THE Hotel Agincourt opened in Sydney in 1897 replacing an earlier hotel by the name of the Turon on the same site.
The hotel was named in honour of the ‘Battle of Agincourt’, an English victory in the Hundred Years’ War. It took place on 25 October 1415 (Saint Crispin’s Day) near Azincourt, in northern France.
The pub, at the corner of George and Harris Streets at Broadway was particularly associated, at the turn of the century, with William Walsh (publican of the hotel for over eight years), a prominent Irish nationalist and hotelier for over 27 years.
Permission was granted by the NSW Licensing Court to change the name from the Turon to Agincourt in March 1897.
The building is one of only two remaining Sydney hotels in a similar style; the other is the nearby Crystal Palace, while a third hotel, the Paragon (at Circular Quay), has been redeveloped and only the facade has been retained.
The imposing Agincourt continues to trade today at the busy intersection of Harris and George Streets on Broadway.
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