The Olde Bell, Hurley

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The Olde Bell
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General information
Type Hotel, pub
Architectural style Elizabethan[1]
Address High Street
Town or city Hurley, Berkshire
Country England
Coordinates 51°32′46″N 0°48′36″E / 51.5461°N 0.8100°E / 51.5461; 0.8100
Renovated 17th, 19th and 20th century
Landlord Emina Estates Ltd
Technical details
Material Timber frame, painted brick infill, old tile gabled roof
Floor count 2
Other information
Number of rooms 48
Website
www.theoldebell.co.uk

The Olde Bell is a hotel and public house in Hurley, Berkshire, England, located on the bank of the River Thames.

History[edit]

The Old Bell was founded in 1135 as the hostelry of Hurley Priory, making it one of the oldest hotels in the world.[2][3][4] The coaching inn expanded in the 12th century to include a tithe barn and dovecote.[5] The hotel contains a secret tunnel leading to the village priory which was used by John Lovelace, who was involved in the Glorious Revolution to overthrow King James II in the 17th century.[2][5] The hotel was also used as a meeting point for Winston Churchill and Dwight D. Eisenhower during World War II.[5] Due to its proximity to Pinewood Studios, the inn has seen a number of movie-star guests, including Mae West, Greta Garbo, Cary Grant, Errol Flynn, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.[2][4]

Description[edit]

The Olde Bell buildings are Grade II* listed.[6] The hotel has interiors designed by Ilse Crawford.[4][7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Scarborough, Eliza (2013-06-06). "Checking in at the The Olde Bell, Berkshire and The Crown in Bucks". Daily Mail. Retrieved 2015-04-22. 
  2. ^ a b c Gerrie, Anthea (2012-03-05). "10 hotel rooms where history was made". CNN. Retrieved 2015-04-22. 
  3. ^ Gould, Kevin (13 June 2009). "The Olde Bell". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 November 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c O'Connor, Joanne (2011-11-11). "The inn crowd". The Financial Times. Retrieved 2015-04-22. 
  5. ^ a b c Fisher, Stuart (24 October 2013). British River Navigations: Inland Cuts, Fens, Dikes, Channels and Non-tidal Rivers. A&C Black. p. 222. ISBN 978-1-4729-0668-7. Retrieved 22 April 2015. 
  6. ^ Historic England. "Ye Olde Bell Hotel  (Grade II*) (1156153)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 9 September 2014. 
  7. ^ Williams, Zoe (2013-08-20). "The Olde Bell, Hurley, restaurant review". Telegraph. Retrieved 2015-04-22. 

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Coordinates: 51°32′46″N 0°48′36″W / 51.546147°N 0.809992°W / 51.546147; -0.809992