England’s oldest hotel on sale for GBP 1.4 million

Lowther Hotel picture from @LowtherHotel on Twitter

London (TAN): England’s oldest hotel, a historic Grade II listed accommodation, has been put up for sale for GBP 1.4 million. Drake pub, located on the same street, also forms part of the sale, reports said.

Located in Goole, East Yorkshire, the property overlooks the River Ouse. It was constructed in 1824 by Sir Edward Banks, a bridge maker.

The Drake, which now serves as a pub and sports bar, and a lodging with ten rooms, was originally owned by Barclays and served as a bank in the 1880s. It was known as ‘the most prestigious banking hall in all of England’.

The Lowther Hotel became the oldest hotel in England after Exeter’s Royal Clarence Hotel was consumed by a fire in 2016.

Talking about the sale, current owners Howard and Julie Duckworth who had bought the hotel in 2008, said, “After much soul searching, the family have decided that with Howard’s illness and Julie being past retirement age, it has become evident over the last year that The Lowther and The Drake deserve someone else with the passion and drive to take them forward to the next level.”

Howard Duckworth also said that the hotel was originally meant to the home of visiting engineers and architects who worked across the docks, just across the road.

“The hotel has exactly the same footprint as it had when it was built, so if your great-great-grandmother or father came to see it today, they would still recognise it,” he added.

“We are very pleased to be able to market two buildings of such historic significance, however from a business perspective, there is also much to be excited about,” said Mark Worley from Christie & Co, the company by which the property is listed.


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