Added on June, 2012
Walter Marshall, who built Hambleton Hall in 1881, erected the impressive clocktower on our stable block to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897. We know this because he inscribed on the clock face “Anno SexagesimoVictoriae Reginae” (In the sixtieth year of Queen Victoria).
The bell has been silenced in sympathy for the commis chefs who sleep beneath it. Its nocturnal clanging provoked some unpleasant threats of resignation in our early days.
Now our Queen is well on course to exceed Victoria’s 63 ½ year reign and we wish her many congratulations at this auspicious time!
I hope you like our Victorian Wreath which we thought more suitable than the more conventional flag and bunting treatment for the front of the House.
Most of our clients seem to be enthusiastic about the Jubilee celebrations in the Capital; especially the parade of boats which Stefa and I hope to witness from Eddie Hart’s houseboat ssPuddleduck. Opinion is more divided about the Olympic Games. If you are concerned about the hordes of Azerbaijani volley ball players blocking the entrance to Fortnums why not let out your house in the metropolis and spend the proceeds on a relaxing week with us?