Stroud building listed as part of Jubilee

A NINETEENTH century building in Stroud has been listed as Grade II as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations. 

The Imperial Hotel in Stroud, Gloucestershire has been listed by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) on Historic England’s advice, in celebration of Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Built in 1863, the Imperial Hotel was designed by local Stroud architect Benjamin Becknall.

Its design was inspired by Cotswold market halls and continental colonnades. 

Stroud News and Journal: The Imperial Hotel is one of six places which have been newly listed as part of the Queen's Jubilee The Imperial Hotel is one of six places which have been newly listed as part of the Queen’s Jubilee

The hotel’s location opposite the Great Western Railway station made it a popular destination for train travellers between London and the Midlands and contributed to the areas growing tourism industry following the railway advancements of the Industrial Revolution.

In 1950 it underwent refurbishment – the same year in which Princess Elizabeth, now Her Majesty the Queen, visited the hotel as part of a tour of Stroud.

The six new listings – which range from a theatre and an archive to a church and markers on a major motorway – aim to highlight some of the many important places from Her Majesty’s reign and to reflect the important social, technical and cultural changes which have taken place over the past 70 years.

“These new listings celebrate the diversity and richness of our heritage overseen by Her Majesty during her 70-year reign, showing how the fabric of the nation has changed and developed, said Duncan Wilson, chief executive of Historic England. 

“These sites cover the length and breadth of the country – from All Saint’s Church near Birmingham which she opened in 1955 when she was newly crowned, to the high tech Hampshire Public Records Office, completed in 1993.”

“These historic sites provide a fantastic opportunity to reflect on how much life in the UK has changed during Her Majesty the Queen’s 70-year reign,” said Nigel Huddleston, the UK government’s Heritage Minister. 

“Listing them as part of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations is a fitting way to pay tribute to the longevity of her service.”

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