Crafting The Past
43/16-18 Coney Street

44/16-18 Coney Street

From the  An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in City of York, Volume 5, Central

(130) Houses, Nos. 16–22 (even) (Plate 119), a range of three, standing at the corner of New Street, are of three storeys and attics, of timber-framed construction with pantiled roofs. They were built in the 15th or early 16th century, each gabled to the street and three bays deep; the interior arrangement is not clear but there is no evidence visible of any original partitions in each house or of the positions of staircases. In the 18th century the front was plastered and the windows altered, and in the 19th century an addition was built in brick at the rear of Nos. 20 and 22. Nos. 16, 18, which in the 19th century had been occupied by Henry Sotheran, a well-known bookseller, was renovated in 1927 when the plaster rendering was removed and period-style windows inserted in the ground floor, though these were replaced by plate-glass windows in a second renovation in 1960. Nos. 20 and 22 have not had extensive modern restorations and retain on the upper floors many Georgian fittings and partitions.

The framing is exposed externally on the two street frontages of Nos. 16, 18 (Plate 119); the jettied floors of the gable-end to Coney Street have lodged sill-plates and the wall framing has pairs of curved downward braces; on the second floor the upper braces are exceptional in extending the whole storey height between sill-plate and tie-beam; the gable has a braced crown-post on a cambered tie-beam and cross-bracing to the rafters. The side to New Street, not originally an external wall, has posts with steep upward braces except for those at the corner with the jettied front, which have downward braces; between the posts are widely-spaced studs. The windows have hung sashes and include a canted oriel on the first floor of the Coney Street elevation. The interior retains an early 19th-century staircase with square balusters, and a few Georgian architraves; several chimney-pieces of the latter period were removed in 1960. One original internal roof truss survives (Fig. 6f), similar to the one in the gable-end but without the secondary braces between tie-beam and rafters; the crown-post supports braced collar-purlins. Though only a little framing is directly visible inside Nos. 20 and 22, there is enough to indicate that it follows the same pattern as that of Nos. 16, 18. The fronts of these two houses have modern shop windows and otherwise are plastered and have sash windows; the back wall is mostly rebuilt in brick or covered by the 19th-century extension.

1823 Linen Drapers Furnish William 

1829 Booksellers, Stationers, Binders & Printers, Sotheran Henry 

1840 Booksellers, Stationers, Binders & Printers, Sotheran Henry 

white directory 1851 Not listed, maybe under new street 

 1850 *1851 census note may not practice here just live 

Sotheran Henry and John stationers 

1861 Sotheran Henry, bookseller, stationer, printer &c 

1872 Sotheran Henry and John, stationers 

1876 Sotheran John, bookseller and stationer 

1885 Sotheran John, printer and stationer bookseller, 

1886 Sotheran John, bookseller, printer and stationer 

1889 Sothern, John, printer and bookseller 

1893 Sotheran John, bookseller & stationer 

1895 Sotheran John, bookseller & stationer 

1898 Anderson, Arthur, printer, bookseller and stationer 

1900 Anderson, Arthur, printer, bookseller and stationer 

1902 Anderson, Arthur, printer, bookseller and stationer 

1905 Anderson Arth. stationer &c 

1913 Anderson Arthur, stationer 

1921 Anderson Arthur,stationer  

1929 Martins Bank Ltd. P. B. Walton, mngr 

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