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lygoncotswolds hotel sitting in the sunshine on the High Street in broadwayuk
The first written record refers to it as The White Hart, in 1377. The hart, a mature stag, was a personal symbol of King Richard II (1367 – 1400). The hotel’s name has changed several times, reflecting the political changes of each era, showing how much history would shape the hotel. The coaching inn would come into its own when it would serve as a touch-stone for both sides of the English Civil War in 1649. The English Civil War pit Queen Elizabeth’s cousin Charles I against the forces of the English Parliament, and some of that played out within the very walls of The Lygon Arms itself.
The suite now known as the impressive King Charles I Suite was where King Charles I and his supporters would assemble. The King’s coat of arms stands regally over one of its fireplaces today.
In 1651 it was known as the White Hart Inn. The bedroom now known as The Cromwell Room was where Oliver Cromwell slept the night before the Battle of Worcester.
The Cotswold coaching inn continued to act as a staging post for mail coaches between London and Wales throughout the eighteenth century, offering a change of horses and even providing coach-and-four for guests who needed onward transport. It remained an important stop-off on the trading routes.
By the 1900’s, the hotel was owned by Sydney Bolton Russell whose son began to restore antique furniture for the hotel in a loft over the Lygon’s coach house. Gordon Russell would become one of England’s leading designers in the 1930’s.
Thanks to the hotels website for my history lesson today. 👍
One more little factbit of gossip 😂😜🤪Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor stayed here in 1963 at the height of the scandal surrounding their affair. Who knew? You do now