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Fire damaged hotel needs urgent repairs

Firefighters tackling a major fire at the Tudor Hotel in Malvern were forced to break windows and make holes in the roof. The Victorian Society is now calling for urgent repairs to be carried out to protect this listed building from further damage.

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Shortly after 9 o'clock on the morning of 18th February passers-by saw smoke billowing from the top floor of the Grade-II listed Tudor Hotel on Wells Road. The Fire Service was called and spent several hours tackling the blaze. Police are still investigating the cause but arson has not been ruled out.

Only the week before the Victorian Society had written to Malvern Hills District Council, warning that the building was poorly secured and needed urgent work to prevent future damage.

Now the situation is even more serious as the fire crews used aerial platforms to break holes in the slate roof in order to access the fire. Several windows were also broken. The Society has written again to the council, this time to request that measures are taken to properly protect the surviving fabric of the hotel, so that future restoration can be carried out.

The Malvern hotel is a wonderful example of an early Victorian purpose-built water-cure centre. It was commissioned in 1852 by Dr James Gully, who played a principal part in establishing Malvern as an important spa town, and was designed by the distinguished architect, S.S.Teulon.

It was last used as a DSS hostel, but has sat empty now for many years.

 

Wednesday 10 March, 2010

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