UK: ROYAL CLARENCE on FIRE

ROYAL CLARENCE HOTEL, EXETER

  • On 28 October 2016, the Royal Clarence in the historic city of Exeter, UK, burnt down.
  • Royal Clarence Hotel has stood on the same spot for 300 years and is reported to be the oldest hotel in England.
  • The hotel was named after the Duchess of Clarence (Queen Adelaide), wife of the future William IV, who stayed there in 1827.
  • The Duke of Kent and future father of Queen Victoria died in Sidmouth, and his body was transported to the hotel, en route to his funeral in Windsor.
  • The hotel would stand strong during the 20th century, and opened a cocktail bar in 1916 to help cheer up the city’s high society during the First World War. Choice of Hollywood stars like Clark Gable, Gary Cooper were there during that time.
  • The heart of the Medieval city.
  • Ground and first floors of the hotel are medieval, upper floors added in the late 1700s when the building was renamed a hotel.
  • Escaped the Blitz of 1942 when so much of Exeter was destroyed.
  • In 2000, Exeter-born celebrity chef Michael Caines purchased the Royal Clarence. Caines, who launched his first Michael Caines Restaurant at the hotel before ending his association earlier this year, wrote on Twitter: “Gutted to see the #royalclarence on fire. Real loss to Exeter.“
  • David Cornforth, historian, and writer of the Exeter memories website, said the fire at this historic hotel was: “a disaster for the city’, adding: “It is very sad to see this famous and historic hotel in this state.”

 

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