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Title: The Bell Hotel Leicester
Post by: TINAHARRISON on 21:37:32, 30/09/11
Anyone who has information of the Bell Hotel Leicester or worked there during the 1960's I would love to hear from you ansd if you have any pics/photos even better!
Title: Re: The Bell Hotel Leicester
Post by: flyer on 13:46:25, 02/10/11
all the ones Iknew are dead even my Mother who drank the place dry on many a night,I sort of think she was pickled from all that Gin because she lived to 90
Title: Re: The Bell Hotel Leicester
Post by: TINAHARRISON on 22:49:55, 06/10/11
Does any one remember the BELL HOTEL in Leicester......demolished in 1970(I think)
 
Title: Re: The Bell Hotel Leicester
Post by: Johned on 14:05:42, 11/10/11
The Bell Hotel epitomised to me one of those things typical of the quality of life.  Back in the fifties when I was wont to patronize the old place, I used to relax on one of the commodious sofas therein and quietly enjoy my libations in comparitive peace!
Title: Re: The Bell Hotel Leicester
Post by: TINAHARRISON on 23:05:31, 15/10/11
HI,
Thanks for your feed back. Do you know if there are any web sites in relation to the Bell Hotel or reference books? Tina
 
Title: Re: The Bell Hotel Leicester
Post by: Jan on 07:01:43, 28/10/11
Tina
I do remember The Bell Hotel. It stood in Humberstone Gate opposite Lewis' and even had a cobbled forecourt when the mail coaches coming from London (in times gone by) could pull in for travellors to alight and where ostlers changed horses. There were stabling areas also.
My memories of Leicester go back to pre late 1960-1970 era when traffic was allowed through there and even round the clocktower. Actually it was quite a ride in a double decker to get around the Clock Tower and many times I wondered how the drivers didnt topple into it.
I often walked through that way to and from school in the 50's (that was in Elbow Lane) and the Corporation Buses all used to drop off and pick up outside Lewis's Store. It used to become quite a bottle neck and those double decker buses belonging to the Corporation were a maroon and cream compared to the Leicester City Transport buses that were bright red.
Regards and thanks for taking me down memory lane for a few brief minutes.
Jan xxx
 
Title: Re: The Bell Hotel Leicester
Post by: TINAHARRISON on 11:53:13, 28/10/11
hi Jan,
thanks for the detailed description! I also remember Lewis's however was only a baby when the Bell was pulled down. I am currently searching for a person who worked there as a junior chef but not having much luck. Did you ever go in to the Bell? I have heard that it was some what 'upper class? I have also spent time looking for pictures but there are only 2 on the internet! It would be great to hear from any one who worked there around 1968/69. Thanks again for your input.
Kind regards
Tina
Title: Re: The Bell Hotel Leicester
Post by: grapes on 21:43:41, 16/12/11
I remember going past the Bell on the morning after the night of the Police Ball in the early 1960s. There were crates, glasses and bottles piled high over the pavement. It was well known that in pre-breathalyzer days the Police Ball was the booziest do of the year (it even beat the Licensed Victuallers Ball and that took some doing). And of course they all drove home afterwards. Sometimes people forget that you could be done for drunken driving even in those days. But I doubt that anyone was on that night.

A few years later (breathalyzer now in force) I moved to a town and started a job where is was customary to take lunch at the pub across the road from the main police station. The bike traffic cops used to come in for their lunches too which usually included a couple of pints, before going out on duty. Not much changes.



Title: Re: The Bell Hotel Leicester
Post by: sssssssssnake on 22:53:17, 22/12/11
my Mate Colin Hall was a porter there in  mid 60's
Title: Re: The Bell Hotel Leicester
Post by: TINAHARRISON on 20:24:51, 22/02/12
Hi,
Me again!dont seem to be having much luck in terms of finding photos of the Bell Hotel which was knocked down in early 70's! anyone know of any books ,newspaper clippings,other media stuff or anything else(basically!) Thourght that the internet would be the path way to all of my curiosities in relation to this well to do hotel, however the search continues!!!Wish me luck and share any ideas please!!!!
Title: Re: The Bell Hotel Leicester
Post by: Rodders on 16:01:56, 23/02/12
I only have one if that's any good to you.


Title: Re: The Bell Hotel Leicester
Post by: the_motownman on 22:37:58, 11/03/12
i remember it well. i have one of the brass door handles from it. such a shame that whole block is gone. all in the name of progress. i call it the rape of our once wonderfull town center. not much of Leicester left now.
Title: Re: The Bell Hotel Leicester
Post by: Colin on 22:53:38, 18/03/12
There are a few photos of the Bell Hotel on the My Leicestershire History website in the Vanished Leicester section.
Title: Re: The Bell Hotel Leicester
Post by: TINAHARRISON on 23:03:34, 26/03/12
Hi sssssssssssssssssnake,
Thanks for the info, is your mate still with us? if so did he work with a steve kelly around that time and what was is like in relation to working in such a hotel? decor, people, roomsect
Title: Re: The Bell Hotel Leicester
Post by: TINAHARRISON on 23:07:52, 26/03/12
i remember it well. i have one of the brass door handles from it. such a shame that whole block is gone. all in the name of progress. i call it the rape of our once wonderfull town center. not much of Leicester left now.

My goodness what a great thing to have! I have looked endlessly on the net for any items for saale from that The Bell. How did you manage to get hold of them?
Title: Re: The Bell Hotel Leicester
Post by: the_motownman on 23:15:16, 26/03/12
a relative worked on the demolition of most of leicester. he gat it from one of the other lads that was collecting bit for scrap.
Title: Re: The Bell Hotel Leicester
Post by: dave wainwright on 23:24:52, 15/01/13
I worked as a commis chef in the 60s..
under a great head chef ..Mike Dean-Smith
it was a great hotel in those days
would love to hear from anyone who worked there..
Title: Re: The Bell Hotel Leicester
Post by: TINAHARRISON on 17:49:23, 02/02/13
hi...very interested in any information at all that you remember about the bell...i have been looking for a steve kelly? may have also been a chef in 1968....possibly left in 1969...played the guitar....links to london....do you remember him?also do you know if there are any records with regards to the owner...if you have any photos at all that would be great! have a look on my other searches as i have hadsome feeda back that you may find interesting...also ther are records of the land lords too!! this is a personal and very special search...any help....memories...pics..people would surely help to build the peices that are currently missing from a huge puzzle! hope to keep in touch...happy searching and welcome to leicester fo forum!!!
Title: Re: The Bell Hotel Leicester
Post by: dave wainwright on 20:46:18, 02/02/13
Hi Tina sorry i cant remember the name...then again its a long time ago...but if i do remember correctly there was a Steve who worked in the pastry section....
at that time the hotel was owned by Trust House.which became trust house forte...
i remember the second chef was named Bill...and came from Antigua..his brother was also the breakfast chef..
there was also a little kitchen porter called Ali....worked ever hour there was apart from when he was praying...lol
if i remember  correctly the head waiter was called Mr Glass.
i do remember a couple of waitresses...one called Jayne Hisllop who was crowned the Miss Rose Of England
at the old palace ballroom..
and another called Doreen Hale who's father owned a garage/service station on the roundabout in Syston..
if you have any other names id love to hear ...may just jog the old memory..
oh that reminds me there was a waiter there was a waiter Mike...Hungarian
who spent most of his spare time at the hungary I coffee shop in charles street..

