Discover

Welcome to the 'Discover' section! Here you will find insights into the fascinating studies being undertaken by our StreetLife researchers.

The project examines the history and heritage of Coney Street, but also aims to inform its present and future. From medieval guilds to the Second World War blitz, from early printing to modern musical heritage, we hope you find something interesting here.

Our research may perhaps even jog a memory you have of Coney Street. If so, we would love to hear from you! Either contact us, or visit the StreetLife Hub on Coney Street.

Political Pubs!

by
Lizzie Hodgson
The great coaching Inns of Coney Street were not just important for visitors to the city and those wanting a quick drink!  In the 18th and 19th centuries the Inns served as meeting places for the citizens of York. The two great coaching Inns, The Black Swan and The George contained sitting rooms…

The Willow: Gone but Not Forgotten

by
Lizzie Hodgson
York’s Coney Street has a rich musical heritage; from the cries of eighteenth-century street vendors to the powerful tones of fine church organs. If, like me, you were a York student pre-2015 then there is one particularly strong musical association with Coney Street: The Willow Disco.

After the Shop, Pt 2: Adapting Coney Street for the Future

by
Claire Smith
Like many high streets in the country, today Coney Street contains empty shop fronts and units. This two-part article asks how adaptive reuse might provide creative and flexible options for breathing life back into the street.

After the Shop, Pt 1: Past Adaptive Reuse on Coney Street

by
Jennie England
Like many high streets in the country, today Coney Street contains empty shop fronts and units. This two-part article asks how adaptive reuse might provide creative and flexible options for breathing life back into the street.

Back to the River, Pt 2

by
Claire Smith
York is hiding the River Ouse behind Coney Street. Aren’t we missing out? In a StreetLife workshop, run with York Civic Trust, we highlighted potential benefits of reconnecting Coney Street to the Ouse.

A Healthy Heart to the City, Pt 2

by
Claire Smith
Our 'Sustainablity - a Healthy Heart to the City' workshop considered the opportunities for greenery and nature on the street. Find out what our participants discussed regarding environmental sustainability on Coney Street.

24 Hours in the Life of Coney Street, Pt 2

by
Claire Smith
If you’re a York resident, you’ve probably walked down Coney Street... but do you experience Coney Street throughout the day? For our opening workshop, we wanted people to think from morning deliveries, to daytime shopping, and evening leisure.

New Discoveries from Medieval York

by
John Jenkins
Find out how the StreetLife York project has uncovered documents from over 800 years ago that shed light on Coney Street's medieval past.

So You Want To Be An Eighteenth-Century Lord Mayor?

by
John Jenkins
Being the Lord Mayor of York in the 18th century had both its downsides and perks! See how 300-year-old documents have provided fascinating insight into this important ceremonial role.

Lendal Friary and its Library

by
Stephen Lonsdale
Underneath the House of Trembling Madness on Lendal lies one of York’s great secrets - a medieval friary that had one of the most significant libraries in the country.