Mount Parade, York

pen ink and wash drawing of Mount parade in York by ronnie cruwys

1 and 2 Mount Parade, York featuring the gentleman who told me about this street.

If you are a fan of Georgian streets, then Mount Parade is a treasure waiting for you if you ever visit York. I had no idea it was here until the gentleman you see strolling to the right of this drawing mentioned it to me. He had what I thought might be a musician’s briefcase over one shoulder and was carrying a raincoat over his arm.

Man walking along the Mount, York near Mount Parade

Man walking along the Mount, York near Mount Parade

That day I was sketching The Mount (round the corner) and taking photos.  He stopped to have a brief conversation with me which led to me drawing this street. I will get back to drawing the Mount but the Parade was waiting for me.  If he ever stumbles across this post – I would like to thank him for taking that minute to pause and speak to me. It’s something I notice more and more, how a moment of what seems barely conversational chit-chat can have a lasting reach. I love it!

georgian terraced houses in york drawn by ronnie cruwys

Numbers 3 and 4 mount Parade, York

I was twelve years old and probably cycling past this street to school when a publication by Her Majesty’s Stationery Office in 1972 appeared ‘An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in City of York, Volume 3, South west.    The following extract gives us a little insight into this street:

MOUNT PARADE, laid out in 1823, seems to have been the earliest example in York of a new type of development, the suburban road planned for genteel residences. The little terrace faces S.W., with a series of small front gardens towards the roadway. Building proceeded slowly, and only nine houses were occupied by 1830: five by gentry, one by a coach-guard and one by a stone and marble mason as his private house. Some houses were not finished until c. 1840. Cumberland House, on the S.W. side of the Parade, was built c. 1834′  (This free content was digitised by double rekeying and sponsored by English Heritage).

All these buildings are grade 2* listed. As always, I would love to hear from you if you have any further insights into their histories.

gerogian red brick terraced houses drawn by artist ronnie cruwys

5 and 6 Mount Parade, York

pen and ink drawing of Mount parade, york by Ronnie Cruwys

7 and 8 Mount Parade, York

Georgian red brick terraced houses in York

9 and 10 Mount Parade, York

Georgian terraced houses in York conservation area

11 and 12 Mount Parade, York

13 and 14 Mount Parade, red brick terraced houses, York

13 and 14 Mount Parade, York

15 mount parade york

No 15 Mount Parade with that lovely dog in the window!

sketch of dog in the wiondow mount pararde york

There was a dog in this window – but he looks more like our own old dog here

16 and 17 mount parade york

16 and 17 Mount Parade York

red brick georgian house on mount parade

18 Mount Parade, York, the last house on the street

As always, thanks for passing this time with me!


About ronniecruwys

Living and working in the Clyde Valley, South Lanarkshire, drawing, sketching, painting and exploring my new Scottish life and surroundings. Please visit my other blogs and main website
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2 Responses to Mount Parade, York

  1. Dorothy Elliott says:

    Hi Ronnie, whilst searching for my grand uncle Ernest Mccraith who lived at number 1 mount parade I came across your article! How very interesting a great insight into life along that street , I have thoroughly enjoyed the pictures and the read!! Thank you !! Kind regards Dorothy Mccraith Elliott.

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