Title: Re: The Bell Hotel Leicester
Post by: TINAHARRISON on 15:43:44, 03/02/13
hi dave..thanks for that information!can you remember what year it was and i know it must be difficult to think that far back but was the steve a leicester lad do you recall? i think i may get in  with the trust house forte as i am  that they may have records of employees....wish me luck...will keep you posted!!!
Title: Re: The Bell Hotel Leicester
Post by: TINAHARRISON on 15:56:50, 03/02/13
these are the names that i have found who were apparently land lords...living there!
hope it jogs some memories....gurtrude and harold fredrick slade?richard strong?frank hillas?joseph bryne?steve.w.bull? George and Margaret freeman...let me know if they ring any bells!!!
Title: Re: The Bell Hotel Leicester
Post by: dave wainwright on 19:01:52, 03/02/13
Yes the freemans were the managers....and it would have been 1966/67/68.....the chef left and went to work at the Pomme Dor hotel in jersey....
if i remember trust house forte were taken over by grand metrepolatain hotels
ive been trying to remember and i think there was a assistant chef called Hodgson
and there was another called Dave who i do remember as he dropped a large pan of boiling rice allover himself as he slipped on the wet floor...
LOL...funny things that you remember when you start thinking....
and one of the assistant managers (rather overweight) ended up as the manager of the trust house in aberyswith(dont know how to spell it)
Title: Re: The Bell Hotel Leicester
Post by: TINAHARRISON on 22:13:21, 03/02/13
it all sounds like you have fond memories! the chef that left...was it steve kelly?
Title: Re: The Bell Hotel Leicester
Post by: TINAHARRISON on 22:54:28, 03/02/13
another person you may have remembered....n hall(a porter)
Title: Re: The Bell Hotel Leicester
Post by: dave wainwright on 00:00:45, 04/02/13
Sorry but Steve Kelly doesnt ring a bell
neither does hall..
I had a great time working there...
trying to remember and i think there was a Steve
who worked in the dry stores...
he had a handle bar moustache

Title: Re: The Bell Hotel Leicester
Post by: TINAHARRISON on 14:58:01, 04/02/13
hi..handlebar moustache hey!!! not sure if steve kelly had one of those haha..as i dont have a clue what he looked like its difficult to say fore sure!although i do know that he lived there...a small room on the ground  floor around the back..he was niffty on the guitar...was from posh stock..possibly  londoner.....and as i believe he was  trainee chef was told of an incident when he cut his finger(chopping something)and revelled that he had a rare blood group(strange i know but this may be a clue)thanks for sharing your stories...they are so funny! for me this search is a needle in a haystack...to say the least!!!so if you do happen to g we t in touch with any of your old work pals...bear me in . mind!
happy searching!!!kind regards tina
Title: Re: The Bell Hotel Leicester
Post by: dave wainwright on 18:41:56, 04/02/13
If i do remember anything ill get intouch although i doubt that will happen these days i need things to jog my memory
with you mentioning the guitar there is something there but its just not clicking but one never knows...
there was quite a few staff rooms out the back....sought of between the hotel and the garage...
 
Title: Re: The Bell Hotel Leicester
Post by: TINAHARRISON on 17:41:30, 05/02/13
well...fingers crossed ..they say that our memories regress as we get older and recall early memories!!!! keep in touch...all the best!!!
Title: Re: The Bell Hotel Leicester
Post by: TINAHARRISON on 20:06:04, 07/02/13
thanks..i will have a look!
Title: Re: The Bell Hotel Leicester
Post by: TINAHARRISON on 20:37:19, 07/02/13
does John burns ring a bell??apparently he was the boiler man at the bell!!
Title: Re: The Bell Hotel Leicester
Post by: dave wainwright on 20:43:15, 07/02/13
Hi Tina ...No sorry cant remember that name
Title: Re: The Bell Hotel Leicester
Post by: TINAHARRISON on 21:00:35, 07/02/13
apologies  was joe burns!!!he didnt mix with the staff!so not surprised you dont recall him. i found some great photos of the bell...including the garage at the back!
Title: Re: The Bell Hotel Leicester
Post by: dave wainwright on 21:22:27, 07/02/13
The garage was run by a relative of Garry Power...(Engelbert Humperdink)...if thats how you spell it...lol
he used to come and fill his car with petrol all the time..
there was also an older chef who did all the grilling...his name was Frank,,
Can i ask did you work there????
Title: Re: The Bell Hotel Leicester
Post by: TINAHARRISON on 18:26:41, 08/02/13
hi..no i didnt work there infact it was demolished shortly after i was born. As i stated my intention is to find steve kelly(who seems to have disappeared!) although i love to hear about the bell and over this past year..have become quite fond of it!wish i could have seen it..i think it must have been lovely when it was first built!!am thinking of making a scrap book of the information i have found...and continue to find!!!it is so interesting..love buildings...


