The Grapes Hotel
Exchange Avenue, High Street Market

Two postcards showing the interior of ‘Ye Grotto’ at the Grapes Hotel in Exchange Avenue, I think Gracie Fields would have approved of the decor.  The Grapes was lost in the 1941 blitz.  The card showing H. G. Watjen as proprietor was posted in March 1916.

The Grapes

1844. Charles King
1852. Harriet King
1871. Marianne Adams
1877 - 78. A. Baynton
1880. S. Leach
1883. Alfred Marshall
1886. William Russell (jnr)
1893 - 94. Alred Marshall
1897. Alfred Adams
1899 - 1906. Thomas Bennett
1909 - 15. Herbert Watjen
1916. Albert Forbes

Ye Grotto

1917. Albert Forbes
1919. William Whitehead
1921 - 27. Albert Forbes
1928 - 38. Walter P. Rutter