Thursday, 26 March 2009

Angel Croft Hotel

This is Lichfield's Angel Croft Hotel, at one time, the city's very own Fawlty Towers if the reviews are anything to go by, though it's now closed. In the late 18th century, George Addams, a wine merchant, had a house built at 3 Beacon Street - it was turned into the Angel Croft Hotel around 1930.

Last we heard, it had been bought by the Best Western chain, which owns Lichfield's George Hotel, an historic coaching inn where the playwright George Farquhar was supposed to have stayed. The Angel Croft is listed, and the front railings and gates (circa. 1750, see below) are regarded as 'at risk' by English Heritage. A schedule of works has been agreed, but so far, nothing has been done to repair them. Take a good look because, unless the current owner pays them some attention soon, these elegant gates won't be here for very much longer!

Photographs © Memoirs of the Celebrated Mrs Woffington.

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