One of York’s oddest buildings named among Historic England’s places of the year

16 Dec 2020 @ 8.00 am
| History

Even in a city filled with weird and wonderful buildings, there’s nothing else quite like it.

The Bullnose Building, the narrow, curved, brick block which greets most visitors to the National Railway Museum, is a one-off.

And it has won a place on Historic England’s list of Yorkshire highlights of the year.

Another view of the Bullnose Building. Photograph © Google Street View

What was the former coal manager’s office and house, the Bullnose was given a Grade II listing by Historic England.

It was one of 33 places in Yorkshire to be listed. And it make’s the charity’s list of five 2020 highlights.

“In the 19th century the transportation of coal and other minerals mined in North East England was a lucrative business for the North Eastern Railway,” Historic England says.

“When the company decided to build a new goods station complex in the 1870s, architect Thomas Prosser incorporated a new coal depot into the plans, together with a building to accommodate an office and housing for the coal manager.

One of the doorways in the Bullnose Building. Photograph: Google Street View

“Designed by Benjamin Burleigh, who took over from Prosser, the Bullnose Building is a two-storey structure, notable for its elegant rounded corner. The interior of the office retains many of its original fixtures and fittings including the staircase and fireplace.

“The Bullnose Building sits at the gateway to one of the largest city centre brownfield regeneration projects in the country, and is part of the National Railway Museum’s ambitious journey to become the cultural heart of the York Central development.”