Eastgate Hotel

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Mercure Eastgate Hotel
General information
Location 73 High Street
Oxford, England
OX1 4BE
Owner Mercure
Design and construction
Architect E.P. Warren
Other information
Number of rooms 64
Website
mercure.com

The Mercure Eastgate Hotel (aka The Eastgate locally)[1] is a hotel located in the historic university city of Oxford, England. It is located on the south side of Oxford's High Street near to the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art and the Examination Schools of Oxford University.

History[edit]

The hotel is a converted 17th-century coaching inn located at the corner of Merton Street on the site of the town wall's former east gate. The building was converted by Edward Prioleau Warren in 1899–1900 and the stuccoed style of the building echoes other 18th century buildings in Oxford.

Local Legend[edit]

Andrews[2] links reports of the sound of men in armour and sightings of English Civil War era Royalist soldiers passing through walls to the hotel's location on the site of the old east gate and speculates about a surprise attack by Parliamentarian forces.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mercure Eastgate Hotel". University of Oxford, UK. Retrieved April 26, 2011. 
  2. ^ Andrews, Ross (2010). "Ghost of Oxford City Centre - Indoor Venues". Paranormal Oxford. Chalford, Gloucestershire: Amberley. p. 36. ISBN 978-1-4456-0002-4.