The Midland Hotel - Morecambe
Visible construction of the New Midland Hotel and consequent demolition of the Original Midland Hotel believed to be circa 1931 and reproduced courtesy of Mandy Sharpe and the Morecambe & Heysham Past and Present Fb page
Aeriel views of the Midland taken in 1933 prior to opening - image courtesy of www.britainfromabove.org.uk
How can you resist such an invitation? Looks like LMS used a franchise called 'Midland Hotels' from St. Pancras, London in the south to the Midland in Morecambe in the north!
From the Burnley Express & Advertiser dated 25th May 1933
One month later the Burnley Express & Advertiser dated 24th June is still announcing the opening of the new Midland Hotel
Travellers would receive luggage labels to attach to their belongings issued by Arthur Towle, Controller, LMS Hotel Services
When this rare and scarce item appeared on ebay the seller kindly provided the dimensions of the item (I was outbid!)
I recreated the image to show how it might have looked when pristine and brand new or straight off the printing machine
And from RIBA - the restaurant decked out in all its Glory
The Lounge walls are veneered with Makore (a specific wood veneer) and the horizontal bands are in a vellum coloured Patapsco. The small circular bar is shown on the right hand side.
The North end of the hall showing the tubular section glazed metal grille to the dining room in polished aluminium. The plate glass is partly acid obscured.
In the Dining Room the walls are veneered with white ash burr (marquetry), stainless steel strips dividing the panels. The curtains are of ivory coloured snowflake satin. The lighting is from the dado upwards, illuminating the walls and also from the ceiling, with suspended diffuses of wide plate glass also partly sandblasted.
Top - Hall floor confirming that the inlaid mosiacs were of a siver colour / Bottom - closer detail of the tubular section glazed screen leading to the dining room service doors in polished aluminium.
In the Private Sitting Room the furniture is white ash burr upholstered in string coloured woven fabric. The curtains and cushions are blue and white silk. - These images are from the Architecture Illustrated of June/September 1933 a copy of which I own.
Eric Ravilious and his wife Eileen Lucy "Tirzah" Garwood in 1933 working on the Rotunda murals
A napkin with the Marion Dorn design of the seahorse feature synonymous with the Midland is provided to keep crumbs away from your Sunday best
An LMS Midland Hotel, Morecambe, china soup bowl with blue sea horse motif by Royal Cauldon, 8" diameter - source GCR Auctions
Cream Jug with the Marion Dorn Seahorse Design used throughout the hotel
Hallmark used on the Midland cutlery
A LMS seahorse pattern tea cup and saucer by Royal Cauldon this pattern was used at the Midland Hotel, Morecambe and The Lochalsh Hotel at Kyle
Soup spoon with engravedhallmark (see above) - source GCR Auctions
Curved side dish
Each of the four examples shown above have their own identifying stamp (provenance) on the base - all images courtesy of the Science Museum Group
And finally you can round off your visit with a nice cup of tea! Personal property of and image courtesy of Talisman Auctions
The last time we visited the Midland we were lucky enough to spot this nice 'retro' display in the hotel reception area - I quite like the reflection of the stairwell in the bottom picture - images © of J Anna Ludlow
Page refreshed : 23rd March 2017