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Royal York Hotel and Area Railings Attached at Side and Rear

A Grade II Listed Building in Micklegate, York

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Latitude: 53.9587 / 53°57'31"N

Longitude: -1.0921 / 1°5'31"W

OS Eastings: 459666

OS Northings: 451780

OS Grid: SE596517

Mapcode National: GBR NQTN.BN

Mapcode Global: WHFC3.6R5K

Entry Name: Royal York Hotel and Area Railings Attached at Side and Rear

Listing Date: 24 June 1983

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1256559

English Heritage Legacy ID: 464772

Location: York, YO24

County: York

Electoral Ward/Division: Micklegate

Built-Up Area: York

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: York St Paul

Church of England Diocese: York

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Listing Text


1112-1/15/1002 (West side)
24/06/83 Royal York Hotel and area railings
attached at side and rear


Station hotel with area railings attached at side and rear.
1878-96. By Thomas Prosser and William Peachey for the North
East Railway Co.
MATERIALS: yellow Scarborough brick in English bond with
rusticated basement, chamfered ashlar quoins and bands of red
brick arched over window heads; ashlar dressings, and strings,
impost bands, copings and cornices of moulded stone. Stone
balustraded brick parapets with urns and brick stacks with
stone cornices to slate roof. Railings are cast-iron. STYLE:
EXTERIOR: main front: 3 storeys with basement and attics; 19
windows arranged 2:5:5:5:2: end and centre blocks are quoined
and break forward; centre block extends further forward with
2-storey 5-bay block between 1-storey 3-bay ranges with
1-storey projecting porch at right end. In the end block
re-entrants are stone oriel windows on first floor. At far
right end, 2-bay crosswing extension of 5 storeys with attics
and tower.
Basement openings have cambered arches of radiating rusticated
brick voussoirs with stone keyblocks. Flat roofed porch has
C20 small-pane glazed double doors in moulded round arch.
Ground and first floor windows in end and centre blocks form
2-storey canted bays. In the end blocks, ground floor windows
are segment-headed sashes in stilted arches with stiff leaf
imposts, carved keyblocks and inset moulded voussoirs; in the
centre block, they are similar but round-arched; elsewhere
they have round arches with inset plain voussoirs and imposts.
First floor windows are segment-arched, those in end and
centre blocks with moulded segmental hoods on brackets, and
those in centre block with bracketed brick balconies. Ground
and first floor windows have moulded stone sunk panels beneath
them. Second floor windows are squat sashes with sills on
brackets, those in end and centre blocks with bracketed
cornice hoods, otherwise with keyed brick arches. End and
centre block attic windows have keyed cambered brick arches;
elsewhere they have shaped lintels and pedimented gables.
Moulded second floor cornice is dentilled over the end and
centre blocks. Porch, end block bay windows, oriels and
1-storey ranges are capped with parapets pierced with bands of
keyed oculi.
Crosswing fronted by full height twin gabled square bay
crowned by pediments broken by shell mouldings and with paired
windows in ashlar surrounds. Ground floor windows are
tripartite segment and round headed sashes framed in pilasters

with imposts beneath continuous pulvinated frieze and cornice.
Tripartite first floor windows framed in Ionic pilasters
supporting entablatures with dentilled cornices and scrolled
pediments broken by grotesques in foliage. On second and third
floors, paired windows are framed in 2 tiers of Ionic
pilasters carrying entablature with cornice over third floor:
beneath third floor windows are carved swags. Fourth floor
windows are single sashes with affronted strapwork scrolls
beneath them and channelled wedge lintels. Modillioned cornice
beneath attic which has single sashes with moulded lintels.
Unless indicated otherwise, all windows are 4-pane sashes.
Tower is topped by moulded corbel cornice and balustraded
Station Road front: 3 storeys with basement and attic; 10 bays
arranged 3:4:3: the end blocks are quoined and break forward:
right end block has projecting 1-storey porch. Doors in porch
are glazed and panelled. Other details as for main front.
INTERIOR: not fully inspected. Of particular note in the
public areas are the basement bar and staircase both lined
with ceramic tiles. The main staircase is cantilevered and
rises around an open well the full height of the building with
balustrade of cast-iron openwork panels and ornate ceramic
newels at the foot.
SUBSIDIARY FEATURES: area railings on low stone plinth are
diamond latticed panels with conical pendant finials and
turned standards with macehead bases and spiked finials.
(Bartholomew City Guides: Hutchinson J and Palliser DM: York:
Edinburgh: 1980-: 246-7).

Listing NGR: SE5966651780

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