'Deanery & Minster Library, York,' steel vignette (engraver Rock & Co. Rock #: 4211) dated March 1860, by kind permission of Rare-old-prints.com.

J. P. Pritchett (1789-1868) designed the Deanery, which was built in 1827-31 in Dean’s Park, in ‘Tudor Gothic’ style. The house had a connection to the Minster Library which had probably been in the chapel from the beginning of the century. This thirteenth-century chapel had been restored by William Shout, master mason of the Minster, in 1806-13, ‘with an understanding of Gothic far superior to that of many of his contemporaries’ (Pevsner and Neave 204). The Deanery was demolished in 1938 and replaced (Pevsner and Neave 205).

Shown above is the now grassy site of Pritchett’s Deanery with the Minster Library on the left, together with its modern extension on the far left; the present Deanery is the red brick building in the centre of the image.

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

Created 3 June 2022