I was saddened to learn of the destruction by fire in the early hours of Friday, October 28th, of the wonderful old
Royal Clarence Hotel,
Exeter, Devon. England's oldest hotel, originally a 17th century coaching inn, had become an Abode Hotel.
Thankfully, there were no deaths or injuries.
My late mother worked as Head Receptionist at the Royal Clarence for many years. I remember waiting in the Cathedral Green with my grandmother while Mum applied for the job. She was very happy there.
I mention the
in my short story
“Hocus Pocus”, which appears in “Sunbeams from the Heart – A Collection of
Twelve Romantic Short Stories”. Royal Clarence
It was announced that there are plans to rebuild the hotel.