we created a separate Web page for Lovelock
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.
At the time the Bear Hotel was run by the International Hotel Company Jarvis, which sadly foundered in 2011. However, The Bear is still there and still very much in business.
The Hotel was once owned by Henry VII and Henry VIII and during the coaching era was a popular stopping point for coaches travelling between London and Bath. There were 41 comfortable bedrooms (now reduced to 39), many of which overlook the River Dunn.
The cost per person of the event was £40 (equivalent to £58 in
2017 and still a bargain!) and included:
We had to restrict numbers attending the event to 75
people, the capacity of the Meeting Room at the time.
Street Plan of Hungerford
(The Bear Hotel is at the top between "Bearwater" and the
roundabout at the East end of Charnham Street)
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