(Former) Probate Office, Duncombe Place, York. Designed by Sir Henry Tanner (1849-1913). 1885. Described in the listing text as being of "Ashlar and rusticated stone," and as having a "plain tile roof with terracotta cresting, terracotta and stone finials, and stone stacks."

Tanner was a pupil of Anthony Salvin. He spent much of his career with H. M. Office of Works, rising from assistant surveyor in 1871 to chief architect in 1898. When he left the Office of Works in 1913, he worked briefly in partnership with his son, also called Henry (1876-1947). This is an example of one of his prominent public buildings, adjacent on one side to the Masonic Hall on Duncombe Place, and a key government building in a key position.

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Related Material


Crown Buildings. British Listed Buildings. Web. 7 June 2021.

Pevsner, Nikolaus, and David Neave. Yorkshire: York and the East Riding. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2002 (see p. 216).

"(Sir) Henry Tanner." DSA (Dictionary of Scottish Architects). Web. 7 June 2021.

Created 8 June 2021