has now finished on the transformation of the former Lamb Hotel in
Hospital Street into a restaurant, shops and 19 apartments.
It has brought a welcome
breath of fresh air to Church Lane (below, from St Mary's Parish Church)
replacing a run-down rear yard, with a tin roof visible over the wall,
with a pleasing apartments block.
A far more pleasing area
next to the church, which is one of the town's main visitor attractions
- as well as its importance as a place of worship.
The front part of the old building
(left) retains the
I had imagined that just the very front wall of the Lamb Hotel was to be
preserved but the whole front section has been saved for posterity.
At the foot of this page are
four views of Chatterton House, as the Lamb Hotel is now known, as
envisaged by the developers, local company,
Property. Also here are my photographs of the project as at July
Muller's said in an advertisement in The Nantwich Chronicle back in
early 2004, they "were very keen to retain
as much of the Lamb Hotel building as we could, but had to replace the
middle section of the hotel and the rear section which was little more
than a tin roof."
Why Chatterton House? I have to confess I didn't know this, but
apparently William Chatterton, a groom to Queen Mary, was granted a
licence to keep a tavern on the site in 1552. The present building - a
Grade II listed
building - is 18th Century.
I did know that there is supposed to be a tunnel running to the Lamb
Hotel site from the adjacent St Mary's Parish Church (or, more
Rectory) - presumably as an escape route for the
Rectors in more troubled times. How true that is I don't know.
The development includes 19 two- and three-bedroom luxury
apartments - including a duplex penthouse - and two restaurants.
One, as we now know, is the Costa
coffee shop and the other is the Aroma Cafe Bar.
Left is the doorway to Chatterton House on
the Church Lane side, while below right is the interior of one of the
apartments. Also in the development (see the photos below) are
Muller's own Property Shop, the shop of Bang and Olufsen, the home
entertainment people, and - taking the whole of the Hospital
Street/Church Lane corner on the ground floor - is Costa, an Italian
[Nantwich has quite a
number of coffee shops now, but all seem to be thriving so the people of
the town and
around, and the visitors, must have quite a taste for the
Prices for the
apartments started at £190,000, and while - soon after the properties went
on to the market - all were snapped up, some apartments came back on to
the market because (presumably) of changing circumstances of the
original buyers. According to the Nantwich Guardian at the time of the
complete sell-out, there were five unsuccessful people for every
page is not meant to be an advertisement for Chatterton House or Muller,
but anything that improves a run-down site in historic Nantwich is to be
welcomed and worthy of mention.
Church Lane was closed
for quite a bit of the conversion work, and motorists had to use the
alternative entrance to the car park. The builders' yard also stood on
the car park, occupying some of the spaces.
During the work, there
was still pedestrian access, but wedding cars and hearses had to use Churchyardside on
the north front of St
Church, with a slightly longer journey on foot for wedding parties and
mourners. Pedestrians had a very circuitous route around the builders'
yard at times. At other times they could
walk straight down Church Lane,
according to how the work was progressing and what "plant" such as
cranes were on site.
Now all is back to normal in Church Lane and on the car park, and
Chatterton House has proved a welcome addition to the area. Much better than
the " tin shed" that used to be there . . . !
the months since the work began I ran the latest pictures of the site at
its various stages on this page. These are now filed away in "The Brough
Collection" but I have retrieved a few to tell the story of the
transformation - here.
lI read that the entrance to the car park used to be the site of
(two?) cottages and later a free church with the present car park as its