York Walks /3

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Photographed in summer 2004

During my wanderings in 2004 I've found many abandoned buildings. This building, pictured right, was photographed in 1995. It was somewhere off Cinder Lane, off Leeman Road, near the footbridge over the railway lines. It may still be there, unoccupied and mysterious, but I can't tell. There was an open gate when I visited in '95, but it's closed now, and locked.

In the past I didn't often waste expensive camera film and developing costs on old abandoned buildings. Now I've got a digital camera I can record all of these buildings I discover on my wanders.

  Unnamed building, somewhere off Cinder Lane, 1995

As I've walked around York this year I've noticed many buildings that seem to have come to a turning point, and have a planning application in their windows, or are in limbo, between one use and another.

Note – October 2006: this page was compiled in 2004. Please see the links in the text below for updates, where available.

Burton Croft, Burton Stone Lane – to be demolished

Burton Croft  

This house, once the home of J B Morrell, is to be demolished so that Barratt can build new residential accommodation. The decision was made in summer 2004 by City of York Council. There's a page on this site about this building: York Walks /3 : Burton Croft.

Photographed on 21 July 2004.

This building was demolished in early 2005 – see Changes: Burton Croft]

White Swan Hotel, Piccadilly

White Swan Hotel, Piccadilly   Detail of White Swan Hotel window
White Swan Hotel window  

The White Swan Hotel on Piccadilly has been empty and abandoned for as long as most of us can remember. It was occupied for a time by the York Peace Collective, and the windows still show signs of that occupation.

Photographed on 15 August 2004.

Update: the building is still empty, but for more info see Buildings – White Swan Hotel, Piccadilly (from Feb 2011).

Shipton Street School, Shipton Street

Shipton Street School   Shipton Street School:  detail

The recent developments here – or indeed lack of them – are rather confusing. The City of York Council apparently discovered this was a listed building, after they discussed selling the site. (It's odd that they didn't know it was listed, as it belongs to them.) Recent reading suggests it was the first school built by the architect Brierley, who then went on to design many of the schools in York, including the much-admired buildings on Scarcroft Road and Poppleton Road.

Photographed on 23 July 2004.

Update: This building is still empty. See Buildings: Shipton Street School for more information.

Clifton Hospital laundry, off Shipton Road

Clifton Hospital site  

Most of the Clifton Hospital site has been redeveloped, but a few of its Victorian buildings remain, as does this 20th century laundry. I don't suppose many people will want to protect it from redevelopment, but I've included it, as the official planning application notification has just appeared in the local paper. Ugly or not, it deserves recording before it's demolished. More about this building and others nearby in Forrmer Clifton Hospital site.

Photographed on 7 August 2004.

Update: This building was being demolished by the autumn. See York Walks /4: Clifton hospital site – revisited. A new medical facility now occupies the site.

St Clement's Church Hall and House, Moss Street/Cygnet Street

St Clement's Church House building, Cygnet Street   Battered old sign – isn't it lovely – reads 'St Clement's Church House'
I think this is the old St Clement's Church Hall  

The sign above right is from the building pictured above left, which is on Cygnet Street, and I think is connected to this other boarded-up building which seems to back onto it, but which faces onto Moss Street. I know that a planning application to redevelop the St Clement's Church Hall was refused. I believe that some kind of deal has been done so that instead the developers are building on the Moss Street depot just along the road from the building pictured left.

Photographed on 27 July 2004.

Update, 2012: these buildings have since been refurbished and are back in use. For more, see Clement's Hall – a brief history

Bonding Warehouse, Skeldergate

The beautiful Bonding Warehouse – rather troubled with a graffiti problem  

This is a very beautiful Victorian warehouse, and the photo left is just a detail of some of the graffiti that has covered it since it's been standing empty.

Photographed on 15 August 2004.

Update: It's still empty, though work did begin on its refurbishment. See Buildings: Bonding Warehouse.

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Page compiled in 2004. Last updated 9 Feb 2012.