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24/40 Coney Street Fabrication Crafts

40/24 Coney Street

Coney Street Heritage Project by Fabrication Crafts
Detail from timber at the front of the building downstairs

Detail from An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in City of York, Volume 5, Central131)

House, No. 24, was built c. 1600, possibly incorporating parts of an earlier structure. It was a timber-framed house of three storeys, jettied on the street front, some 17 ft. wide and 42 ft. deep, giving two good rooms one behind the other on each floor. In the mid 18th century the front of the second floor was set back to eliminate the upper jetty and to enable the first floor to be heightened at the expense of the second. The front rooms were curtailed by the insertion of a staircase. The front gable was cut back to a hip and the back part was re-roofed at a lower level, reducing its three storeys to two and semi-attics.

The front elevation is jettied above a modern shop front; the wall above is plastered, with 19th-century windows on the first floor and 18th-century windows above; the hipped roof rises behind a moulded block cornice with dentils, of late 18th-century date. At the back some original timber framing is exposed, under-built in brick. Inside, the front room has been enlarged to its original depth by the removal of the 18th-century staircase at this level. The latter has been reconstructed with 19th-century newels in the back part of the house. An encroachment has been made on the N. corner of the room to provide stairs for No. 22 next door. The ceiling beam support ing the first floor is cased but in the back room the ceiling beam is exposed and moulded. A cellar below is in part original but was enlarged towards the street in the 19th century. On the first floor in the front room the fireplace has an 18th-century surround. The 18th-century staircase has no newels, open strings and turned balusters with umbrella knops. On the second floor the front part of the house has a decorated plaster ceiling of the early 17th century, with roses and fleurs-de-lys in a pattern of quatrefoils and lozenges (Plate 164); the ceiling is cut short at the front where the wall has been set back to eliminate the jetty.

Demolition of buildings behind No. 24 revealed a roof truss (Plate 127) of late 13th or early 14th-century date, incorporated in later rebuilding. It had a flat tie-beam, common rafters, long passing braces, raking struts and a collar with tall unjowled crown-post, all, except for the larger tie-beam, of uniform scantling.


Number 40 Coney Street, now 24 Coney Street

1829 Booksellers and Stationer Printers-Letter-Press
Sotheran Henry

1840  Chemists & Druggists Fall Thomas, 40 Coney street 

1851 Chemists & Druggists Fall Thomas

1872 Fall Thomas chemist and Druggist 

1861 Fall Thomas, chemist 

1872 Fall Thomas chemist and Druggist 

1876 Helley Robert, chemist and druggist 

The census returns show that mrs fall continued to live in the building, until her death in 1900

1885 Singer Manufacturing Machine Company, Wm. H. Heslewood, manager 

1886 Singer Manufacturing Machine Company, Wm. H. Heslewood, manager 

1889 Singer Manufacturing Co. Fall, Mrs. 

 1893 Fall Mrs 
Singer Manufacturing Co. (Abraham Cormack, district manager)

1895 Singer Manufacturing Co. sewing machine manufrs. George F. Hands, district manager 

1898 Singer Manufacturing Co. 

1900 Singer Manufacturing Co. 

Coney Street Heritage Project by Fabrication Crafts