SD3140 : Norbreck Castle Hotel and Tramstop

taken 9 years ago, near to Bispham, Blackpool, Great Britain

Norbreck Castle Hotel and Tramstop
Norbreck Castle Hotel and Tramstop
Norbreck Castle Hotel on Queens Promenade has 480 bedrooms and 22 conference suites.

It was built as a large private country house in 1869, and purchased around the end of the 19th century by J.H. Shorrocks who used the house to entertain friends and colleagues at lavish weekend parties. The popularity of these parties led to Shorrocks running them on a commercial basis by taking paying guests.

In 1912, Shorrocks formed a public company and expanded the building, now named the Norbreck Hydro, in several phases, adding a ballroom, swimming pool and solarium in the early 1930s.

During World War II the hotel was commandeered by the British government as offices and accommodation for evacuated civil servants and remained under government control for eleven years until being handed back in 1951.

In 1988, the hotel was the venue for the conference where the Liberal Party and Social Democratic Party merged to form the Liberal Democrats.

It is currently owned by Britannia Hotels.
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Date Taken
Monday, 8 April, 2013   (more nearby)
Monday, 6 May, 2013
Geographical Context
Business, Retail, Services  Railways 
Former (from Tags)
Country House  Government Building 
Date (from Tags)
1869  1912  1951  1988 
Person (from Tags)
J H Shorrocks 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 3107 4067 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:51.4595N 3:2.9682W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 3101 4063
View Direction
Northeast (about 45 degrees)
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Hotel  Conference Venue  Hotel and Conference Centre  Britannia Hotel  Tram Stop 

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