York Road SP2

York Road is probably named after its pub, the Duke of York.

According to ‘The Dictionary of Pub Names’

There have been many Dukes of York since the title was created by Edmund in 1385. The claim to the throne of Richard, Duke of York (d. 1460) led to the Wars of the Roses. The well-known song about the Grand Old Duke of york references to Frederick Augustus (1763-1827). He was the second son of George III and commanded the English army in Flanders 1794-95. The song misrepresents the facts since the duke was only thirty one, had 30,000 men, and there were no hills in the area where he was fighting 1.

Footnotes and references

  1. Dictionary of Pub Names, Wordsworth Editions, 2006. Link: Dictionary of Pub Names - Google Books [return]