The Ebor was previously known as The Brown Cow,earliest mention I can find is from the Yorkshire Gazette 14th May 1825 when there was an auction at the house of Mr Joseph Wade,the sign of the Brown Cow,Bishopthorpe.
In the Yorkshire Gazette 18th Aug 1838 a man drowned in the river,"the body was removed from the water and taken to the house of Mr John Oates,the Brown Cow Bishopthorpe to await coroners inquest".
In the Yorkshire Gazette 30th June 1849 states," The members of the Mount Ararat lodge of the Ebor Independant Order of the Ark held their 18th anniversary on Tuesday last at Mr Crosbys Brown Cow Inn Bishopthorpe".
In the Yorkshire Herald 1st Sept 1849 states,"after complaints made to the bench respecting the manner in which two houses at Bishopthorpe,namely the Brown Cow and Black Swan,were conducted especially on Sundays,their licenses were withheld".
By 1880 it appears to have changed names to the Ebor Hotel,in the Yorkshire Herald 11th Aug 1880 mentions Bishopthorpe flower show with luncheon provided by Mr Staines of the Ebor Hotel.
In the Yorkshire Herald 7th Jan 1881 the pub is "to let with immediate possession,the Ebor Hotel,Bishopthorpe,apply Hotham and co the brewery York".(William Hotham ran the Walmgate brewery in York and owned loads of pubs,he died in 1891 leaving ?270,293 14s and 6d!.
In the York Herald 15th April 1882 one William Wetherill,railway porter was charged with being in the licensed premises of the Ebor Hotel,Bishopthorpe during prohibited hours on Sunday 19th March found by a PC Johnson in the front room.
Hope its of interest,BB.
Trade directory for 1823 lists James Wade,butcher,farmer,constable,overseer and victualler brown Cow.