Coney Street has its origins in Roman York, when it was laid out between the river and the south-west wall of the garrison fortress. In the Middle Ages it became the site of important civic buildings such as the Guildhall, and St Martin’s at the centre of the street was one of the city’s finest churches.
Since at least the 16th century Coney Street was the commercial heart of the city, specialising in luxury goods as well as providing a range of accommodation.
Looking above the shop-fronts today, visitors can see many high-quality buildings dating from the 16th to the 20th century, testament to the long and varied history of the street.
Visit the StreetLife Hub to discover the histories of one of York’s most familiar thoroughfares.
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