Chichester hotel name change causes anger

The Ship on North Street has been taken over and renamed the  Chichester Harbour Hotel
The Ship on North Street has been taken over and renamed the Chichester Harbour Hotel

A change of name for an historic city hotel has angered residents.

The Ship Hotel in North Street has been taken over and rebranded as the Chichester Harbour Hotel.

Harbour Hotels bought the Grade II listed boutique hotel for more than £6m last November , and announced the new name last month.

“The Ship Hotel had been named such for nearly 80 years and for good reason as the former home of Admiral Sir George Murray, onetime captain of the Fleet to Admiral Nelson,” Richard Childs, Chichester Society chairman said in a letter to the Observer.

“The new name is particularly misleading as it gives the impression that the hotel is near Chichester Harbour.”

Alan Green, of Stockbridge Road, added: “This renaming of The Ship has simply been carried out in the name of corporate image since all the group’s hotels are called the ‘somethng’ Harbour, but renaming it The Chichester Harbour Hotel not only shows crass disregard for the city’s history, it is, like Lavant Hall, geographically inappropriate.”

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