The Planning Group met in Hungerford on Friday 11
July 2003 and following an inspection of the facilities at The
Bear Hotel agreed that this would be the perfect venue for our
Lovelock Family History Gathering in the following year.
The Bear Hotel is run by the International Hotel Company Jarvis, details of which can be found on their Website: www.ramadajarvis.co.uk
The Hotel was once owned by Henry VII and Henry VIII and during the coaching era was a popular stopping point for coaches traveling from London to Bath. There are 41 comfortable bedrooms, many of which overlook the River Dunn.
The cost per person of the event was £40 (equivalent to £56 in
2015 and still a bargain!) and included:
We had to restrict numbers attending the event to 75
people, the capacity of the Meeting Room.
Here is some information about The Bear Hotel and The Rose of Hungerford canal barge:
Street Plan of Hungerford
(The Bear Hotel is at the top between "Bearwater" and the
roundabout at the East end of Charnham Street)
and some photographs (taken by John Lovelock, descriptions courtesy of Jeremy Lovelock):
The Kennet and Avon Canal, which passes close to the centre of Hungerford
Another shot of the canal, with a lock gate
The canal looking down Bridge Street towards the railway, with the High Street beyond
Many thanks to:
John Lovelock - Event Coordinator
Janet and Jeremy Lovelock - Bookings
Graham Lovelock - Excursion