Royal York Crescent

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Royal York Crescent from the west end. Eugénie de Montijo attended school in the house on the left.

Royal York Crescent is a major residential street in Clifton, Bristol. It overlooks much of the docks, and much of the city can be seen from it. It also joins Clifton Village at one end. It is one of the most expensive streets in the city.

Nos. 1–46 form a crescent which is a Grade II* listed building.[1] Their construction started in 1791 but was not completed until 1820.[2] Nos. 47–50, attached to the eastern end of the main crescent, are Grade II listed.[3] The raised pavement built over vaulted cellars in front of the entire terrace, which is c. 390 metres (1,280 ft) long, is separately listed as Grade II*.[4] Royal York Crescent is reputed to be the longest crescent in Europe.[2]

Nos. 1–3 were used until 1855 as a boarding school for girls, run by Mrs Rogers and her four daughters. In 1837 the school was attended by Eugénie de Montijo, the future Empress of France, and her sister Paca, the future Duchess of Alba.[5]

The crescent is part of the Clifton conservation area.


  1. ^ Historic England. "Numbers 1 to 12, 12A and 14 to 46 and attached front basement area, terrace railings and gates (1219600)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 9 November 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Detailed Record: 1–12, 12A and 14–46 Royal York Crescent". Images of England. English Heritage. 2007. Retrieved 27 January 2009.
  3. ^ Historic England. "Numbers 47 to 50 and attached basement pavement railings (1219600)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 9 November 2016.
  4. ^ Historic England. "Raised pavement, railings and vaults fronting numbers 1 to 52 for approximately 390 metres (1202516)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 9 November 2016.
  5. ^ Jones, Donald (1992). A History of Clifton. Chichester: Phillimore. p. 138. ISBN 0-85033-820-4.

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Coordinates: 51°27′15″N 2°37′15″W / 51.45403°N 2.62071°W / 51.45403; -2.62071