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Thursday, 13 May 2010

York Hotel, King Street

Site of former York Hotel, King Street. (c) tbc.

Today a blue plaque can be seen here which honours the historical novelist William Harrison Ainsworth [1] who was born on this site on King Street in 1805. The York Hotel was built after the Ainsworth's three-storey Georgian house was demolished. It was in this public house and hotel that the Anti-Corn Law League was formed in 1838 by local mill owners, politicians and protesting members of the public [2]. The Anti-Corn Law League eventually led to the formation of the Free Trade Hall as a meeting place, near St Peter's Square, the site of the Peterloo Massacre of 1819. The imposing NatWest bank building now stands on the site of the York.

York Hotel, King Street.  Advertisement from 1839 [3].

3. Manchester As It Is, Benjamin Love (1839).

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