Deep in the cellars of Bootham School a beautiful cast iron Yorkshire range has been revealed. The building, number 43 Bootham, is one of the ten Georgian townhouse mansions which form the main School frontage. Last week (Friday 19th April) work was taking place in the cellars and when the range was revealed, it was decided to make a feature of it. Bootham School Estates Manager, Craig Pierotti, said, “When I saw it, I thought why have such an attractive architectural feature hidden behind plaster board? So we’ve dusted off the masonry dust and it’s looking pretty good. I don’t know when it was last used, but I’ve told the cookery activity that it’s there it they’re stuck for an oven!”
Number 43, has an interesting history. Originally built as part of a terrace in 1748 by Thomas Griffith, it was joined into one house with number 41 in the 1800’s. The original staircase, fittings and mouldings that remain in the building were almost certainly created by Thomas Wolstenholme.
The building was bought by the School in 1945 to house the growing number of teaching staff. Before the School’s purchase, it had been used as a lodging house and was in a terrible condition. The 1945 sale price was £4,000 but it took another £4,228 to turn it into four staff flats, but the cellar remained untouched. The building now houses the School’s Health Centre and administrative offices.