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Go-ahead for conversion of historic Blanchland pub
12:24pm Friday 27th September 2013 in News
WORK to renovate a pub dating back to the 12th Century has been given the go-ahead.
Planning permission has been granted for a conversion of The Lord Crewe Arms, in Blanchland following detailed investigation by heritage consultants and archaeologists.
The inn is being turned into a country hotel with 21 bedrooms, restaurant, pub and private event facilities. The Grade II-listed building, formerly used as an abbey in the 12th Century, was under investigation for 18 months to confirm whether the old property could support the new facilities.
Gloucester-based Calcot Hotels Ltd is working with the Lord Crewe’s charity to redevelop the hotel. Managing Director of Calcot, Richard Ball said "This has been a long time coming but, such is the heritage of this wonderful old building.
"We had to look very carefully at all the concerns which could arise as a result of installing up to date facilities into an ancient property."
During the investigation, a quantity of stained rare hand-painted glass was uncovered which could date as far back as the 1180s. Mr Ball confirmed, "Discoveries like this only cement our desire to tread very carefully at every stage of the restoration work. Previous work in the last century has not necessarily been so sympathetic."
The hotel is planned to open early next year.
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