Lost Buildings of York

An architectural plan for a covered market in Parliament Street. It was never constructed.

York is celebrated for its medieval architecture and Roman ruins: buildings and streets that have survived several centuries.  However, the landscape of York is by no means static.  An enormous prison came and went within 100 years and the Victorians also cut through the ramshackle Water Lanes to erect grand buildings such as the Magistrates Court.

Many churches and chapels have also been demolished over the years - St Crux at the end of the Shambles is a dramatic example.

In many cases, the only remaining record we have of demolished buildings and streets are the sketches and studies of local artists and others who toured the country drawing picturesque scenes.  Until 3rd of May 2009, many of these images can be seen close up and for real at York Art Gallery in a special display called A Different View: the Changing Landscape of York.