White Star Line

Titanic memorials

Alnwick, Northumberland

The White Swan Hotel

Here passengers will indulge in reading, conversation, cards, tea-drinking, and other social intercourse... The walls are covered with finely carved boiseries in which, without interfering with the symmetry of the whole, the fancy of the carver has shown itself in ever-varying detail. ~ The Shipbuilder, Vol VI Midsummer 1911 Special Number

Standing on Bondgate Within in the Northumberland town of Alnwick is the White Swan Hotel. Behind its traditional stone facade is a hidden gem. The exterior of the hotel gives a clue; a small brass plaque states that "situated within this hotel is the first class lounge from the S.S. Olympic (1910-1936) twin ship to the legendary S.S. Titanic."

The hotel not only contains much of the first-class lounge, but other fittings from the ship. The revolving door at the entrance to the hotel came from the Olympic as did the staircase which can be seen on entering the hotel. This originally formed part of the aft grand staircase.

Inside, past the reception and lounge area, through a corridor, visitors find a small flight of five stairs, with the same balustrade from the main staircase, leading to double doors. Opening the doors leads into hotel's restaurant, marketed as the 'Olympic Suite'. Although not in the same configuration as aboard the Olympic, the panelling of the first-class lounge has been used to fit out the room, in a more elongated shape than aboard ship.

A Special Number of the Shipbuilder journal considered that "full advantage has been taken of the great size of the Olympic and Titanic to provide passenger accommodation of unrivalled extent and magnificence" and that "everything has been done in regard to the furniture and fittings to make the first-class accommodation more than equal to that provided in the finest hotels on shore."

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