Marine Hotel

From Historical Hastings

Marine Hotel
General information
AddressPelham Place
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This 70 room hotel[1] mentioned in Ross' guide as being situated in Pelham Place in 1835[2] and was a conversion of one or two of the houses in Pelham Place; this conversion being carried out by Arthur Deudney either in 1828 or 1829[3], a column in the "Morning Herald" of Saturday 5th December of the later year reading as follows:-... "Deudney's Hotel, near the Pelham Baths, is another house, recently opened; and a very smart well-frequented place it seems to be..."[4]. This implies that the name of Marine Hotel was adopted at some time after the opening.

Following Deudney's demise in 1837, it was taken over by Charles Pope Hutchings; the reputation of the hotel appearing to increase soon after, and became also known as the Royal Marine Hotel, or even "Hutching's Royal Marine Hotel"[5] (after the ex-Empress Eugenie (the wife of the French Empereror, Louis Napoleon) stayed for a period following her exile from France during 1870[6]) during the mid to late 19th century. By 1890, the hotel was taken over by a Mr. Townsend and the facilities remodelled to include what was described in the press as 'a handsome smoking room which had cost a considerable sum to fit up and furnish'[7]

The building, however, was in the way of a new planned development - the Royal Marine Palace of Varieties, and as a result, the contents were sold at auction in 1897[8], and the building demolished the following year[9]


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