This famous coaching inn formerly stood on the west side of Above Bar Street, close to the present entrance to West Quay Shopping Centre. It dated back to the 18th century and was originally the Coach and Horses, renamed the Royal York in the mid 19th century.

From 1872 a popular music hall, the Royal York Pavilion Music Hall, developed from the sing-songs held in the snuggery of the hotel and eventually became the most popular music hall in the town. It was built to the design of Alfred Bedborough.The building was demolished in the 1890s and the Palace of Varieties Theatre was built on the site.

Royal York Hotel

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Royal York Hotel, Above Bar Street. An engraved business card, c.1850


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