The hotel that vanished
THE photograph for this week’s Serendipity is by far my favourite picture ever.
Look carefully and see the Swans Hotel.
A great family-owned vast estate, consisting of a hotel, stables, cottages and the like. Mr Swan, the owner, had a haberdashery shop in Wharf Street, in addition to this sprawling collection of buildings. They went all but bankrupt, and offered the entire place on auction. There is no following record after the sale. But the hotel vanished.
The only house I found there in 2000 was that lovely red brick house, similar to the one in Halstead Lane.
You can see all the known and extant landmarks, the church, the back of the Grand Hotel and so on. It was also here that I found the stone reservoir and lieu-water channels.