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Bit of good news about the George Hotel in Huddersfield.

Planning permission has been granted to turn the George Hotel into a hotel, museum, and restaurant at the end of last year. Huddersfield's latest Future High Street Fund Bid aiming at heritage buildings has brought Heritage England to the table. With this, a grant of around £1 million has been secured to help with restoring the buildings in the St George Square area which includes the George Hotel. Hopefully the RFL might step in and add bit of extra cash especially for the Museum before the World Cup next year.   

 

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I've never understood why they didn't (or didn't seem to) want to locate the proposed RL museum in The George Hotel.

Seemed the obvious venue (as opposed to some random room inside Bradford City Hall)

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It won't be in Bradford. Huddersfield Council are trying to get a shift on at the minute with it because of the potential tourism that it might bring when John Smith Stadium holds a number of World Cup games. 

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7 minutes ago, paulwalker71 said:

I've never understood why they didn't (or didn't seem to) want to locate the proposed RL museum in The George Hotel.

Seemed the obvious venue (as opposed to some random room inside Bradford City Hall)

Or indeed the whole RFL ?

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The RFL opened an exhibition at the George Hotel many years ago. I went to look at all the photos, etc there but couldn't do so without disturbing people who were sat having a meal.

So if they are to do something there it needs to be in a room just for that purpose.

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I've never understood why the old joseph platt offices in queen st oldham , which still stand and bears the blue plaque I use as my avatar, have never been regarded as important in the annals of rugby league. The northern rugby union was run and administered from the offices for  its first 25 years by it's first secretary , Joseph platt.

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A "Rugby League Heritage Trail" could be set up for those visitors from abroad of all significant places in the history of RL. 

For example, in Oldham there is a blue plaque on the offices which were used by Joseph Platt to run the new organisation when he became the first secretary of the RFL following the meeting at George Hotel (ie The original version of "Red Hall").

He is also buried in Chadderton cemetery in Oldham ... perhaps a publicity idea for players of some teams to go there and honour one of the key men who started it all.

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11 minutes ago, The Art of Hand and Foot said:

I've never understood why the old joseph platt offices in queen st oldham , which still stand and bears the blue plaque I use as my avatar, have never been regarded as important in the annals of rugby league. The northern rugby union was run and administered from the offices for  its first 25 years by it's first secretary , Joseph platt.

Oi !!  Were you reading over my shoulder while I was typing my last post ? 😉

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2 hours ago, Tom Rhodes said:

It won't be in Bradford. Huddersfield Council are trying to get a shift on at the minute with it because of the potential tourism that it might bring when John Smith Stadium holds a number of World Cup games. 

  The governing body and Rugby League Cares seem to have Bradford organised - with private investment added.

   https://www.rugbyleaguecares.org/what-we-do/heritage/national-rugby-league-museum/


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4 hours ago, paulwalker71 said:

I've never understood why they didn't (or didn't seem to) want to locate the proposed RL museum in The George Hotel.

Seemed the obvious venue (as opposed to some random room inside Bradford City Hall)

Someone else is taking the risk and the council won't be going bust anytime soon.


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3 hours ago, RL does what Sky says said:

A "Rugby League Heritage Trail" could be set up for those visitors from abroad of all significant places in the history of RL. 

For example, in Oldham there is a blue plaque on the offices which were used by Joseph Platt to run the new organisation when he became the first secretary of the RFL following the meeting at George Hotel (ie The original version of "Red Hall").

He is also buried in Chadderton cemetery in Oldham ... perhaps a publicity idea for players of some teams to go there and honour one of the key men who started it all.

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Thank you fir this info. Much appreciated. 

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The history of the George is amazing.but it was hardly impressive 

When it was in a dingy basement it was a.bit meh 

The town itself isn't even a rugby town anyway 

It's like the attachment to odsal bc fifty years ago it got 120k there 

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4 hours ago, NOS4A2 said:

The RFL should have purchased The George Hotel decades ago. With a decent refit they could have kept 40 High End rooms, had office and meeting facilities and the Museum. 

When I was there last the room that housed the museum/memorabilia was full to bursting and there was stuff they couldn't show

I'd guess that with all the extra memorabilia that could be shown, plus it seems that the Huddersfield Heritage also have memorabilia of their own that could be added? Huddersfield would seem like the obvious choice

I'd have an expanded museum and cafe downstairs and then apartments/hotel rooms upstairs whichever works best to bring some income in. The cafe area should be of sufficient size to be used for special RL-related events  

A blue plaque trail is a good idea and link it to decent pubs - the Kings Head and Head of Steam are good places to start

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11 hours ago, Angelic Cynic said:

  The governing body and Rugby League Cares seem to have Bradford organised - with private investment added.

   https://www.rugbyleaguecares.org/what-we-do/heritage/national-rugby-league-museum/

Don't know how old this link is, somebody put up a link to a BBC article about having the museum in Bradford but that's nearly 4 years old. I agree with the fact Huddersfield isn't a Rugby town as much but the George Hotel is a historical landmark for our sport that needs to be used. 

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The last time I was in Huddersfield last Easter I spoke to the Vermin control man outside the George Hotel & he told me its full of pigeon plus the roof is knackered due to the lead been nicked years ago, reckoned it would never be reopened in time for the Rugby World cup??

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20 hours ago, Bostik Bailey said:

It appears on Sky’s COBRA drama series

Jeez i thought i saw it but convinced myself otherwise. Hope its ok after that fire.........

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This was  posted  last Jan  - shows the old museum downstairs ..

 

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The owners left in a hurry didn't they? Still had part drunk pints of beer on the bar, and it also looks as though a refurb of bedrooms was started. New mattresses stored etc

The hotel changed hands a couple of times in terms of which hotel chain they belonged to before it closed - Bespoke hotels was one I think. 

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