Crafting The Past

This website pulls together the research done by us as part of the Coney Street Heritage Project. To look at the craftsmen who lived and worked on the street from 1600-1900. As well as to run some classes based on our findings. The research was kindly paid for by The Heritage Lottery Fund

There is a lot of information about the history of Coney Street, and it’s status as a shopping street. As such we will not duplicate this and our research will primarily focus on the craftsmen and their work. Mapping the street and it’s tenants as we go.

The inspiration for the project is the building we rent on the street. It was built around 1600, is owned by the National Trust and has the most beautiful pargetted ceiling. Clearly the original owner was someone of wealth, perhaps a merchant or master craftsman.

Sadly we still haven’t, as yet, discovered that information, but digging through lots of archives brought a picture of a city modernising and a wealth of talent amongst it’s citizens.

Coney Street Heritage Project
Researching Coney Street Many of our makers specialise in traditional and heritage crafts, as such we were interested in the origins of our new home and if we could find any links to our current work.

Researching Coney Street

Many of our makers specialise in traditional and heritage crafts, as such we were interested in the origins

Researching Coney Street Many of our makers specialise in traditional and heritage crafts, as such we were interested in the origins of our new home and if we could find any links to our current work.

The Craftsmen and Women

The Craftsmen & Women of Coney Street York We have found a wide variety of skills in the buildings, some

Coney Street Heritage Project by Fabrication Crafts

The Classes

Many of the craft skills we found are practised by a number of our makers. As such we chose to focus on our original 2 finds of tin and coppersmithing,