The London, Midland and Scottish Railway Company had taken the bold step of replacing its old Victorian hotel on Morecambe’s seafront with a sparkling white Modernist structure – The Midland Hotel, quite unlike anything seen before in an English seaside resort.
This book, with its numerous superb illustrations, tells the fascinating story of the hotel from its inception and 1930s prime, through its role as a hospital in World War Two, its sale into private ownership and fluctuating fortunes up to the present day. Having reached rock-bottom in 2002, this former embodiment of glamour and luxury was a sorry sight. Empty, save for the vagrants and pigeons, with peeling paint and a leaking roof, it barely staved off demolition.
At the eleventh hour, however, rescue came in the shape of award-winning property developers Urban Splash. They purchased the building in 2003. The multi-million pound project to rehabilitate the hotel for the twenty-first century is finally nearing completion. The building is scheduled to re-open in the spring of 2008. Retaining the elegance and style which made the Midland Hotel so special, this beautifully restored hotel is set once again to be Morecambe’s ‘gleaming white hope’.
- Author: Barry Guise and Pam Brook
- Binding: hardback (out of stock) and paperback (only available in paperback)
- ISBN: 978-1-874181-54-5 (hb), 978-1-874181-55-2 (sb)
- Pages: 224
- Illustrations: almost 200, many in full colour
- Date of Publication: 30 May 2008
- Dimensions: 276 × 219 mm