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Scarborough: Alexandra Hotel c.1870

Scarborough: Alexandra Hotel c.1870
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Alexandra Hotel, Scarborough, c.1870.Len Friskney writes [2005]:
This hotel was opened on Queen's Parade, Scarborough, 18th July 1864, as the Alexandra Hotel. In August 1864 the 'Scarborough Gazette' listed over 200 guests staying at the Hotel. The Hotel was re-named the Clarence Gardens Hotel at the time when the First World War poet, Wilfred Owen, was put in charge of the domestic arrangements in the building. Owen came to Scarborough with the 5th (Reserve) Battalion of the 'Manchesters'. This battalion had been posted to Burniston Barracks early in 1917 and was responsible for the coastal defences and the training of recruits. Around 70 officers, many of them convalescent, were billetted in the Clarence Gardens Hotel.Owen wrote: I have to control the household, which consists of some dozen Batmen, 4 Mess Orderlies, 4 Buglers, the Cook, (a fat woman of great skill,) two female kitcheners, and various charwomen!
They need driving. You should see me scooting the buglars around the dining room on their hands and knees with dustpan and brush! You should hear me rate the Charwoman for Lavatory basins unclean...I get up at 6.30 to see that breakfast is ready in time.
The Hotel is now known as the Clifton Hotel.

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