An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in City of York, Volume 4, Outside the City Walls East of the Ouse. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1975.
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ROYAL COMMISSION ON THE ANCIENT AND HISTORICAL MONUMENTS AND CONSTRUCTIONS OF ENGLAND
Report to The Queen's Most Excellent Majesty
We, the undersigned Commissioners appointed to make an Inventory of the Ancient and Historical Monuments and Constructions connected with or illustrative of the contemporary culture, civilisation and conditions of life of the people of England, excluding Monmouthshire, from the earliest times to the year 1714, and such further Monuments and Constructions subsequent to that year as may seem in our discretion to be worthy of mention therein, and to specify those which seem most worthy of preservation, do humbly submit to Your Majesty the following Report, being the thirtieth Report on the Work of the Commission since its first appointment.
2. We have pleasure in reporting the completion of our recording of the Monuments in the City of York lying outside the line of the City walls to the east of the river Ouse, an area containing 304 monuments.
3. Following our usual practice we have prepared a full, illustrated Inventory of the monuments in eastern extramural York, which will be issued as York IV. As in other recent Inventories, the Commissioners have adopted the terminal date of 1850 for the monuments included in the Inventory, but with a brief notice of one prominent later building.
4. The methods adopted in previous Inventories have in general been adhered to. This Inventory covers areas of extensive development of the first half of the 19th century, and the larger houses of this period make a substantial contribution to the record of domestic buildings; for the smaller houses many whole streets have been recorded as single monuments.
5. Our thanks are due to incumbents and churchwardens and to owners and occupiers who have allowed access by our staff to the Monuments in their charge or ownership, especially to the University of York and the Directors of the York Institute of Advanced Architectural Studies, Dr. P. J. Nuttgens and Mr. R. K. Macleod, and to the Curators of the Yorkshire Museum, Mr. G. F. Willmot and Mr. A. Butterworth, to the Yorkshire Philosophical Society and the Corporation of York. We are indebted to Mr. O. S. Tomlinson, York City Librarian, and Mr. L. M. Smith of the Reference Library, Mr. C. B. L. Barr of the York Minster Library, and Mrs. N. K. M. Gurney of the Borthwick Institute, to Mr. J. Ingamells of the York City Art Gallery and to Mr. J. M. Collinson, archivist at the Leeds City Library; also to the partners in the firm of Messrs. Brierley, Leckenby and Keighley, architects, who have allowed us to reproduce drawings from their archive, and to many other architects who have lent us drawings. Mr. R. J. Malden has assisted in the identification of ironwork.
(4) St. Mary's Abbey, the ruins of a great late 13th-century church, incorporating some remains of a church founded in the late 11th century, with the Hospitium and fragments of the claustral buildings dating from the 12th to the 15th centuries. The Gatehouse, walls and towers enclosing the abbey precinct were recommended to Your Majesty's notice in our twenty-eighth Report (York II).
(11) The King's Manor, formerly the house of the Abbot of St. Mary's, dating in part from the 13th century, rebuilt in the 15th century and enlarged to form a palace for the Council of the North in the 16th and 17th centuries.
The monuments listed below in Bootham and Clifton include a small number which though not individually of especial distinction are part of a group of scenic value, giving character to one of the most pleasing approaches to the City.
7. In compiling the foregoing list our criteria have been architectural or archaeological importance, rarity, not only in the national but in the local field, and the degree of loss to a city of national importance that the destruction of these monuments would involve; we have taken no account of such attendant circumstances as cost of maintenance, usefulness for present-day purposes, or problems of preservation.
8. We desire to express our acknowledgement of the good work accomplished by our executive staff in the preparation and production of this Inventory, in particular by the editor Mr. R. W. McDowall, o.b.e., m.a., f.s.a., and by Dr. E. A. Gee, f.s.a., f.r.hist.s., and Messrs. H. G. Ramm, m.a., f.s.a., J. E. Williams, e.r.d., a.r.c.a., f.s.a., D. W. Black, b.a., f.s.a., the late J. Radley, m.a., f.s.a., I. R. Pattison, b.a., T. W. French, m.a., f.s.a., and Miss S. Spooner, b.a., also by our photographers Mr. C. J. Bassham and Mr. D. H. Evans, by our draughtsmen Mr. A. R. Whittaker and Mr. R. Meads, and by Mrs. J. Bryant who helped with the editorial work throughout.
10. With deep regret we have to record the great loss to the Commission caused by the resignation for reasons of ill health of Lord Salisbury, who was our Chairman from 1957 to 1972 and who died on 23rd February 1972. Gratitude is due to him for his wise guidance, and the Commission staff join with us in paying tribute to his unfailing consideration and kindliness.