WHEN work finished on the transformation of the former Lamb Hotel in
Hospital Street into a restaurant, shops and 19 apartments, it brought a welcome
breath of fresh air to Church Lane,
replacing a run-down rear yard, with a tin roof visible over the wall,
with a pleasing apartments block.
It was also a far more pleasing area
next to the church, which is one of the town's main visitor attractions
- as well as its importance as a place of worship.
The front part of the old building
(abve) retains the
I had imagined that just the very front wall of the Lamb Hotel would be
preserved, but the whole front section has been saved for posterity.
of the building, local company
Property, said in an advertisement in The Nantwich Chronicle back in
early 2004, that they "were very keen to retain
as much of the Lamb Hotel building as we could, but had to replace the
middle section of the hotel and the rear section which was little more
than a tin roof."
Why Chatterton House? I have to confess I didn't know this, but
apparently William Chatterton, a groom to Queen Mary, was granted a
licence to keep a tavern on the site in 1552. The present building - a
Grade II listed
building - is 18th Century.
I did know that there is supposed to be a tunnel running to the Lamb
Hotel site from the adjacent St Mary's Parish Church (or, more
presumably as an escape route for the
Rectors in more troubled times. How true that is I don't know.
The development includes two- and three-bedroom luxury
apartments - including a duplex penthouse,
Nantwich has quite a
number of coffee shops now, but all seem to be thriving so the people of
the town and
around, and the visitors, must have quite a taste for the
Prices for the apartments
started at £190,000, and while - soon after the properties went on
to the market - all were snapped up, some apartments came back on to
the market because (presumably) of changing circumstances of the
original buyers. According to the Nantwich Guardian at the time of
the complete sell-out, there were five unsuccessful people for every
page is not meant to be an advertisement for Chatterton House or Muller,
but anything that improves a run-down site in historic Nantwich is to be
welcomed and worthy of mention.
Church Lane was closed
for quite a bit of the conversion work, and motorists had to use the
alternative entrance to the car park. The builders' yard also stood on
the car park, occupying some of the spaces.
During the work, there was
still pedestrian access, but wedding cars and hearses had to use Churchyardside
on the north front of St Mary's Church, with a slightly longer journey on foot for wedding parties and
Pedestrians had a very circuitous route around the builders'
yard at times. At other times they could walk straight down Church Lane,
according to how the work was progressing and what "plant" such as
cranes were on site.
Chatterton House has proved a welcome addition to the area. Much better than
the "tin shed" that used to be there . . . !
the months of the transformation work began I ran the latest pictures of the site at
its various stages on this page. These are now filed away in "The Brough
Collection" but I have retrieved a few to tell the story of the
somewhere that the entrance to the car park in Church Lane used to be the site of
(two?) cottages and later a free church with the present car park as its
churchyard. The car park exit is further along Hospital Street.