Lady Peckett’s Yard

Lady Peckett’s Yard

Lady Peckett’s Yard runs from Pavement and is connected to Fossgate. The yard is named after Alice Peckett, who was the wife of the Lord Mayor in 1701, and the name dates from before 1782 to refer to the open area where the lanes led. Before being referred to under its current name, the are was known as Bacus Gail and Trichour Gail.

In the mid-nineteenth century there was a Wesleyan Methodist Association Chapel in the yard, nearby to the pawn-brokers owned by Mr. Wood, and it is thought that John Wesley also stayed in the street.

Number 11 Lady Peckett’s Yard is owned by the York Conservation Trust who purchased it in 1946, and the property is now used as a hair-dressers with a flat above.

The nearby Golden Fleece pub has named one of its rooms as “Lady Peckett’s Room”.

In 1871 the residents in the yard included:

John Johnson Bluckstone – aged 60 – worked as a wood-carver
Frances Bluckstone – aged 61 – wife of John Bluckstone
Charles Bluckstone – aged 28 – worked as a wood-carver, like his father
Susan Bluckstone – aged 28 – wife of Charles Bluckstone
Emma Bluckstone – aged 26 – daughter of John and Frances
William Bluckstone – aged 22 – worked as a wood-turner, son of John and Frances

John Berry – aged 67 – worked as a joiner
Dorothy Berry – aged 63 – wife of John Berry
Mary Berry – aged 32 – daughter of John and Dorothy
William Berry – aged 25 – worked as a joiner, son of John and Dorothy
Atley Berry – aged 23 – worked as a joiner, son of John and Dorothy
Frederick Berry – aged 21 – worked as a plumber, son of John and Dorothy
Ann Berry – aged 17 – daughter of John and Dorothy

Henry Hardcastle – aged 35 – worked as a pawn-broker
Eliza Hardcastle – aged 33 – wife of Henry Hardcastle
Alf Hardcastle – aged 1 – son of Henry and Eliza
Ada Hardcastle – aged 1 month – daughter of Henry and Eliza
John Wood – aged 31 – Eliza’s brother
Henry Linton – aged 35 – worked as a pawn-broker’s assistant under the Hardcastles
Alfred Nottingham – aged 15 – worked as a pawn-broker’s assistant under the Hardcastles
Ann Duncan – aged 36 – worked as a domestic servant to the Hardcastles
Eliza Simpson – aged 19 – worked as a domestic servant to the Hardcastles

The Hardcastles were a wealthy family, and owned other pawn-brokers in the city, with Henry’s son later taking over the running of them. York Castle Museum has a display on pawn-brokers which feature the premises once occupied by Hardcastle’s business.