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In the light of the government announcement of March 20th, all pubs are now closed until further notice.

Some of them may well still be offering a takeaway beer service and some others will also be selling food takeaways, perhaps even with delivery. If you can give any of our pubs some support through these terrible times by buying some takeaway food or drink, please do so. Our pubs need as much support of possible if they're going to still be there for us when the crisis is over.

Lowestoft Empire Hotel

Lowestoft Empire Hotel

Closed about 1915.

opened July 1900

Kirkley Cliff Rd

grid reference TM 542 914

When built, this hotel was reputedly one of the finest in England, fitted with electric lighting and lifts to all floors, a library and restaurants. It was also said to have had as many rooms as days of the year and could accommodate over 300 guests.

It was also listed at Kirkley, in 1900.

During the Great War it was converted into a hospital for troops and afterwards was acquired by the Metropolitan Asylum Board and used as a sanatorium from 1921. The converted building began operation on 9th May 1922 as St Luke's hospital and provided 200 beds for adult surgical TB cases. St Luke's finally closed in about 1955.

The building was subsequently demolished in 1958.

It's shown on this old OS map from about the end of the 19th century. larger map

old OS map

Map

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Gallery

Footnote

(some of these details from a book "A century of Lowestoft" by Ian G. Robb published in 1999 by Sutton Publishing)

(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)

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