(Former) Trinity Chapel, Peckitt Street, York. The architects were J. B. & W. Atkinson, and it was built in 1856. Nikolaus Pevsner and David Neave say: "Its façade of red brick with white brick and ornamental stone details in a Byzantine style remains to Peckitt Street" (196). The term "Byzantine" is also used in the 1885 Directory of York, where it is stated that the chapel could hold 800 people.

Details of the Clifford Street end of the building.

Peckitt Street is a side road off Clifford Street and leads down to the Esplanade and riverside. The upper end of the building contained the chapel itself, as indicated by the five-light window and the more decorative treatment here, compared with the lower end, where the minister or other official may have been housed.

Doorways are grouped here.

The property is not listed, and possibly only this façade remains identifiable. In 1938, the former chapel was incorporated in a Fire Station with frontage on Clifford Street. That fire station was itself replaced by a new one on a different site, and in 2019 the complex reopened as apartments. Nearby, on Clifford Street, are the Magistrate’s Court and the former Institute of Arts, Science and Literature.

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Fawcett, B. "The Curious Tale of York Fire Station and Trinity Methodist Chapel." York Historian. Vol. 34 (2017).

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

York Street Directory, 1885: 30. Web. 29 July 2020.