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CAMRA North-East Suffolk branch.last updated 18/09/2017
Southwold Marlborough Hotelhistorical era: mid 20th century
In 1900 this 50 bed & sitting roomed hotel was described as "occupying the finest position on the sea front - commanding a magnificent & uninterrupted view of the German Ocean". It also offered a spacious Hall, Lounge, Drawing, Coffee, Smoking and Billiard rooms with Bath rooms on each floor.
It was destroyed by a bomb in 1943.
A hotel is shown on the 1904 OS map at the location we've marked, but it's an empty space on the 1957 sheet, which fits with it having been destroyed in the war. Buildings still standing in Marlborough Road seem to match those in one of our old photos, so this seems a likely location.
An un-named hotel is shown at this location on this old OS map from about the end of the 19th century. larger map
Old OS map reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland.