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Heworth Croft, 19 Heworth Green, York, once known as Queen’s Villa, and probably for a clergyman, c. 1842. "White brick in Italianate style.... Attributed to J. B. and W. Atkinson. Corner pilasters. Pilastered porch with round-arched entrances and windows" (Pevsner and Neave 248).

Left: The entrance. Right: The house from a different angle.

The Inventory of Historical Monuments describes the house more fully as

a detached villa of two storeys and attics ... standing, with a coachhouse and other outbuildings, in its own grounds. It is first mentioned in the Directory of 1843, under its former name, Queen's Villa, when it was occupied by the Reverend John Acaster, incumbent of St. Helen's, Stonegate. There is a large house on this site on Robert Cooper's map of 1832 but Heworth Croft appears to be later than this in style. An advertisement in the Yorkshire Gazette of 5 August 1854, shortly after John Acaster's death, states that he built the house for himself and that he obtained a lease for 99 years from the Crown in 1842. It is therefore likely on documentary as well as stylistic grounds that the house was begun in 1842....

Left: A glimpse of the tower to the north-west. Right: Street sign — the side-road is named after the house.

The inventory continues, "In the angle formed by the main rectangular block of the house and a wing to the N.W. is a low tower which further emphasises the Italianate style in which the house is built. The wing is connected to an original coach-house building now converted to other uses. The interior has a staircase with stone treads and cast-iron balustrade, and the principal ceilings are decorated with moulded plaster in various patterns."

Related Material


"Houses: Heworth." An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in City of York. Vol. 4: Outside the City Walls East of the Ouse. Her Majesty's Stationery Office: London, 1975. British History Online. Web. 28 November 2020.

Pevsner, Nikolaus, and David Neave. Yorkshire: York and the East Riding. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2002.

Last modified 8 January 2021