The Lowther Hotel, Goole
Aire and Calder Navigation
Commercial and Land
This extraordinary property is located adjacent to the UK’s furthest inland port, not quite on the canalside, but at the terminus of the Aire and Calder Navigation. It is Grade II Listed, enjoys significant canal and industrial heritage value, and is believed to be the oldest hotel in Britain.
The Lowther was built in 1824 two years before the dock was opened, and was the very first building in Goole. The original name of hotel was The Banks Arms, as it was built by Sir Edward Banks, who was famous for building two bridges over the Thames. No town hall was ever built in Goole as The Lowther served all the functions of a town hall. It housed a school, a Magistrates Court, church services, and even a Masonic lodge.
The hotel was bought by the Aire and Calder Navigation Company in 1828. The Company used the rooms on the first floor at the front of the building as their board room and Chairman’s office until the 1960s. The Navigation Company had some fascinating murals painted in the board room. These are shown in one of the photographs and can be viewed in person by appointment. The murals show Goole in 1828, as seen from the other side of the river, and they illustrate how quickly Goole grew in a very short space of time. When Sir Edward Banks died in 1835 the hotel was renamed The Lowther Hotel after the first chairman of the Aire and Calder Navigation Company, Sir John Lowther. The Hotel was restored in 2010 with many of its original features refurbished or reproduced. You can read more about its history here.
The hotel offers twelve luxurious en-suite letting bedrooms, several bars, restaurants, and function suites, a cobbled courtyard, and a nightclub. The Lowther is a thriving business and represents a truly unique opportunity.
View this property on the Estate Agent’s Website. For full details contact Sidney Philips quoting Ref: 43838. No direct approach to be made to the business. All communications should be directed through Sidney Phillips. Viewing strictly by appointment only.