Centre of Britain Hotel & Restaurant
Listed Building Grade II*
- Formerly the Red Lion Hotel. The Centre of Britain Hotel is three storeys and three bays to the front, the east end of which is a converted pele tower of parallelogram shape, with a forward-projecting parapet. The walls are upwards of 1m thick. The main entrance to the hotel is at the right hand bay of the 18th century wing, beneath a high porch.
- Street Address
- Market Square
CAFE, COACHING INN, EXCISE OFFICE, HOTEL, MANOR HOUSE, PELE TOWER, POST OFFICE, PUBLIC HOUSE, TEMPERANCE HOTEL, TOWER HOUSE
- Historical Background
- Documents dating from 1415 mention a tower in the locality, but the Centre of Britain's character makes it more likely that the tower now incorporated into the hotel dates from the early 17th century, making it contemporary with a number of local bastles.
The earliest reference to the extended building as the Red Lion Hotel is in 1828 - soon after this it briefly became a Temperance Hotel.
- see http://www.centre-of-britain.org.uk/ [last accessed 8/12/2003]
Images of England
Keys To The Past
- Northumberland SMR
- Pevsner, N., Richmond, I., Grundy, J., McCombie, G., Ryder, P. and Welfare, H. (2001) The Buildings of England: Northumberland. London, Penguin Books, p.300
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