23rd February 1935
The New “Nelson”
There has been a veritable invasion of “The Nelson” Hotel at Grove Road, Wallasey, since the new building was opened to the public on Friday of last week. People have arrived not only from all districts of the borough but from distant parts of Wirral and Cheshire.
The reason for this steady trek to “The Nelson” is not far to seek. The old licensed house has been replaced by a palatial new building which may fairly be described as the last word in architecture of its kind and a real ornament to the neighbourhood. This really charming building must be inspected to be fully appreciated. The exterior and interior are examples of expert craftsmanship.
Viewed from the street the building strikes one as a modern gem of Tudor design. Built in stone, with Cotswold stone roofs and solid oak timbering as part of the construction, a pleasing impression is created to the passerby. The string courses have been embellished with fine carvings of various patterns. A very beautiful hanging sign has been erected on the front of the building with an exquisitely painted panel depicting Lord Nelson – a particularly pleasing example of the art of the craftsman, the panel enclosed in a frame of hand-forged iron work.
The interior is worthy of the hotel’s outer aspect, and has the warmth and richness of a baronial hall. The decorative scheme has been carried out regardless of cost. The spacious lounge has been finished with a panelled ceiling and stone lined walls, with rubber flooring. Oak furniture and period curtains complete a pleasing scene.
A striking feature of the bar is a handsome stone fireplace extending from floor to ceiling, the carvings of which depict the arms of Nelson. Above hangs a magnificent reproduction of the “Victory” in colours, being an actual painting of the ship taken at Portsmouth. The gentlemen’s smoke room, panelled in oak, is the last word in comfort.
The club-room upstairs is forty feet in length and twenty-two feet wide. It is oak panelled from floor to ceiling. The latter is also panelled in oak and embellished with carvings of Lord Nelson, Lady Hamilton and other period characters.
A feature of the whole building is the stained glass windows which shed a soft and veri-colured glow upon the surroundings. In addition to the coal fires, without which the rooms would not be at their best, central heating guarantees warmth in every part of the building.
Ventilation is provided on a system which keeps the air clear of smoke without the necessity of opening windows. Pure air without draughts will add to the comfort of patrons.
No effort has been spared to provide drink under model hygienic conditions, The refrigerated cellar, under constant control, maintains the beer at an even temperature. The pipes, specially prepared from a substance guaranteeing purity and cleanliness, through which the beer passes up tp the bars, are easily detached for cleansing and inspection.
To the rear of the hotel tea gardens are being got ready in time for the summer season. Flower-beds and rose gardens are being laid out so that the rockeries and crazy pavements will be surrounded with flowers and the gardens equipped with dainty garden chairs. Special attention is being given to lighting and numerous modern artistic lamps are being erected. It will be possible to take tea and light refreshments under fairyland conditions throughout the day.