Borough Arms Hotel - Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, UK.
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Quick Description: The Borough Arms Hotel located on King Street in Newcastle-under-Lyme has a history dating back to 1783.
Location: West Midlands, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 3/22/2019 10:10:02 AM
Waymark Code: WM108P4
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Alfouine
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Long Description:
The Borough Arms Hotel and Restaurant is one of the oldest established hotels in the Newcastle-under-Lyme and Stoke-on-Trent areas, with a history dating back to 1783.

The hotel is the style associated with a traditional English town centre coaching inn, but has been subtly refined retaining many period features. The hotel is independently owned and offers the comfort and modern standards demanded by today's visitors, whether staying in one of the 40 centrally heated, ensuite rooms, visiting for a meal in the restaurant, or using the conference and banqueting facilities. The hotel is also a venue for Civil Ceremonies and wedding receptions.
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"In 1783 it appears that the present day road systems radiating from Nelson Place were established. In the same year the Newcastle Council granted fifteen leases to develop parts of this area.
At this point the story of The Borough Arms Hotel really begins, for it was as a result of purchasing one of the first council leases to be offered that an unlikely partnership began between a Mr James Bulkeley (a professional soldier) of Huntley Hall, Cheadle, Staffordshire, and Mr William Bent (a part-time surgeon) of Newcastle. They erected what is now the old part of The Borough Arms Hotel, fronting Water Street, in order to commence the manufacture of pottery.
There is only one example of the firm's wares known to be in existence, which comprises a rather well potted stoneware jug with sprigged hunting scenes applied around its belly.
From this point on, Bulkeley fades out of the scenario but Bent, quite undeterred by the failure of his first venture, made a very astute move in converting his now defunct potworks into, of all things - a brewery. He utilised the existing plant and converted his pottery oven into a malt kiln. His new partners were James Caldwell, who was a potter in his own right, and James Barrow, a local financier.
This second phase of the Hotel's life was much more successful and culminated in the creation of a brewing empire worth over a quarter of a million pounds during the last quarter of the nineteenth century. At its height, the name of Bent was a household word and the products of the family breweries were known the world over.
Even so, the early days of the foundation of the brewery were not without their catastrophes. On the evening of September 15th 1806, the brewery warehouse appears to have suffered serious damage in a devastating fire. One thousand and eighty bushels of malt were destroyed, or to be more exact, the equivalent of forty-four thousand pints.
However, as we now know, the firm survived and prospered until eventually the Bent family sold out their interests to a firm known as Rogers, Baker and Hindle. Eventually, in 1853, a licence was applied for to turn the premises into an Inn and marked the birth of The Borough Arms Hotel as we now know it. The Inn became very successful, for as well as drawing trade from the Newcastle Railway Station, opposite (no longer in existence), it also benefited from being on the main highway and attracted over 40 carriages a day. Passengers on longer journeys inevitably stayed the night and The Borough Arms flourished as a main focal point of the town."
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Name of the Hotel: The Borough Arms Hotel

26 King Street, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, UK, ST5 1HX.

Number of Rooms: 40

Height in floors: 3

Hotel Rating: 3 Stars

Hotel since: 1/1/1853

Date Building was built: 1/1/1783

First use of building:
Pottery, Brewery, Inn

Urban Hotel (located in a village or town): yes

Mountains Nearby (less than 25 Kms / 15 Mil): no

Beachs Nearby (less than 25 Kms / 15 Mil): no

Hotel website (if available): [Web Link]

Historic Hotel (Historic Building, National Monument or similar): Not Listed

Historic Place nearby (Unesco or National monument/site less than 25 Kms / 15 Mil): Not Listed

Major Pilgrimage Place Nearby (less than 25 Kms / 15 Mil. Consider any religion).: Not Listed

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