Two neglected pieces of York’s social history were successfully restored on Coney Street in 2017. The coat of arms above the former Beckett’s Bank on Coney Street (now Starbuck’s ) was repainted in red and gold. The crest bears the Latin motto of the former bank, which translated into English means ‘For the benefit of all’.

Restoration of the coat of arms, Coney Street.

At the same time, a Georgian door near St Martin’s Church was repaired, repainted and protected from future damage by the installation of a metal bar. York houses many noteworthy examples of Georgian architecture and this small piece of eighteenth century history has now been preserved, whilst making the approach to City Screen more pleasant.

Georgian door prior to restoration
Kevin Spencer with the newly painted door.

Works were carried out by Len Plows & Son, painter Kevin Spencer and managed by Nick Beilby of York Civic Trust.