Back in the land of the living is the Lygon Arms at Broadway, which is one of the oldest hotels in the UK and which dates back to the 1300s. Previous guests have been Oliver Cromwell when the place was called the White Hart and the hotel was a coaching inn on the road between Wales and London.
It continued to act as a staging post for mail coaches throughout the eighteenth century, offering a change of horses and even providing coach-and-four for guests who needed onward transport.
By the 1900s, the hotel was owned by Sydney Bolton Russell whose son began to restore antique furniture for the hotel in a loft over the Lygon’s coach house.
Gordon Russell would become one of England’s leading designers in the 1930s, creating the iconic Murphy Radio Cabinet and the seating for Coventry Cathedral. As the 1900s progressed the motorcar and charabanc would elevate the hotel into a destination in its own right rather.
King Edward VII came to the hotel in 1905 and in 1913, as did his grandson, the failed king Edward VIII. In the interwar years and beyond The Lygon Arms has been a popular choice for celebrities like Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor and and even Prince Phillip stayed.