Deangate was constructed in 1903 to improve the access from Monk Bar and Goodramgate to the Railway Station, and has also made the view of York Minster much less cluttered.
The construction of Deangate meant that a number of buildings had to be demolished, including the schoolhouse rooms which had temporarily been used by St. Peter’s School. The Minster’s Works Department remains on Deangate, responsible for the maintenance of the building and its stonework.
After Deangate was constructed it was used heavily by cars and was an encroachment onto the peace of York Minster. In 1975 Andrew Hutton reported one of the stone masons questioning why traffic wasn’t banned from Deangate as “if you go high up on the building when a lot of traffic is passing you can feel the vibrations, especially amongst the pinnacles on the south west side. It’s like putting your hand on the side of a ship and feeling the engine room. If the cars are doing that to the stone, you shudder to think what they’re inflicting on the fragments of stained glass”.
In 1988 the street was finally closed to traffic in a one-year experiment which was extended, with the Guardian noting that “the Minster’s stonework has been damaged by vibration and exhaust fumes”. The traffic had already fallen as a result of the the construction of the city’s new ring road, and Deangate today is a more peaceful pedestrianised area.