Lowther Hotel to be awarded blue plaque

Goole is to get its second blue plaque to celebrate the town becoming home to the county’s oldest hotel.

The Lowther Hotel on Aire Street received the prestigious title after a fire destroyed the previous holder, the Royal Clarence Hotel in Exeter.

The hotel – built in 1824 by Sir Edward Banks – will be officially presented with the plaque by the Goole Civic Society on Saturday 6th May.

Howard Duckworth, joint owner of the Lowther, said: “We were thrilled to have the Lowther confirmed as the country’s oldest hotel, and delighted that the Civic Society is honouring it with a blue plaque.”

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

The hotel’s creator is renowned for building bridges over the River thames in London. Edward Banks built Waterloo, Southwark and London Bridge, as well as adding new channels to the River Ouse.

He build the Lowther Hotel in 1824, which originally housed architects and engineers who at the time were creating Goole’s docks and canal network.

The new plaque will be officially unveiled by Goole’s mayor Cllr Terence Smith at 2pm on the day.

Margaret Hicks-Clarke, chair of the Goole Civic Society, said: “We thought it fitting that the country’s youngest mayor should unveil a blue plaque at England’s oldest hotel. This is our second blue plaque. The first unveiled in Manuel Street a year ago to commemorate Percy Jeeves, the cricketer who name inspired the famous P.G. Wodehouse character. We hope to unveil more in the future, to recognise the special people and places that contribute to Goole’s unique heritage.”

Howard and his wife Julie Duckworth previously described the announcement of the oldest hotel as “fantastic for the town. Who would ever have thought that a small town in the East Riding of Yorkshire could be home to the oldest hotel in England?’ they said.

VisitEngland visited the hotel before Christmas to confirm the news. The national tourism body said in a statement: “The Lowther Hotel has the honour of being the oldest hotel in England, having been built in 1824 during the Georgian period. It is one of three buildings in the Goole Conservation Area that has been restored by the hotel’s owners, and has been awarded the ‘Best Rescue of a Heritage Site’ in the Historic England Angel Awards 2016.

Goole’s second blue plaque will be unveiled at the Lowther Hotel, Aire Street at 2pm on Saturday, May 6th.