Bailiffs shut down Southend's historic Royal Hotel

Bailiffs shut down historic Royal Hotel

Bailiffs shut down historic Royal Hotel

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ONE of Southend’s most iconic buildings has suddenly closed – with bailiffs called in.

Two notices have been plastered on the front doors of the landmark Royal Hotel, in Southend High Street, saying the building is now under the control of Ayers and Cruiks.

The Grade II listed building, which was constructed in 1791, is regarded as one of the jewels in Southend’s crown.

It has been used as a bar, restaurant and nightclub in recent years, but fresh hopes have now been raised that it could flourish under new investment.

Independent councillor Ron Woodley, leader of Southend Council, said: “This is a historic and iconic building and I hope to see it open again as soon as possible.

“We do not have any specific details at the moment, but we are attempting to find out more and will be monitoring the situation.”

Events on the hotel’s Facebook page, including a reggae and dubstep night pencilled in for August 15, now look set to be cancelled.

The building has not been used as a hotel for a number of years, but it is hoped the possibility of new owners could attract new investment.

Dawn Jeakings, chairman of the Southend Business Improvement District, said: “It’s always a shame when a High Street business goes, but I’m sure the building will be brought back to use again. It is too good not to be brought back – it’s a beautiful building.

“Since I’ve been here it has had several owners and it needs a lot more investment to reach its potential – it would be wonderful if it can be turned into a hotel again because the outlook is gorgeous.”

The notice up on the hotel’s doors reads: “Take notice that the bailiff, through its agents, peaceably re-entered the premises.

"Any attempt by the former tenant to break back into the premises may constitute a criminal offence.”

Echo: Notice: On the hotel door

History of the Royal Hotel

1791 Work starts on the hotel, which was initially called the Grand Hotel and Terrace

1793 Work completed

1803 Renamed the ‘Royal’ Hotel following a visit from Princess Caroline

1973 Southend Society was formed to try to save the hotel from demolition

1990s Bottom of the hotel was converted into a club

2000s The ground floor of the hotel is converted and is turned into a popular music venue

2014 Hotel closes and bailiffs move in

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4:46pm Wed 23 Jul 14

supermadmax says...

"regarded as one of the jewels in Southend’s crown"

Lol
"regarded as one of the jewels in Southend’s crown" Lol supermadmax
  • Score: 11

4:48pm Wed 23 Jul 14

lucy10 says...

the bailiffs did not shut it down the royal closed weeks ago the rent is over 50 k per year Ayers are crooks are the agents
the bailiffs did not shut it down the royal closed weeks ago the rent is over 50 k per year Ayers are crooks are the agents lucy10
  • Score: 24

4:55pm Wed 23 Jul 14

GrumpyofLeigh says...

Could we have an embargo on the use of the word "iconic" please - esp. when you mean "well known". The pier, possibly, but thats it.
Could we have an embargo on the use of the word "iconic" please - esp. when you mean "well known". The pier, possibly, but thats it. GrumpyofLeigh
  • Score: 16

5:36pm Wed 23 Jul 14

_Lotus_ says...

I hope new investors step in and take this on, this is very sad actually, there are enough places closing down, without adding this one to the list.
I hope new investors step in and take this on, this is very sad actually, there are enough places closing down, without adding this one to the list. _Lotus_
  • Score: 30

5:41pm Wed 23 Jul 14

sesibollox says...

Became an undesirable den of inequity over time, to the point punters left, similar to so many pubs throughout the land
Became an undesirable den of inequity over time, to the point punters left, similar to so many pubs throughout the land sesibollox
  • Score: 18

5:55pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Partyboy2 says...

Was a sheet hole anyway.
Was a sheet hole anyway. Partyboy2
  • Score: -1

6:38pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Maddogg says...

Knock it down. Flatten it. This is an ideal position for a Tescos local. Shut the one in the Royals, replace that with a Sainsburys local, and we are all happy.
Knock it down. Flatten it. This is an ideal position for a Tescos local. Shut the one in the Royals, replace that with a Sainsburys local, and we are all happy. Maddogg
  • Score: -44

7:15pm Wed 23 Jul 14

GrumpyofLeigh says...

