Midland Hotel, Bradford


Midland Hotel, Bradford
The Midland Hotel
Midland Hotel, Bradford.jpg
The main entrance to the hotel
Location Forster Square, Bradford BD1 4HU
Coordinates 53°47′43″N 1°45′06″W / 53.7953°N 1.7518°W / 53.7953; -1.7518Coordinates: 53°47′43″N 1°45′06″W / 53.7953°N 1.7518°W / 53.7953; -1.7518
Opening date 1890 (original); 1993 (restored)
Developer Midland Railway Company
Architect Charles Trubshaw
Management Peel Hotels
Owner Peel Hotels
Rooms 90
Restaurants 1
Parking 40 spaces (free for guests)
Website http://www.peelhotels.co.uk

The Midland Hotel is a 90-bedroom three-star Victorian hotel in Bradford City Centre, owned and managed by London-based Peel Hotels.

The architect was Charles Trubshaw, who was contracted to design many stations for Midland Railway Company. [1]

Construction of the hotel began in 1885 and took five years to complete[2]. It was built by the Midland Railway Company as part of the original Forster Square Railway Station, as a showpiece for the company's northern operations.

Following the "golden age of steam" the hotel fell into disrepair until it was bought by Bradford entrepreneur John Pennington in 1992[3], who restored it and the hotel re-opened as the Pennington Midland Hotel in 1993[4]. It was sold to Peel Hotels in December 1998, who returned it back to its original name.[5]

During its life, the hotel has played host to many famous guests, including every Prime Minister up to Harold Wilson,[citation needed] and Sir Henry Irving, an English stage actor, who died there in 1905.[6]

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