Windermere Hotel Historical Plaque

Windermere Hotel Historical Plaque

Plaque Is Unveiled!

If you missed the unveiling ceremony, then see the Civic Society's first historical plaque now!

Mounted by the front door to Windermere Hotel is the first Civic Society historical plaque.  Following research into the history of the hotel and careful design by a dedicated team from the Civic Society, the plaque was manufactured by a local craftsman and mounted on the wall by a local building company.

The wording on the plaque is Rigg's Windermere Hotel - This listed building, the first hotel in Windermere, was built by Abraham Pattinson and opened in 1847 to attract visitors from the newly opened railway.  Richard Rigg was the first proprietor and a coach operator;  his 'four in hand' coaches travelled over Dunmail Raise to Keswick.

Master of ceremonies for the unveiling in early May was President of the Society, Barry Tullett, and we were delighted that Diana Matthews, a great-granddaughter of Abraham Pattinson who built the hotel, gave a most entertaining and informative speech before unveiling the plaque.

The Windermere Hotel kindly served refreshments to the thirty or so members and guests who attended the unveiling.  Our thanks go to Giles Norwood, Manager of the Windermere Hotel who has been unfailingly supportive throughout the entire project.

The picture shows the plaque by the front door to the hotel with Diana Matthews, Barry Tullett, Mayor Joan Stocker, and Giles Norwood.

Click on the words Windermere Hotel History below Download on the right hand side of this web page for more information about the hotel.