Friday, January 16, 2009

The Plough Hotel - Photo Friday

The Plough Hotel, Cheltenham, England from S.Y. Griffith's 1826 'New Historical Description of Cheltenham'. The hotel was demolished to make way for the Regent Arcade about 1982. It's location was on High Street.

George Howard Bench (1808-1873) worked there as an ostler. He was my paternal great-great-great grandfather. My great-great grandfather, George H. Bench (1846-1899) was born and lived there until his twenties. Most interesting is that John B. Churchill ran the hotel and his aunt was Mary Marriott in the 1851 English Census. Those names just strike me funny for two reasons. For one, it's a Churchill. For two, it's a hotel and the aunt is named Marriott. It just makes me giggle.
The picture is courtesy of the Cheltenham Museum.

Colleen Degnan Johnson
CMJ Office

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