Bygones: Inn at centre of social life
MRS Gloria Needham, of Yarborough Road, Grimsby, got in touch after we published this photograph of the White Hart Hotel.
She said: "Brian West said that the hotel had 12 bedrooms. But the hotel that had 12 rooms was the Marquis Of Granby, which was situated on the opposite side of the road and adjoined the old Town Hall.
"The Granby, which was owned by my great-great-grandfather Bransby Harrison, was pulled down in 1850 to enable the Corn Exchange to be built.
"Bransby moved to the house next door to the White Hart in 1850 and it was auctioned in 1862 on his death.
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"I have only ever seen it mentioned once in an early edition of the Grimsby Telegraph that he owned the White Hart. There is no mention in his will of the White Hart.
"Bransby Harrison (1789-1863) was the most prominent of the Harrison family and became known as a 'character' of Grimsby.
"He became a Freeman of Grimsby in 1811. At that time he was working on a farm.
"Shortly afterwards he became the proprietor of the Marquis Of Granby Inn, usually referred to as the Granby.
"The inn was the centre of business, political and social life in Grimsby during the first half of the 19th century.
"In 1850, the Granby and some other building in the centre of Grimsby were demolished to make way for the building of the Corn Exchange. By this time a large railway hotel, The Yarborough, had been built, and Bransby felt he had had enough of innkeeping.
"He moved just across the road to a house which had just been bequeathed to him by his elder brother, William. It was next door to the White Hart.
"In an article in the Grimsby News at the time of Queen Victoria's Jubilee, the Harrison family are said to have lived at the White Hart.
"Bransby was a councillor and held many other positions in the town, auditor, coroner, JP etc, before he became an alderman and then mayor four times.
"At the Granby he was responsible for the post, he was also an officer of the Customs and Excise. In addition he was superintendent of the highways."