Update, April 2014: the demolition of the building is due to begin shortly.
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Burnholme Club/Burnholme WMC, or to give it its posher name, Burnholme Hall. A striking building, which once had extensive grounds. It still has a fairly large open area around it, which is soon to be built on. Housing is planned for the site, and a new club house, more fit for purpose than this one is.
It isn’t a Listed building, but it does appear on the ‘Local list’, yet to be formally adopted by the council.
It’s a landmark building, and a charming one, rather a surprise in the middle of suburban housing on a much smaller scale. It has been used as a social club/WMC for many decades – since the 30s, apparently.
A speedway track was built on part of its estate, around 1930. This only lasted for a year or so. The houses of Burnholme Ave had covered the area by the later 1930s.
It’s a late 19th century house, built by W G Penty for John Bellerby. The Local List describes it as ‘a fantasy villa’ with extravagant towers and stained glass windows.
I wonder why so many Working Men’s Clubs ended up occupying these large old houses. The Lawrence St WMC was another in a grand old house. And as with Lawrence St, this building is obviously too expensive to maintain.
They don’t make them like this anymore, that’s for sure. Worth trying to save this building by lodging an objection to the planning application?
How to comment
Comments can be made via the council’s website:
planning application, information and documents, including the
Design and Access Statement (PDF – large file) (helpful for overview of the application and includes some history of the house).
The Press: Homes plan for Burnholme Social Club
Information on the York Speedway track came from this website on defunct speedway tracks which uses text by David Poole, apparently a chapter from a book, though it doesn’t say which book. It’s worth a read, and includes a reference to the 1930s club house holding a ‘smoking concert’. How times change eh?
Thanks to Frank Ormston for alerting me to the existence of the Burnholme track.