Forecourt walls, piers, gates and railings to the front York House

Overview

Heritage Category: Listed Building

Grade: II*

List Entry Number: 1202749

Date first listed: 29-Sep-1951

Date of most recent amendment: 05-Sep-2013

Location Description: Forecourt walls, piers, gates and railings to the front of York House, Yorkersgate, Malton.

Statutory Address: FORECOURT WALLS, RAILINGS, GATE AND GATE PIERS AT YORK HOUSE, YORKERSGATE

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Location

Statutory Address: FORECOURT WALLS, RAILINGS, GATE AND GATE PIERS AT YORK HOUSE, YORKERSGATE

Location Description: Forecourt walls, piers, gates and railings to the front of York House, Yorkersgate, Malton.

The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: North Yorkshire

District: Ryedale (District Authority)

Parish: Malton

National Grid Reference: SE7851571587

Summary

Forecourt boundary incorporating ornamental C17 ironwork for the Grade II* listed York House.

Reasons for Designation

The later C17 forecourt boundary and gateway is designated at Grade II* for the following principal reasons: * Ironwork: the forecourt boundary represents a rare survival of C17 design utilising elaborate ironwork; * Garden design: forms the most historically and architecturally significant component of the garden design laid out for the Stricklands from 1684 onwards; * Group value: directly with the Grade II* listed York House, as well as the other associated garden structures to the rear.

History

Sir William Strickland married Elizabeth Palmes, the Eure family heiress, in 1684 and, via the marriage, gained ownership of York House (NHLE 1290865). The forecourt, with its boundary, was part of the remodelling of the house and its gardens following the marriage, the ironwork overthrow across the gateway combining William Strickland's monogram with 'Vince Malum Bono' (Defeat evil with good), the Eure family motto. The railings date to circa 1970, reproducing the originals.

Details

Forecourt boundary and gateway, later C17 with C20 replacement railings.

MATERIALS Wall and gate piers of ashlar; wrought iron gate, railings and overthrow.

DESCRIPTION The boundary wall is about 0.5m high with cambered coping, terminated at each corner by a square pier, each with a moulded cornice and pyramidal cap. The gate piers are taller, being square on plan with rebated angles and banded rustication, finished with moulded cornices, stepped caps and ball and pedestal finials, the balls being enclosed by a band of vermiculated rustication. The pedestrian gate is central and highly ornamented featuring rinceaux, scrolls and reversed wheatear drops, topped by alternately twisted and wavy finials. The overthrow above is similarly ornamented including intertwined foliage enclosing a 'WS' monogram and the motto 'VINCE MALUM BONO'. Railings to either side of the gateway are similar, but include a square section open-work column with twisted finials to the centre of each side. Railings to the side returns joining to the house are of a much simpler (probably modern) design.

Legacy

The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System number: 389610

Legacy System: LBS

Sources

Other
Colin Briden, The Talbot Hotel Malton North Yorkhire: An assessment of the gardens, 2011,
Peter Goodchild, Some Historical Notes on York House, Malton, and its Garden and Grounds, 2011,

End of official listing