think i may have to get in touch with mr humperdink haha...you will have to have a look at the photos on leicestershirehistory web site!!! :) they  really quite good!i think that you ould like them...it may also jog a few more memories???? ::)
Title: Re: The Bell Hotel Leicester
Post by: TINAHARRISON on 23:40:27, 16/02/13
have found a bell hotel luggage tag...in america!
Title: Re: The Bell Hotel Leicester
Post by: librarian on 15:09:28, 19/02/13
Ive only found a page on Facebook with pictures, I guess most of you might know about it. It looked nice, shame that it was demolished.
Title: Re: The Bell Hotel Leicester
Post by: TINAHARRISON on 22:35:42, 19/02/13
yep have seen those ones....its crazy how such a huge building appears to have little recorded recognition!!! maybe i am looking in the wrong place haha :)
Title: Re: The Bell Hotel Leicester
Post by: Bob Spencer on 18:13:35, 28/04/13
Hi Dave,

I worked at the Bell in the 60's in the restaurant under Mr. Glass.  I was second head waiter after Frank Wright.  Don Barr and Ray Voltro (not sure of spelling) were lounge waiters.  Other staff I remember were Merrill Gordon and his brother Cecil (both in kitchen) also Ali the k.p. and Steve Bull - worked in the stores.
Dining room staff I can think of are Richard Tuck, Les Townsend, Bill Thompson, Bob Lewis (who I would really like to catch up with), Mrs. Cobley and Rose Hisllop and her daughters Jayne and Amanda(?), Robbie Robson and Jimmy the Turk.  The night porters were Old Jim and Young Jim.  Receptionists Jill Owen and Liz Lumby.  Douglas Hildreth was bell boy.
I do have photos of early days staff parties which I could copy if required.

Bob Spencer
Title: Re: The Bell Hotel Leicester
Post by: dave wainwright on 21:34:08, 28/04/13
Hi Bob..
  I do remember your name.
 yes i worked in the kitchen with Mike Dean-Smith, John Hobley ..Ali who did the veg
a guy called Frank who was on the grill....Bill the second chef and his brother who
did the breakfast and larder...
   Looking back I was a Cheeky little bugger in them days...lol
I used to go out with Jayne Hisllop....and a young casual waitress called Doreen Hale
from Syston..
After the Bell i went with Mike to Jersey C.I.
I lived in Wigston at the time...
I remember there was a big assistant manager who years later i met up with in aberyswith.
ive got some very fond memories of the Bell and would love some photos if you wouldnt mind.
Ive got my own small motel and restaurant now out here in Australia
lol...cant give up cooking...
all the best...Dave
Title: Re: The Bell Hotel Leicester
Post by: flyer on 02:45:47, 29/04/13
apologies  was joe burns!!!he didnt mix with the staff!so not surprised you dont recall him. i found some great photos of the bell...including the garage at the back!
So heres the story ,Joe Burns was selling ice cream from horse &cart in Sheffield when Italy came into the war came home a little bloody his cart had been turned over by some Sheffield rough mumberling i told them I was Irish begorra, to see the funny side u had to be there,hasty move to Leicester, he must have been boiler man at the Bell for at least 20 yrs,Oh did I tell u he ran off with my mother and all us kids got put in the hell hole they called Fullwood Homes  >:( >:(
Title: Re: The Bell Hotel Leicester
Post by: dave wainwright on 04:18:13, 29/04/13
Hi Tina..
  LOL..ive had nothing on this subject since you last contacted me till today and 2 in one day..
i got a message from a Bob Spencer who was the  second head waiter under Mr Glass..
He was saying he as some photos.im waiting to see if he passes them on..
i dont know if he as been intouch with you but if he sends them to me i will pass them on

Title: Re: The Bell Hotel Leicester
Post by: Bob Spencer on 10:16:13, 29/04/13
Hi Dave,

If you can forward me your e-mail address I will look out the photos and post copies on to you.

Any idea what happened to Bob Lewis?  Last time I saw him he was at Henlow Grange in Bedfordshire.

