The ho­tel that van­ished

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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.

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