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Loughborough Echo 25th February 1938

The Famous Leicestershire inn, “King William the Fourth,” at Quorn, might have been dismantled and re-erected in the grounds of an American millionaire. This, the “Loughborough Echo” learns is the result of enquiries made by a former Loughborough man, who read of the possible fate of this old inn through an announcement which appeared recently in this paper.

If the sale had transpired, “The King William the Fourth” would have been the fourth famous old English inn to stand in the spacious grounds of this wealthy American, three similar buildings which have been re-erected there, being used as hunting lodges.

As there is some indignation in Quorn against this building being allowed to be removed to the States, and although the owner of the inn, Alderman F.A. Stenson, the Loughborough brewer, has written saying he was willing to allow the building to go and has written to America to that effect.

Mr. Stenson received the enquiry about the inn from Mr. Harry Hammond of 1 Reservoir Drive, Lawrence, Mass, son of Mr. Harry Hammond of Tootill Road, Loughborough. In his letter to Ald Stenson Mr. Hammond wrote to say he was dismayed to read (in the Loughborough Echo) the possibility of the inn being demolished. He said he immediately got into touch with Mr. John Hayes Hammond (no relation to the enquirer), who lives at Gloucester, New York State. Mr. John Hammond, says the writer, who has brought three English inns, asked Mr. Stenson for a price for the inn.

Under a County Council road widening scheme, “The King William the Fourth.” Reputed to be at least 600 years old, is to have the projection portion of the building removed. Mr. Stenson has purchased the almost equally well-known premises, known as “Charnwood House,” the one-time residence of Mr. Tom Firr, the famous huntsman, which adjoin the inn, with the intention of transferring the business there, but he may now seek accommodation elsewhere in the village owing to later developments. Loughborough College having bought Quorn Hall Country Club, the club became interested in “Charnwood House,” and Mr. Stenson has agreed to lease the residence to them.

Mr. Stenson has now withdrawn his application for the removal of the licence of the “King William IV,” and it is quite probable, subject to certain alterations, that the house will remain where it is.

In his letter to Mr. Stenson, Mr. Hammond, who has been in America for upwards of 20 years says he has received the Loughborough Echo each week and has followed the local news with great interest.

 Submitted on: 2011-07-14
 Submitted by: Christine Sibcy
 Artefact ID: 1336
 Artefact URL: www.quornmuseum.com/display.php?id=1336
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