Site Name: Yorkshire Stingo Tavern & Theatre
County: London (city-county)
Location Type: Town - in town at determined location
Address: , New Road, Marylebone. For a current map, Click Here. For an historical map showing the venue (in addition to the one excerpted at right), Click Here.
Alternate Names: Allen’s Yorkshire Stingo
Performance Space Description: Information about this venue has not yet been compiled; however, some sense of the performance space may be gleaned by following the links at right. In particular:
See the 'Bibliographic Sources' link for a provisional list of venue-relevant resources (both primary and secondary). Wherever possible (i.e. when the pertinent text is relatively short and/or easily condensed) this material has been transcribed, and appears beneath the appropriate bibliographic citation.
See the 'Events at venue' link for a listing of blackface/minstrelsy-related events that took place in this performance space (with attached bibliographic references).
Dictionary of Victorian London Online. 07/27/2008 (http://www.victorianlondon.org/)
(Under Entertainment and Recreation - Drinking and Drugs - Public Houses - Inns of Old London; and Entertainment and Recreation - Gardens & Spas - List of Minor Pleasure Gardens)
Howard, Diana. London Theatres and Music Halls 1850-1950. London: The Library Association, 1970.
Public Record Office (now National Archives), Lord Chamberlain's Collection Police Report, D. Division, Sept. 19, 1844
“The Yorkshire Stingo Tavern and Theatre adjoining is situated in the densely populated districts of Lisson Grove and Paddington, wherein reside a great number of Thieves and Prostitutes – these persons are attracted by the Theatre in the neighbourhood and their presence about the Streets is a great nuisance to the inhabitants, and with regards to the repectability of the Tavern and Theatre the undermentioned extracts from the occurrence Book will show how the place is conducted.-
On the 12 of last June, Police Serjeants 11 and 18 visited the Tavern Bar at 11 ½ p.m and pointed out to Mr. Allen, the Proprietor, seven Prostitutes of the lowest order who were drinking there.
On the 9th of June, Mr. Johnston of Highgate, Landlord of the House N. of Middlesex Place, which is directly opposite the Yorkshire Stingo called at Harcourt [?] Station and said the House No. 1 Middlesex Place had been unoccupied a long time and he could not get a Tenant to take it on account of the number of Prostitutes promenading about the Road at all times.
At 5 minutes before 12 the same night Inspector Browne visitied the Yorkshire Stingo Tavern and found drinking at the Bar, 18 men and 10 Prostitutes, 3 or 4 of whom had been pointed out to Mr. Allen the night before as Prostitutes. […]
Serjeant Grinwood, 11, visited the Pit of the Theatre during Tuesday night’s performance and reports as follows.-
In the Boxes which are capable of holding from 300 to 400 there were only 13 persons. They were respectable and were supposed to have been admitted by orders – The charge thereto is [?] each.
In the pit there were about 190 persons/viz, Omnibus Drivers, low Mechanics, servants holding Page Boys of tender age, also a disorderly class of Boys from 10 to 13 years of age, and 3 Prostitutes. The charge to Pit is 6 each
In the Gallery at the back of the Pit, there were about 200 persons, viz low mechanics, Boatmen, navigators, street sweepers and a great number of the lowest […]
The Theatre appeared to be detrimental to the morals of Youths of the lower orders who get in company of thieves and young prostitutes and boys are no doubt in many instances tempted to steal in order to secure admission. (signed) Sam E Hughes, Superintendent.”
"A Tour Among the Theatres". Metropolitan Magazine, The April, 1847: 415-428.