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King's Staith, from Queen's Staith.
King's Staith, from Queen's Staith.

King's Staith is a street in the city centre of York, in England.


The street was constructed in 1366 as the main quay for the city, replacing various small timber wharves. Its name has been connected to royals visiting the city in the 14th-century, but the name was not recorded until the 17th-century.[1][2]

Pudding Holes, a public washing site, lay at the southern end of the street, just north of the walls of the York Franciscan Friary. In the 17th-century, the street was extended beyond its walls. Nikolaus Pevsner claims that the friary's remaining waterside wall lies on the street, although the City of York Council argue that the friary has no visible remains. In 1774, the street was raised, and in 1821, new steps were constructed at its northern end, leading up to the new Ouse Bridge, replacing older steps known as "Salthole Grese" or the "Grecian Steps".[1][2][3]

The street remained the city's main quay until the 20th-century,[1] and it is currently used by pleasure boats.[4] Its contains some outside dining areas, and most of the buildings are occupied by pubs and restaurants. The street frequently floods, and the floodwater levels are marked inside the King's Arms pub.[5][6]

Layout and architecture

Floods on the southern part of King's Staith
Floods on the southern part of King's Staith

The street runs south-east, from Ouse Bridge, to Davy Tower on the York City Walls, beyond which its route continues as the New Walk path through Tower Gardens. King Street, Cumberland Street and Lower Friargate lead off its north-eastern side, and steps connect it to Peckitt Street.[2]

All the buildings on the street lie on the north-eastern side. Notable structures include the King's Arms pub, with 17th-century origins; the 19th-century 7 King's Staith; and Cumberland House, a Grade I listed building constructed in about 1710.[2][3]


  1. ^ a b c "Character area 12: King's Staith". City of York Council. Retrieved 9 September 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in City of York, Volume 5, Central. London: HMSO. 1981. Retrieved 7 August 2020.
  3. ^ a b Pevsner, Nikolaus (1995). Yorkshire: York and the East Riding. Yale University Press. pp. 221–222. ISBN 0300095937.
  4. ^ Mead, Rowland (2000). Walking England's Cathedral Cities. Passport Books. p. 155. ISBN 0658003666.
  5. ^ "Famous York pub shuts suddenly". York Mix. 8 April 2019. Retrieved 9 September 2020.
  6. ^ Laycock, Mike (30 June 2020). "Flooding less severe than feared by agency as river peaks". The Press. Retrieved 9 September 2020.

External links

Media related to King's Staith at Wikimedia Commons

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