Devastating fire at the Royal Clarence Hotel, Exeter

Devastating fire at the Royal Clarence Hotel, Exeter

It was with sadness that Devonshire magazine heard about the recent fire at the Royal Clarence Hotel in Exeter.

Credited with being the first place in England to be called a hotel, it has received many famous visitors over the centuries, including Clark Gable, Garry Cooper, Thomas Hardy, Beatrix Potter and most importantly, Admiral Nelson. Franz Liszt performed at the hotel, which was renamed “Royal Clarence” after a visit from the Duchess of Clarence in 1827.

Originally built in 1769, it was known as the Assembly Rooms. The lower two floors were said to be medieval in origin. It’s very much hoped that the rebuild will include faithful reconstruction of the facade, which is an important aspect of Cathedral Green.

Devonshire magazine previously carried out an Overnight Stay review in April this year: Abode, Exeter

The fire spread from the art gallery next door and worked it’s way to the hotel and surrounding properties via open loft spaces and voids that are scattered throughout the Tudor buildings – a lot of which were covered up by years of remodelling.  Thankfully no one was hurt in this incident.  Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service has been working tirelessly since the early hours of last Friday morning (29th Oct 16), and have done a wonderful job to prevent the fire from spreading further.  To see images of the devastation, see their twitter:

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