I'd be more than happy if Going Bros reappeared from the opposite corner and took it over (got to be at least 50 to get that ref)
I'd be more than happy if Going Bros reappeared from the opposite corner and took it over (got to be at least 50 to get that ref) GrumpyofLeigh
  • Score: 8

7:59pm Wed 23 Jul 14

glenn9ball says...

Love that in depth history lesson :
1803 Renamed the ‘Royal’ Hotel following a visit from Princess Caroline
(next 170 years, nothing much happens...)
1973 Southend Society was formed to try to save the hotel from demolition

That's quality research, right there...
Love that in depth history lesson : 1803 Renamed the ‘Royal’ Hotel following a visit from Princess Caroline (next 170 years, nothing much happens...) 1973 Southend Society was formed to try to save the hotel from demolition That's quality research, right there... glenn9ball
  • Score: 35

8:07pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Nebs says...

Is it listed? If not, it should be.
Is it listed? If not, it should be. Nebs
  • Score: 19

8:14pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Howard Cháse says...

They're probably going to open a poncey expensive froffee coffee shop thee or turn it into another poundshop....
They're probably going to open a poncey expensive froffee coffee shop thee or turn it into another poundshop.... Howard Cháse
  • Score: 1

8:15pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Howard Cháse says...

GrumpyofLeigh wrote:
I'd be more than happy if Going Bros reappeared from the opposite corner and took it over (got to be at least 50 to get that ref)
Oh yes bring back Going Brothers. Could do with making up a Jim Gibbinson Clooper Carp rod kit and one of the fibatube tench rod kits...
[quote][p][bold]GrumpyofLeigh[/bold] wrote: I'd be more than happy if Going Bros reappeared from the opposite corner and took it over (got to be at least 50 to get that ref)[/p][/quote]Oh yes bring back Going Brothers. Could do with making up a Jim Gibbinson Clooper Carp rod kit and one of the fibatube tench rod kits... Howard Cháse
  • Score: 5

12:45am Thu 24 Jul 14

heartbeat says...

glenn9ball wrote:
Love that in depth history lesson :
1803 Renamed the ‘Royal’ Hotel following a visit from Princess Caroline
(next 170 years, nothing much happens...)
1973 Southend Society was formed to try to save the hotel from demolition

That's quality research, right there...
I thought the astonishing depth of research and knowledge imparted by the "History of the Royal Hotel" was brilliant too. It must surely be first in line for an investigative journalism award of some kind!
[quote][p][bold]glenn9ball[/bold] wrote: Love that in depth history lesson : 1803 Renamed the ‘Royal’ Hotel following a visit from Princess Caroline (next 170 years, nothing much happens...) 1973 Southend Society was formed to try to save the hotel from demolition That's quality research, right there...[/p][/quote]I thought the astonishing depth of research and knowledge imparted by the "History of the Royal Hotel" was brilliant too. It must surely be first in line for an investigative journalism award of some kind! heartbeat
  • Score: 10

4:58am Thu 24 Jul 14

CHRISTMAS CAROL says...

Went there for a few Sunday lunches, pre 2014. Good food and good music. Last Christmas went there and it was dreadful. Food was rubbish, toilets had not been cleaned from the night before, music was not so good. I could see the writing on the wall then and its only taken 7 months. Such a shame as the position of the hotel , history and the restaurant is just right, just need somebody to throw money at it . Dont know if it is listed but it should be.
Went there for a few Sunday lunches, pre 2014. Good food and good music. Last Christmas went there and it was dreadful. Food was rubbish, toilets had not been cleaned from the night before, music was not so good. I could see the writing on the wall then and its only taken 7 months. Such a shame as the position of the hotel , history and the restaurant is just right, just need somebody to throw money at it . Dont know if it is listed but it should be. CHRISTMAS CAROL
  • Score: 5

7:00am Thu 24 Jul 14

Happy Chickie says...

supermadmax wrote:
"regarded as one of the jewels in Southend’s crown"

Lol
Funny what is considered a jewel in Southend isn't it?
[quote][p][bold]supermadmax[/bold] wrote: "regarded as one of the jewels in Southend’s crown" Lol[/p][/quote]Funny what is considered a jewel in Southend isn't it? Happy Chickie
  • Score: 1

7:52am Thu 24 Jul 14

Bosniavet says...

