The York Tavern opened in 1852 at 1 York Buildings although the building itself, was built in around 1810. This building was demolished some time before The York Tavern was rebuilt in 1879 with a distinctive conical roof, leaving a public open-space for a period, which aroused some comments against the re-construction. By the 1890s it had been renamed the York Hotel. An off licence was situated around the side of the building in York Gardens.
During Ww2 the York was popular with the armed forces and local police were often called to disturbances between English and American soldiers. One such case involved a G.I getting into an argument with two British soldiers and drawing his pistol from his tunic, firing two shots into the ceiling. The G.I was sentenced to 12 months. In 1964 the York Tavern closed and it's top two floors were demolished as well as the bay windows. It became the Hastings Information Centre before the building was demolished completely and rebuilt in 1979 as Clarkes shoe shop.
References & Notes
- British Newspaper Archive Hastings & St. Leonards Observer 3 May 1879 Pg. 0003