Best wishes,
Bob
Title: Re: The Bell Hotel Leicester
Post by: dave wainwright on 11:54:26, 29/04/13
Hi Bob..
  No sorry since i started looking you are the only ex-staff member
ive had contact with..
My e-mail address
[email protected]
the one  person i would love to hear about would be Mike Dean-Smith
who the last i heard had moved to Africa were he became the personnel
chef to president Kevin Kounda(if that is how you spell it)
and a chef who i didnt mention before called Dave who i remember
ending up in hospital after slipping on the floor and spilling rice allover himself
Funny how little things you remember..
AS for thinking about you ...tall short fair hair..if i remember right
Look forward to hearing from you
Dave
Title: Re: The Bell Hotel Leicester
Post by: Bob Spencer on 18:22:21, 29/04/13
Hi Dave,
Have tried to forward photos to the e-mail address you gave but for some reason it failed .... any ideas?
Bob
Title: Re: The Bell Hotel Leicester
Post by: dave wainwright on 23:55:03, 29/04/13
Hi Bob..
LOL..no idea thats my private address.. try
[email protected]
thats my business address

If you are interested you can google my motel and see it
its rather unique ...lol..it really is the diamond house

diamond house stawell victoria australia

do hope that address works
Cheers
Dave
Title: Re: The Bell Hotel Leicester
Post by: Bob Spencer on 00:20:07, 01/05/13
Just sent e-mail - I'd inadvertently typed "au" at end of your address so it was rejected.  Hope this time it gets to you!
Title: Re: The Bell Hotel Leicester
Post by: dave wainwright on 03:22:15, 01/05/13
Hi Bob.
    No they never arrived....[censored]!!!!
[email protected]     or
[email protected]
please give it another try id love to see them
but knowing my luck they wont come through

Cheers
Dave
Title: Re: The Bell Hotel Leicester
Post by: Bob Spencer on 20:43:54, 01/05/13
Hi Dave,
Just sent photos again - this time in single photo format and not as an album - also cc to diamond house!
Hope I've got it right this time!!!
Googled your restaurant/motel - quite iconic style!  Nice to see you have such good reviews too.
Regards,
Bob
Title: Re: The Bell Hotel Leicester
Post by: dave wainwright on 21:30:00, 01/05/13
Good morning Bob...
    Oh dear Just got out of bed...its 6.30am lol.. got brekkies this morning things never alter..
yes i got the photos they are great,,
i was scrolling down and came to the footy team and before i saw the names you were the only one
i deffinately recognised even though i would never have been able to put a name to it..
mind you werent things so different then...lol

Thanks
 Dave
Title: Re: The Bell Hotel Leicester
Post by: Bob Spencer on 18:57:53, 02/05/13
Hi Dave,

So glad that we had success at last !!!

Pleased to say that I have been retired for some time after a lifetime in catering in various shapes and sizes!!

Look forward to hearing from you again, perhaps better on home e-mail address.