Please, this happened sometime last week or earlier - I saw the notices when I passed on Saturday. Also, why is this Southend news story not on the Southend feed which has not been updated since the story regarding the pupils of the private school - St Hilda's - that recently closed. Echo, please start reporting news when it happens, not days or weeks after.....
Please, this happened sometime last week or earlier - I saw the notices when I passed on Saturday. Also, why is this Southend news story not on the Southend feed which has not been updated since the story regarding the pupils of the private school - St Hilda's - that recently closed. Echo, please start reporting news when it happens, not days or weeks after..... Bosniavet
  • Score: 19

9:48am Thu 24 Jul 14

Leighdweller says...

Bosniavet wrote:
Please, this happened sometime last week or earlier - I saw the notices when I passed on Saturday. Also, why is this Southend news story not on the Southend feed which has not been updated since the story regarding the pupils of the private school - St Hilda's - that recently closed. Echo, please start reporting news when it happens, not days or weeks after.....
The Echo - "Yesterdays news, tomorrow".
[quote][p][bold]Bosniavet[/bold] wrote: Please, this happened sometime last week or earlier - I saw the notices when I passed on Saturday. Also, why is this Southend news story not on the Southend feed which has not been updated since the story regarding the pupils of the private school - St Hilda's - that recently closed. Echo, please start reporting news when it happens, not days or weeks after.....[/p][/quote]The Echo - "Yesterdays news, tomorrow". Leighdweller
  • Score: 17

10:31am Thu 24 Jul 14

liseinga says...

Nebs wrote:
Is it listed? If not, it should be.
From the article above: The Grade II listed building, which was constructed in 1791, is regarded as one of the jewels in Southend’s crown.
[quote][p][bold]Nebs[/bold] wrote: Is it listed? If not, it should be.[/p][/quote]From the article above: The Grade II listed building, which was constructed in 1791, is regarded as one of the jewels in Southend’s crown. liseinga
  • Score: 9

1:08pm Thu 24 Jul 14

pembury53 says...

Howard Cháse wrote:
GrumpyofLeigh wrote:
I'd be more than happy if Going Bros reappeared from the opposite corner and took it over (got to be at least 50 to get that ref)
Oh yes bring back Going Brothers. Could do with making up a Jim Gibbinson Clooper Carp rod kit and one of the fibatube tench rod kits...
I had two of them, and a couple of 'carp 4's' with mitchell 300/410's .... marvellous !
[quote][p][bold]Howard Cháse[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]GrumpyofLeigh[/bold] wrote: I'd be more than happy if Going Bros reappeared from the opposite corner and took it over (got to be at least 50 to get that ref)[/p][/quote]Oh yes bring back Going Brothers. Could do with making up a Jim Gibbinson Clooper Carp rod kit and one of the fibatube tench rod kits...[/p][/quote]I had two of them, and a couple of 'carp 4's' with mitchell 300/410's .... marvellous ! pembury53
  • Score: 0

1:59pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Nelly99 says...

Howard Cháse wrote:
GrumpyofLeigh wrote: I'd be more than happy if Going Bros reappeared from the opposite corner and took it over (got to be at least 50 to get that ref)
Oh yes bring back Going Brothers. Could do with making up a Jim Gibbinson Clooper Carp rod kit and one of the fibatube tench rod kits...
Is this English? It sounds like Gibberish!
[quote][p][bold]Howard Cháse[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]GrumpyofLeigh[/bold] wrote: I'd be more than happy if Going Bros reappeared from the opposite corner and took it over (got to be at least 50 to get that ref)[/p][/quote]Oh yes bring back Going Brothers. Could do with making up a Jim Gibbinson Clooper Carp rod kit and one of the fibatube tench rod kits...[/p][/quote]Is this English? It sounds like Gibberish! Nelly99
  • Score: 4

2:06pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Nelly99 says...

supermadmax wrote:
"regarded as one of the jewels in Southend’s crown" Lol
God, you are an idiot! It is the building that is iconic not the progressive tenants that inhabit it. I hope the building is taken over with the proper respect as befits a superb architectural construction. Right I,m off for a Gibbinson Clooper Carp whatever the Fark that is. Can I get it at the Las Vegas Grill?
[quote][p][bold]supermadmax[/bold] wrote: "regarded as one of the jewels in Southend’s crown" Lol[/p][/quote]God, you are an idiot! It is the building that is iconic not the progressive tenants that inhabit it. I hope the building is taken over with the proper respect as befits a superb architectural construction. Right I,m off for a Gibbinson Clooper Carp whatever the Fark that is. Can I get it at the Las Vegas Grill? Nelly99
  • Score: 3

5:59pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Howard Cháse says...

