New hotel plan for Judges’ Court, off Coney Street, York

York Press: Judges’ Court, as viewed from the  passageway leading from Coney Street Judges’ Court, as viewed from the passageway leading from Coney Street

AN HISTORIC building close to York’s busiest shopping street could be turned into a 15-bedroom hotel.

Plans have been submitted to City of York Council to convert Judges’ Court, off Coney Street, into a hotel business in what would be the latest in a string of roles for the Grade II-listed site since it was built in the early 18th century.

The building, which was once sleeping accommodation for judges, became available after law firm Sykes Lee & Brydson, which was recently based there, merged with Ware & Kay to form a larger legal practice at the latter firm’s Peasholme Green premises earlier this year.

The building has a long legal history dating back to 1843, when it was bought by the attorney JC Newstead.

It gained its name through being used as overnight accommodation for visiting judges presiding over the Courts of Assizes at York Castle, although it was originally designed as townhouse.

Its links with the judiciary ended in 1806 when their accommodation moved to the Judges’ Lodgings in Lendal, and it later became Crow’s Coffee House and the Yorkshire Mechanical Museum.

In a statement sent to the council, York-based planning agents David Chapman Associates, said: “These proposals will regenerate Judges Court and maintain the building for generations to come.

“They will bring the use of this building into one which promotes tourism and contribute to the general economy of York city-centre.

“As no vehicle can be introduced on to the site, the proposals clearly promote a car-free environment and encourage public transport.”

The firm said the applicants planned to install a gate at the Coney Street end of a passage leading to Judges’ Court, with a sign pointing towards the hotel.

It would include a reception area but no restaurant or bar, with refurbishment work being carried out on parts of the three-floor building and the agents saying “minimal changes” would be made.

“The proposal is a usage we feel is ideal for this building and its location, centrally-located as it is, it provides accommodation for businesses and tourists alike which is in easy reach of public transport and other facilities,” said the statement.

A decision on the hotel plans could be made next month.

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9:39am Wed 11 Dec 13

JaseH says...

Oh Good,we're a bit short of hotels in York!
Oh Good,we're a bit short of hotels in York! JaseH

10:04am Wed 11 Dec 13

hustler says...

Did my work experience at Sykes, Lee & Bridson many years ago. It is a beautiful building both inside and out.
Did my work experience at Sykes, Lee & Bridson many years ago. It is a beautiful building both inside and out. hustler

10:57am Wed 11 Dec 13

Mullarkian says...

Fantastic!
Another hotel plus it would only be suitable for cyclists or pedestrians.
Just what York needs.
Fantastic! Another hotel plus it would only be suitable for cyclists or pedestrians. Just what York needs. Mullarkian

11:24am Wed 11 Dec 13

yorkandproud says...

Where are the guests going to leave their cars ? Half mile hike with suitcases to get to reception. Yanks will love that. Ha ha ha.
Where are the guests going to leave their cars ? Half mile hike with suitcases to get to reception. Yanks will love that. Ha ha ha. yorkandproud

11:27am Wed 11 Dec 13

Platform9 says...

Mullarkian wrote:
Fantastic! Another hotel plus it would only be suitable for cyclists or pedestrians. Just what York needs.
So its going to be called Merrett Court Hotel then?
[quote][p][bold]Mullarkian[/bold] wrote: Fantastic! Another hotel plus it would only be suitable for cyclists or pedestrians. Just what York needs.[/p][/quote]So its going to be called Merrett Court Hotel then? Platform9

12:26pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Wagwot says...

More hotel rooms = more premium tourism = more custom for the city centre = EXACTLY what city centre businesses need.

Guests will factor car parking restrictions and its location into their decision to stay or not. While I'm sure the developers appreciate your opinions on here - I reckon they may have taken this into account already...
More hotel rooms = more premium tourism = more custom for the city centre = EXACTLY what city centre businesses need. Guests will factor car parking restrictions and its location into their decision to stay or not. While I'm sure the developers appreciate your opinions on here - I reckon they may have taken this into account already... Wagwot

2:12pm Wed 11 Dec 13

mike.......durkin says...

there need head phones on the night at week ends if there wont to sleep..
but a verry good night life tho.....
there need head phones on the night at week ends if there wont to sleep.. but a verry good night life tho..... mike.......durkin

2:17pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Dave Ruddock says...

its Great to haved the cities building brought back in to use, but has pointd out above, its hiddn away, and if gates erected people (tourists) whould believe it to be security to private property, not a hotel. As for a locarion, well onlt yeasterday had to advice an american couple lookin for the Railway Museaum from the main post sorting office, to a little Hotel hidden with gates in a bust sghopping streel m, urmmm No Chance.
its Great to haved the cities building brought back in to use, but has pointd out above, its hiddn away, and if gates erected people (tourists) whould believe it to be security to private property, not a hotel. As for a locarion, well onlt yeasterday had to advice an american couple lookin for the Railway Museaum from the main post sorting office, to a little Hotel hidden with gates in a bust sghopping streel m, urmmm No Chance. Dave Ruddock

5:51pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Priapus says...

mike.......durkin wrote:
there need head phones on the night at week ends if there wont to sleep.. but a verry good night life tho.....
Try writing that comment again - perhaps in English this time.
[quote][p][bold]mike.......durkin[/bold] wrote: there need head phones on the night at week ends if there wont to sleep.. but a verry good night life tho.....[/p][/quote]Try writing that comment again - perhaps in English this time. Priapus

12:31am Thu 12 Dec 13

jumbojet says...

Dave Ruddock wrote:
its Great to haved the cities building brought back in to use, but has pointd out above, its hiddn away, and if gates erected people (tourists) whould believe it to be security to private property, not a hotel. As for a locarion, well onlt yeasterday had to advice an american couple lookin for the Railway Museaum from the main post sorting office, to a little Hotel hidden with gates in a bust sghopping streel m, urmmm No Chance.
Can someone translate this paragraph of total garbage, maybe an 11+ style of English exam before being allowed to start clattering the key board would suffice.
[quote][p][bold]Dave Ruddock[/bold] wrote: its Great to haved the cities building brought back in to use, but has pointd out above, its hiddn away, and if gates erected people (tourists) whould believe it to be security to private property, not a hotel. As for a locarion, well onlt yeasterday had to advice an american couple lookin for the Railway Museaum from the main post sorting office, to a little Hotel hidden with gates in a bust sghopping streel m, urmmm No Chance.[/p][/quote]Can someone translate this paragraph of total garbage, maybe an 11+ style of English exam before being allowed to start clattering the key board would suffice. jumbojet

1:40am Thu 12 Dec 13

Magicman! says...

No car parking, no car access, nearest car park is at the Tower.... because visitors to York will really love walking all that way with heavy suitcases....
No car parking, no car access, nearest car park is at the Tower.... because visitors to York will really love walking all that way with heavy suitcases.... Magicman!

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