The old 0898 is just one of the secrets the Midland Hotel at Bradford holds within her cellars..
The Midland hotel was built during those heady days when steam locomotives were King. Thundering beasts, carving their way through the previously unchartered countryside, opening up a whole new world to the increasingly insatiable Victorian public.
Completed in 1890 to the designs of Charles Trubshaw, the hotel was the natural choice for both the rich and the famous when visiting the “Worsted Capital of The World” – our Bradford.
Famous guests, included every Prime Minister up to Harold Wilson, the comedian, George Formby, Lord Lorne, Bram Stoker, Randolph Churchill, The Lord Chief Justice – Coleridge, Laurel & Hardy, the Beatles, J. B. Priestley, John Le Mesurier, the list is endless..
The Bradford Daily Telegraph, Saturday, March 1, 1890
“The Midland Station and Hotel in Bradford must now take rank amongst the leading railway centres in the Kingdom.”
“The design is Renaissance in character, the exterior walls in massive looking ashlar. The hotel is five storeys in height and contains about sixty bedrooms. Great attention has been paid to the ornamental carving of the building, the cornices being very massive and ornate. The great feature in the Kirkgate frontage is the octagonal tower which springs from a boldly treated square porch, and is surmounted by a dome and finial.”