History of the York Priory

The house was built in 1876 (look at the drainpipe at the front of the building) as a wedding present and was originally called The Manor House. It had a study, dining room, nursery, staff quarters & butler’s pantry. It stretched from the lounge walls to the dining room wall.

The family lived here for a while but after they had 5 children it became too small and they moved on to a house further up Fulford Road.

My Grandma, Lily Jackson, established the Priory Hotel in 1930. It was the only one between York and Selby, and had 12 bedrooms. Our family is still only the second family to own the property.

She had recently become a widow and needed some sort of income to support herself and her 2 small children. She had formally been trained as a cook in the Army, and based at Edinburgh Castle, so she chose to establish the Priory and welcomed many of the officers from York Garrison during the war, and was affectionately called the “second Officers’ Mess”. My Grandfather’s picture (also a military man) is hanging in the lounge. The York Garrison is still operational, and comprises two Stations – Fulford Imphal Barracks and Strensall Station.

In 1955 my mum and dad took over the running of the hotel and made it as it is today: In 1975 we bought the rectory next door to the hotel and extended it, making 16 en-suite bedrooms. Then in 1985 we opened the Old Ruin Bar (originally called Pam’s Bar – my sister Pam was born in there!), and in 2016 the connecting Orangery was opened.

In The Images

  1. Grandmother - Lily Jackson who established the boarding house 1930s
  2. Dad - George Jackson


Situated in a residential area called Fishergate, the York Priory guest house is only a 10-minute walk to the city centre. Free parking is available on site.

Famous for the twin Gothic arches in the secluded gardens, the Priory offers comfortable accommodation with en suite bathrooms.

There is also a licenced bar on the premises and a full English breakfast along with a variety of cereals, fruit and yoghurt is served in the dining room.

Attractions in York include Cliffords Tower, the National Rail Museum and York Minster.

0.9 miles – Only 18-minutes walk away

The Twin Gothic Arches

When the house was built in 1876 it just so happened that the York Theatre Royal was undergoing a face-lift. It was a Victorian fashion to have a folly in your garden, they were the Gazebo’s of the day. The original owners bought the stonework from the Theatre Royal and the arches to the side of the gardens are those.

The twin arches were brought here about 1905, origin unknown, and they were stood separately. Due to the new car-park entrance in the 1960’s they had to be taken down and re-erected tighter, where they stand today.

After the stonework was introduced in 1905 the name of the house was changed to Priory House, hence the hotel’s chosen name when my Grandma established it.

In These Images

  1. Lily Jackson stood with 1 arch, as they were originally erected separately when they were originally acquired in 1905.
  2. The arches after they had been re-positioned together, taken in the late 1960s
  3. A view of the stonework from the Theatre Royal, and rear of the property.