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Staff at Ardsley House work last shift

By Lynsey Bradford, Town Reporter Friday 18th July 2014
Pd55143-1 Staff mark Ardsley House closure

STAFF at Ardsley House will work their last shift today as the hotel closes its doors.

The final function for waitress Marlene Lancaster, who has worked there for 20 years, was a ladies' luncheon held yesterday.

Marlene, 69, of Cumberland Drive, Ardsley, has served celebrities including Cilla Black and Leo Sayer, footballers, and countless businessmen and women.


Marlene said: "I'm very sad about how it has turned out. We've had some really good times and served some lovely people. We've had some really lovely bosses too."

The hotel's former owner Forestdale Hotels went into administration in March and the company was bought by St James's Hotel Group which announced the closure following a review to assess its viability.


** The full story, including some fond memories from staff, appears in the Barnsley Chronicle, dated July 18. **

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Posted by Gaby Pond I Fri 18th Jul 2014 at 10:18am

Its a real shame. One of the nicest hotels in the area.

Posted by sue halloway I Fri 18th Jul 2014 at 7:01pm

It is a shame this is closed me and my husband ashad some nice hols and met some nice people and made lots of friends we found all staff great been holidaying at ardsley over 5 yrs love to you all inwhat ever you do any body no what is going to happen tohotel love sue roger halloway in blackpool x x

Posted by Jo I Sun 20th Jul 2014 at 1:53pm

Ode to a Legend. Ardsley House.

Now in my early seventies and retired from the hotel industry, I look back on my 5 or so years at Ardsley House as the happiest years of my working life. The number of friends made, both staff and guests, will remain with me always. Hard work, crazy work schedules and awkward customers come to mind.The many original Georgian features helped to make a wonderful place in which to work.The enigmatic night porters, Newman and Olly became legends in their own lifetime. From Paolo Morganti, the perfectionist manager, the suave Frenchman, Chris Allin, Joss Gibson with ever an eye on the accounts and David Petherbridge were all managers with very different styles but all helped me to become the competent manager myself. Their influences eventually lead me to becoming the licensee of the Crown and Anchor (White House).

Having read in the Chronicle that Ardsley House was closing last Friday I made a last pilgrimage to see the old place. What a mistake. She was an old lady sadly decaying and inside I can only describe the smell as that of a building dying.

My wish is that she has a dignified end and that the ghost of old Mrs Micklethwaite can now rest in peace. Yes she was real as many guests can testify.

Perhaps, if badly needed affordable housing were built on the site, she will not have died in vain. Better that than having to watch what was a beautiful and graceful building sink into decay. Thanks for the memories.

Jo Law (Now Crayton)