Francis Hotel - Bath, Somerset
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member SMacB
N 51° 22.983 W 002° 21.803
30U E 544301 N 5692615
Quick Description: Soloman Francis opened a hotel at No.10 in 1858, and had expanded into Nos.6-9 and 11 by 1884, when seven of the adjacent houses were opened with much celebration as Francis Private Hotel, Bath.
Location: South West England, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 9/13/2017 3:26:29 PM
Waymark Code: WMWJTM
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Alfouine
Views: 1

Long Description:
"The Francis Hotel occupies seven of the nine town houses built between 1728 and 1736, on the south side of Queen Square.

In the Georgian period, John Wood set out to restore Bath to what he believed was its former ancient glory as one of the most important and significant cities in England. In 1725 he developed an ambitious plan for his home town, which due to opposition he developed outside the existing city walls. Wood created a distinctive image for the city, one that has greatly contributed to Bath’s continuing popularity.

Queen Square is a key component of his vision, and was intended to appear like a palace with wings and a forecourt to be viewed from the south side. Named in honour of Queen Caroline, wife of George II, located away from the crowded streets of medieval Bath, but only a short walk to the Abbey, Pump Room, Assembly Rooms and baths, although outside the city walls Queen Square quickly became a popular residence for Bath's Georgian society.

Wood himself chose to live at No.9, on the south side with the best view of the structure imaginable, until he died. No.9 is now the entrance to the Francis Hotel.

The nine townhouses that make up the south side of Queen Square remained as individual dwellings until the late the nineteenth century.

In 1858, local builder Soloman Francis established a boarding house at No. 10 Queen Square. During the 1870s, his widow, Emily, started to buy up the adjacent properties and, by 1884 had expanded the business into Nos 6-9 and 11. In May 1884, the seven Georgian town houses were opened as the Francis Private Hotel.

In April 1942 during World War II, 24 metres (79 ft) of the hotel frontage was lost when a 500 kilograms (1,100 lb) Nazi Luftwaffe high explosive bomb landed on the east side of the square during the Bath Blitz. Casualties were low considering the devastation, with the majority of the guests and staff having taken shelter in the hotel basement.

J. Hopwood rebuilt the hotel in 1952-53, while The Beatles stayed in the hotel in 1963.

Between 2010 and 2012 the Francis Hotel was refurbished by Accor Hotels. The corridors were split into different areas by cross-corridor doors, with these subdivisions roughly marking the boundaries of the different houses. The new interior decoration marks these diversions through the use of different wallpaper in heritage colours and patterns. Blue plaques explain who was in residence at specific dates.

The Francis Hotel, which features chef Raymond Blanc’s Brasserie Blanc, presently has 98 bedrooms of three different types: Classic, Superior and Feature. The Francis is part of Accor Group's MGallery, launched in September 2008, with 50 hotels over five continents."

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Name of the Hotel: Francis Hotel

Francis Hotel Bath Queen Square Bath BA1 2HH United Kingdom

Number of Rooms: 98

Height in floors: 4

Hotel Rating: 4 Stars

Hotel since: 1/1/1858

Date Building was built: 1/1/1728

First use of building:
Family Residences

Historic Hotel (Historic Building, National Monument or similar): yes

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

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

Historic Place nearby (Unesco or National monument/site less than 25 Kms / 15 Mil): yes

Major Pilgrimage Place Nearby (less than 25 Kms / 15 Mil. Consider any religion).: yes

Hotel website (if available): [Web Link]

Beachs Nearby (less than 25 Kms / 15 Mil): Not Listed

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