Super cool video I found on YouTube from a chap called Jonathan Mallory who runs a WWW site called RC Flying. He has made a number of aerial movies over York, but the best one for the FFH is over Fulford at the time of the 2010? Fulford Show. Look out for the Minster in the distance.
Driving into York to the end of the Fulford Road, you cannot fail to notice the rather unusual early 19th century Villa that is now marooned within the Fishergate gyratory. This Grade II listed house, Ivy Cottage, or now 33 Fishergate, stands out due to its distinctive triangular headed windows at ground and first floor level and rendered walls. In recent times the place had been looking rather run down and the Ivy has been taking over.
In the 1990s it was a guesthouse and more recently student lets, but it has been empty for over a year and went on the market early this year. Help appears to be at hand from the purchasers, a small students lets business called Student Cribs based on Bristol. They have put on a new roof and are making some minor internal and external changes to create a high-spec 10 bedroom house (the picture on their WWW site shows it almost completely engulfed by the Ivy).
They have also removed all the Ivy (not a bad thing), and spruced up the exterior with a lick of paint and a bit of TLC. Let face it, although it’s a lovely period property, its location is a problem for it to be a family house, but I think Student Cribs have potentially made a very good investment here and I think this is a good way to keep it lived in and used.
I hope to do some more research on the house and its owners and Ivy Cottage will be the first FFH House Profile, which should be added sometime in September.
Christian Science Church bites the dust...
I was never really sure if I liked this building or not, which stood on the corner of Fulford Road and Kilburn Lane. It could be argued that it was an interesting example of an early 20th century art deco building, and it did have some nice brickwork features, but it was always going to be difficult to convert it to secular use after the Church closed. It was not listed and did not make it into the revised conservation area and there have been planning applications since 2008 which involve it being knocked down. There is now a new Eco house on part of the site on Kilburn Lane and according to the Press, two more of these Eco houses will be built (the second one is currently going up) as well as 'a new smaller church that will be built on the land'. As well as the pictures below, there is a short video clip I took on my phone on the way to work when I actually saw it coming down.