That was the Mowbray Park – once the oldest in town - and its history is in the spotlight thanks to a Wearside historian.
Want to know more? Philip Curtis, from Sunderland Antiquarian Society, takes up the tale.
Until its demolition in 2007, the Mowbray Park Hotel was the oldest hotel in Sunderland.
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It began life as a thatched cottage called the Gardener’s Tavern but in August 1842,after major rebuilding, the Mowbray Arms opened to the public on the corner of Borough Road and Toward Road.
It was a coaching inn at the time and it had its own billiard table. It was stocked with the finest quality wines and spirits.
In 1890, the hotel was rebuilt and opened as the Palatine Hotel. At that time there were two major hotels in the town – the Palatine and the Queens and the Queens was in Fawcett Street on the site which later would become Woolworths.
The Palatine boasted a coffee room, restaurant, billiard room and what was described as ‘a number of airy and comfortable bedrooms, replete with every convenience for the family and commercial visitor.’
The hotel also included a fine banqueting hall.
In the early 1920s, there was a major renovation inside and outside before reopening in March 1927.
Another refurbishment was completed in 1971. The hotel’s name was changed to the Mowbray Park.
In the 1990s, part of the hotel in Toward Road was altered into an Irish themed pub called Durty Nellys.
However, the social centre of the town had moved westward to the Green Street/Vine Place area and eventually the pub and hotel closed, with part of it rebuilt into apartments with a restaurant on the ground floor.
The hotel, and lots of other aspects of Wearside history, feature in the latest monthly newsletter circulated to Antiquarian Society members.
Our thanks go to Philip and anyone who wants to find out more about the Antiquarian Society should visit its Facebook page or its website at http://www.sunderland-antiquarians.org
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