The hotel famously burnt down in November 1966.

A clipping from the Echo at the time show the then owners, Maurice Hewlett and wife Audrey, escaped over the building’s ballroom flat.

They then climbed down a painter’s ladder, minutes before the building exploded into flames.

Sixty firefighters from Romsey, Eastleigh, West End, Sutton Scotney, Winchester and Twyford brought the fire under control.

According to another clipping from the Echo in January 1969, the rebuilding work was due to be completed by May that year.