Monday, 6 September 2010

The secret Leopard

In my family's hometown of Burslem, the mother town of Stoke-on-Trent, there is a wonderful heritage which can be found in many of the town's buildings. Burslem's town centre pub the "Leopard hotel" serving since at least 1765 was a local for my great-great grandmother, my great grandmother, my Nan and my Dad. The hotel is steeped in history boatsting that Britain's greatest pottery producer Josiah Wedgwood and James Brindley met here to discuss building the Trent and Mersey Canal in 1765. This was a large stepping stone for the industrial revolution.The Leopard hotel has an amazing secret.

Recently the pub rediscovered FIFTY hotels rooms which had been bricked and wallpapered up and left completely unused since 1951. They also found 19 underground tunnels which led to other of the town's landmark building's including the town hall and the local brewery. The hidden gem unveiled wonderful photos of the rooms which reflect the style and decor of the 1950's.

I've visited the hotel on a number of occasions and would have never guessed that the rooms ever existed. It makes you wonder what else you can easily miss!

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