Best wishes,
Bob
Title: Re: The Bell Hotel Leicester
Post by: TINAHARRISON on 10:48:41, 02/06/13
I have a Twitter [email protected]_hotel1...any member who have kindly shared their stories with me..I would greatly appreciate that you publish them on the page(didn't want to put them on with out your permission!) Thanks folks..enjoy the sunshine!!!! :D
Title: follow me..
Post by: TINAHARRISON on 00:21:22, 15/06/13
Hi..would appreciate your following on my new Twitter account. Some of you already know of my search for information about the bell hotel which was demolished in 1970. Unfortunately there doesn't seem to be much historical records in relation to the building or its staff(which I find  quite sad)so....with the help of modern technology..I have widened my search! Go on Twitter and search @bell_hotel1  and of course I will be mentioning the Leicester forum....because this is where it all began! Thanks  ;)  Tina
Title: Re: follow me..
Post by: flyer on 02:34:49, 15/06/13
well the only thing I know of Bell was Joe burns the boiler man at least 20 yrs and my mother drank the place dry of Gin LOL
Title: Re: The Bell Hotel Leicester
Post by: TINAHARRISON on 08:41:58, 23/06/13
 :2funny: thanks flyer...hope you are well?
Title: did you work at the bell hotel in Leicester????
Post by: TINAHARRISON on 23:38:00, 03/07/13
Were you a chef...bell boy..waiter at the bell hotel or know of anyone who may have been associated with it?
Title: chef???
Post by: TINAHARRISON on 22:23:21, 16/07/13
We're you a chef...bell boy at the bell hotel in 1968?
Title: still searching...
Post by: TINAHARRISON on 22:14:01, 31/07/13
Staff from the bell hotel????
Title: Re: The Bell Hotel Leicester
Post by: TINAHARRISON on 22:59:40, 16/02/14
Anyone who has information of the Bell Hotel Leicester or worked there during the 1960's I would love to hear from you ansd if you have any pics/photos even better!
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I have started writing my book ...memories of the Bell Hotel????step this way please. Thanx
Title: Re: The Bell Hotel Leicester.
Post by: bowbridge99 on 01:55:48, 17/02/14
Hello again Tina. I see you are keeping up the posts
Title: Re: The Bell Hotel Leicester
Post by: bowbridge99 on 01:58:27, 17/02/14
Hello again to flyer. I was sorry to hear you lost your sister
Title: Re: The Bell Hotel Leicester
Post by: TINAHARRISON on 23:10:19, 06/04/14
Hi guys..still searching for info on the Bell Hotel...please keep asking around!needing to gather as much as i can..for the book i am writing!thanks
Title: Re: The Bell Hotel Leicester
Post by: corrientes on 19:36:39, 03/12/16
Just happened to see this forum. My uncle was the manager there in the 1950's when I was very young. I can remember being given the run of the hotel when holiday there going everywhere I shouldn't have, including the kitchen where they made me lovely cakes. My uncle produced a wonderful blue decorated cake to celebrate Leicester winning either a cup or league championship.There was a market nearby which I used to love visiting. Wonderful memories.i think it was taken over by Trust House Forte.
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Post by: THarrison on 14:44:13, 01/01/17
Hi
that's a lovely memory!  Can I ask for your uncles name? I have been searching for my birth father who worked there however sadly I have not been successful although I am hopeful that it may happen one day.
Anyone who has memories...pics with regard to the bell hotel or Steve kellyetc I would love to hear from you.
[email protected]
May 2017 bring happy times  :)

Title: Re: The Bell Hotel Leicester
Post by: David T on 21:44:17, 04/11/17
Anyone who has information of the Bell Hotel Leicester or worked there during the 1960's I would love to hear from you ansd if you have any pics/photos even better!
I worked at the Bell in the 60s when I was at catering college. I worked doing banquets. The Maigret d'Hotel was a Mr Glass. We got paid 12/6p per night but after the meal finished we were allowed to become wine waiters until midnight, we didn't get paid but we made fantastic tips and some of the older boys and girls ripped off the toffs by charging for drinks they didn't have. I was only 17 and after work there were no trains or buses so I hitch hiked home to Sileby.
Title: Re: The Bell Hotel Leicester
Post by: Tina Harrison on 00:30:03, 11/11/17
Hi David
Many thanks for that i am interested in gaining some more information. I am searching for a Steve Kelly who may also have worked as a trainee chef...he lived at the back of the Bell...played the guitar. If you recall someone of that name...or have any pics or if you can think of any other names of those who worked there it would be greatly appreciated.
Tina
Title: Re: The Bell Hotel Leicester
Post by: Tina Harrison on 07:53:49, 13/11/17
I worked at the Bell in the 60s when I was at catering college. I worked doing banquets. The Maigret d'Hotel was a Mr Glass. We got paid 12/6p per night but after the meal finished we were allowed to become wine waiters until midnight, we didn't get paid but we made fantastic tips and some of the older boys and girls ripped off the toffs by charging for drinks they didn't have. I was only 17 and after work there were no trains or buses so I hitch hiked home to Sileby.
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Post by: Rudi on 09:03:04, 20/08/18
I worked at the Bell Hotel as waiter and I remember very well Mr Glass, the restaurant manager. The hotel was a testimony of the old Trust House standards. I went then to work at the Post House and certainly that was not the case.
Title: Re: The Bell Hotel Leicester
Post by: Tina Harrison on 17:45:59, 21/08/18
Any other names come to mind? I'm searching for a Steve Kelly who worked and lived there for a short while probably in his late 60s now..he may have been from London...described as a bit of a hippy!and played the guitar too...May have been a commis chef or bell boy.
Any help is much appreciated!