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Old George Hotel, Lower Briggate


Old George Hotel, Lower Briggate
Description:
Undated, Image shows the old George Hotel on Lower Briggate. First owned by the Knights Templar in the 13th century, the building displays Templar crosses on its front. Opened as the hotel 'Ye Bush' in the 17th century it became 'The George' in 1714 and 'The Old George' in 1815 when 'The George and Dragon' opened nearby. Sometimes called Simpson Hotel, Charlotte Bronte once stayed here and described the interior in her novel Jane Eyre. The hotel closed on 30th April 1919 after the license lapsed and the building was demolished soon after. On the left a sign advertises the Bridge Garage for reliable repairs while on the right a ginnel leads to George Yard and the premises of W. Simpson Registered Plumber Sanitary and Hot Water Engineer.

User Comments:

Name:
Graham A. Schofield

Comment:
I wonder if there was, or had been, any relationship between the name SIMPSON's, displayed above the hotel, and that of Mr. W. Simpson, Registered Plumber, Sanitary and Hot Water Engineer who was to be found down the ginnel in George Yard. Was there a family connection?

Date:
27-Apr-2013

Email:
GrahamScho@AOL.com

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Name:
Edward Emmerson

Comment:
I used to work for W T Simpson Plumbers Lower Briggate,but it was in Queens Court near the Railway Bridge.1957-1963.

Date:
27-Apr-2013

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Name:
Graham A. Schofield

Comment:
This picture must be of a date well after 1891, as it shows the much widened railway-viaduct, with the hotel almost butting up to it. Have a look at picture number, 2004216_6722658. If you bring up The Tracks in Time Maps, and compare the 1890 with the 1910, you will see how the viaduct had expanded to just about twice its original width. Such a development no doubt rang the death-nell for this establishment. I would imagine that very few people would want to repeat the experience of trying to get a good night's sleep,while having to put up with a seemingly never ending cacophony of rumbling and clanking rolling stock, along with the hissing of steam engines as they whistled their way into and out of the nearby station. The hotel did finally close on the 30th of April 1919.

Date:
26-Jan-2018

Email:
GrahamScho@AOL.com

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