Historic York hotel closed for refurb

Photograph: YorkMix

This pile-up of chairs and tables is outside the Judge’s Lodging which is now closed for a refurb.

The Lendal hotel is shut until 14 February for work on its cellar bar, restaurant and bedrooms.

Grade I listed, the hotel has plenty of history. It was built between 1710 and 1727 for a York doctor on a former churchyard, and “several cartloads” of human bones were dug up when the foundations were laid.

From 1806, judges visiting to sit in the Assize Courts stayed here.

It last had a major makeover in 2014, when owners Thwaites invested £1.7 million in a six-month upgrade.