Leighdweller wrote:
Bosniavet wrote:
Please, this happened sometime last week or earlier - I saw the notices when I passed on Saturday. Also, why is this Southend news story not on the Southend feed which has not been updated since the story regarding the pupils of the private school - St Hilda's - that recently closed. Echo, please start reporting news when it happens, not days or weeks after.....
The Echo - "Yesterdays news, tomorrow".
Mafeking relieved!
[quote][p][bold]Leighdweller[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bosniavet[/bold] wrote: Please, this happened sometime last week or earlier - I saw the notices when I passed on Saturday. Also, why is this Southend news story not on the Southend feed which has not been updated since the story regarding the pupils of the private school - St Hilda's - that recently closed. Echo, please start reporting news when it happens, not days or weeks after.....[/p][/quote]The Echo - "Yesterdays news, tomorrow".[/p][/quote]Mafeking relieved! Howard Cháse
  • Score: 4

8:58pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Fab man says...

Why dont we turn it into an asylum hotel for illegal immigrants that the council is so fond of like they did with the Palace Hotel.
Why dont we turn it into an asylum hotel for illegal immigrants that the council is so fond of like they did with the Palace Hotel. Fab man
  • Score: -12

5:06pm Fri 25 Jul 14

MarcelloM says...

This is a real shame, so much history...

I know dozens of people who dropped their first pill in that place.
This is a real shame, so much history... I know dozens of people who dropped their first pill in that place. MarcelloM
  • Score: 2

4:19pm Sat 26 Jul 14

runwellian says...

GrumpyofLeigh wrote:
Could we have an embargo on the use of the word "iconic" please - esp. when you mean "well known". The pier, possibly, but thats it.
It was so iconic, a Southender much of my life, i didn't even know it existed.
[quote][p][bold]GrumpyofLeigh[/bold] wrote: Could we have an embargo on the use of the word "iconic" please - esp. when you mean "well known". The pier, possibly, but thats it.[/p][/quote]It was so iconic, a Southender much of my life, i didn't even know it existed. runwellian
  • Score: 0

12:57pm Sun 27 Jul 14

Kim Gandy says...

Happy Chickie wrote:
supermadmax wrote:
"regarded as one of the jewels in Southend’s crown"

Lol
Funny what is considered a jewel in Southend isn't it?
Well one thing's for certain; you're not.

It's an historic building and quite an elegant one but the likes of you have very little respect for that sort of thing.

Typical of one of your bland comments. Unresearched, uninspiring and lacking any life... until of course, you launch one of your jealous, twisted,, deadly attacks on me.

For what it's worth, seems to me this is yet another victim of high rents and judging what was said above about it having gone downhill, poor management.

That sort of combination usually results in this kind of outcome.
[quote][p][bold]Happy Chickie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]supermadmax[/bold] wrote: "regarded as one of the jewels in Southend’s crown" Lol[/p][/quote]Funny what is considered a jewel in Southend isn't it?[/p][/quote]Well one thing's for certain; you're not. It's an historic building and quite an elegant one but the likes of you have very little respect for that sort of thing. Typical of one of your bland comments. Unresearched, uninspiring and lacking any life... until of course, you launch one of your jealous, twisted,, deadly attacks on me. For what it's worth, seems to me this is yet another victim of high rents and judging what was said above about it having gone downhill, poor management. That sort of combination usually results in this kind of outcome. Kim Gandy
  • Score: 1

1:49pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Feminism is Dead says...

lucy10 wrote:
the bailiffs did not shut it down the royal closed weeks ago the rent is over 50 k per year Ayers are crooks are the agents
Crooks they are indeed. I've had dealings with them in the past and they are a nasty and immoral bunch, especially Nick Clarke
[quote][p][bold]lucy10[/bold] wrote: the bailiffs did not shut it down the royal closed weeks ago the rent is over 50 k per year Ayers are crooks are the agents[/p][/quote]Crooks they are indeed. I've had dealings with them in the past and they are a nasty and immoral bunch, especially Nick Clarke Feminism is Dead
  • Score: 2

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