York

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: York St Paul

Church of England Diocese: York

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Listing Text


YORK

SE55SE ST GEORGE'S PLACE
1112-1/1/934 (South side)
24/06/83 No.27
Bishopsbarns and garden wall and
gates attached at front

II*

House; garden wall and gates attached at front. 1905. By WH
Brierley for himself; plasterwork by G Bankart; gardens by
Gertrude Jekyll.
MATERIALS: handmade red-orange brick in English bond with
moulded brick and tile dressings; roofs of handmade tile,
steeply pitched over centre range at front with 4 segment
gabled dormers; tall brick stacks are banded, quoined,
corniced, some conjoined and diagonally set. Garden wall is
handmade English bonded brick. Garden gate and other woodwork
is of untreated oak: windows in wooden pegged oak frames.
EXTERIOR: front: centre range of 2 storeys and attics; 5
windows irregularly disposed: to left is 2-storey gabled
crosswing, to right cross-gabled wing of 2 storeys with attic.
Off-centre double front doors with inset glazing beneath
shallow segment-arched porch on flat brackets. In centre range
windows are of 1, 2 or 3 diamond-latticed mullioned lights,
except for staircase window which is transomed and has
decorative glazing bars. Left wing has two 1-light windows on
both floors and extruded stack at gable apex over sunk brick
panel in moulded brick surround. Right wing has 4-light
mullioned and transomed window on ground floor; on first floor
tripartite window with segment-arched centre casements beneath
full-width hoodmould. Gable with tiny square-headed window in
apex beneath stepped-up hoodmould, filled with raised bands
and panels of decorative brickwork.
Rear: 1 low storey; left end has attic with 3-light window in
gableted dormer; attic to right of centre has 6-light raking
dormer window; left of centre is 2-storey cross-gabled wing;
gableted crosswing at right end. At right of centre is canted
trabeated loggia; deeply recessed at rear are glazed and
panelled doors and 4-light and 2-light mullioned windows to
left and right respectively. Wing to left has 6-light
transomed window on ground floor; on first floor, similar
window over dentilled sill band, beneath soldier brick arch
and triple-arched hoodmould. Gable above is filled with bands
and strings of cogged brick with tiny pointed window in apex.
Right wing has 5-light mullioned window on ground floor,
similar 4-light window on first floor.
Left return: 2 storeys, 2 bays, left one gabled and filled
with bands and panels of decorative brickwork. Gabled bay has
canted bay on ground floor with 6-light Ipswich window: on
first floor, 5-light mullioned window, centre light arched,
with brick dentilled sill band and hood. Gable above filled

with decorative brickwork. To right are 5-light mullioned
windows on both floors, ground floor one with pent hood.
Windows except where indicated otherwise are square-latticed
casements, some with top-hung lights.
INTERIOR: the only alteration to Brierley's original
arrangements has been some modernisation of the kitchen and
bathroom. Ground floor only inspected. Outer lobby lined with
original Delft tiles collected by Brierley. Inner front door
screen is of linenfold panelling. Inner and outer halls and
drawing room are panelled in square wainscotting: dining room
retains original wallpaper. Drawing and dining rooms have
moulded plaster ceilings: drawing room ceiling is
barrel-vaulted with isolated flower motifs, incorporating the
initials WHB and GB, and a guardian angel holding a model of
the house; dining room ceiling is divided into 3 bays by heavy
plaster beams, each division having a zodiac sign in each
corner; inner hall has moulded cornice. Drawing and dining
rooms and inner hall have stone fireplaces, the former in
carved wood surrounds, the drawing room one with tiled slips.
Drawing room and staircase windows incorporate original
painted glass. Main staircase has open string, stocky turned
balusters and square newels. Original light fittings survive
throughout ground floor. Built-in cupboards, pantry shelving,
stone sink and other fittings retained in service rooms.
SUBSIDIARY FEATURES: garden wall fronts the full width of the
site, returning at the each end of the centre range to form a
forecourt of small cobbled squares. Wall is approximately 2
metres high, incorporating lozenge panels of raised brickwork
and has dentilled cornice beneath sloped coping. Piers are
square on plan with flat caps and ball finials. Garden gate at
far left end is boarded, on strap hinges and has
segment-arched timber overthrow. Back gate at far right end is
of turned timber bars and dog bars, in segment-headed frame.
(Weaver L: Small Country Houses of Today: London: 1922-: 145;
Nuttgens P: Brierley in Yorkshire: York: 1984-: 13-16).


Listing NGR: SE5895750665

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