PHOTOS OF THE HISTORIC ROYAL HOTEL GRAHAMSTOWN    THAMES NEW ZEALAND      1904---2016
Here I will endeavor to put up photographs of the HISTORIC ROYAL HOTEL in her heyday, when THAMES  was a booming thriving Gold rich mining town.
Below a kind person has very generously donated this photo to the site, it shows a smart bunch of Naval  volunteers taken outside a very busy looking ROYAL HOTEL GRAMHAMSTOWN THAMES NZ IN c1919?.
If anyone has any old Royal Hotel photos I would be very appreciative if you would kindly share your treasure with us, photos of the old ROYAL HOTEL THAMES NZ are very scarce, which is a pity as she was/and is a lovely example of a rare Historic Edwardian hutch building, which has been neglected and  plundered mercilessly over the past years. So please if you have any photos of this amazing piece of THAMES HISTORY, just send me a jpeg of the photo/photos and I will put online with credits to you,such a lovely historical building must not be allowed to disappear into obscurity, thank you
Here can be seen clearly the lovely ornate fretwork on the veranda facing Brown Street which has all disappeared over the years, good news folks it may be coming soon back......look at the folk on top veranda, probably staff in the white aprons and a few guests..the little grocery shop that was on right of the ROYAL has now been  replaced by a house, which is still there today in 2013.
to be continued.....
THAMES NAVAL VOLUNTEERS OUTSIDE ROYAL HOTEL GRAHAMSTOWN THAMES-c1895
Historic Royal Hotel Thames NZ, Williamson St., frontage veranda detail showing pretty fancy fretwork ..now long gone......Band Rotunda Victoria Park near the Historic Royal Hotel Thames NZ,which would have been very popular with visitors and townsfolk being adjacent to the Grahamstown wharf,  Railway, and other Hotels in the area. .A once very busy Royal Hotel Kitchen coalrange chimney pot, now long gone! The  kitchen was as bare as a paupers cupboard when I saw in in 2001,totally stripped.Historic Royal Hotel taken from the old Lady Bowen Hotel Brown St Thames NZ, at this particular time she looked really really tatty!, with a rotten rusty red roof, and scabby weatherboards.The Historic Royal Hotel Thames NZ  looking very grand  in the golden days of the Thames Gold Rush, looking quite properous indeed by the cars ouside., The  Historic Royal Hotel  looking elegant &  beautiful, with long verandas with fancy fretwork, in the golden days of the Thames  Gold rush with carriages and buggys evident for guests and visitors!A Victorian cast iron roll top bath such as  would have graced the Royal Hotel's bathrooms.This shows the wood panels in the Royal Hotel Thames NZ  which is/was very much part of the old Royal Hotels decor, I remember the  main foyer and hallway leading off, looking very empty but grand  with the imposing staircase leading to the top storey and dark panelled wood! copyright H.G BlomfieldVictorian toilet, the Royal Hotel's toilets, basins, baths had all vanished by 2001, but this would have been similiar.The case of the disappearing Hotel Royal's old veranda fretwork, which happily is going to be remade sometime in the future, bringing a bit of past glory back  to the Historic building  once againOne of the old  Historic Hotel Royal's handmade wooden handles, amazing craftmanship! relic of a bygone age
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 HG BLOMFIELD  2009Photo  of the Historic Royal Hotel Thames taken by me 2008, some upgrading repair is evident
copyright H.G.Blomfield 2009Photo  of The Historic Royal Hotel Grahamstown Thames, Williamson street entrance taken by me in 2008
copyright H.G.Blomfield2009The original beautiful ornate  kauri Royal Hotel staircase minus its newel post, which somehow vanished during period from  2002/2008.Down stairs Bathroom door  past the main kitchen Royal Hotel Grahamstown Thames NZ 2009Club Room door to the right of main foyer towards Brown Street entrance. here I notice all the big brass handles off all the Hotel's  double doors are missing. Royal Hotel Grahamstown Thames 2009The 'Commercial Room' door  is opposite the'Ladies drawing room', corridor to the left of main foyer,I notice the fancy round handles are all  gone off the Royal doors..Royal Hotel Grahamstown Thames 2009The Royal Hotel's 'Ladies drawing room ' door just  along from the main foyer to your left. Doors round handle gone copyright 2009Room No 23 upstairs.This little rest room is just off the main downstairs huge kitchen,bare except for a hole where the pipe went.. The kitchen still sports its cream painted wooden walls , still looks beautifully  original till its gibed..2009 One complete original fireplace left in the Royal Hotel Grahamstown Thames and complete with its  fancy coloured  tiles, how lovely the Royal Hotel must have been it her heydays......2009Imposing brass plate, Royal HOTEL Foyer Thames NZ 2009The odd little upstairs  room that juts out, in olden days there used to be a stairway down to yard, so maybe it was a upstairs laundry.Royal Hotel Grahamstown Thames NZ 2009Royal Hotel roof maintenance, getting the treament before a paint job..Original Grahamstown band retounda which would have been very popular with the guests of the Royal Hotel 2009Staircase detail Historic Royal Hotel NZ 2009detail staircase Historic Royal Hotel 2009Solitary brick under the floor boards where the original  newel post was ,over a hundred years of history... Royal Hotel Grahamstown Thames NZ 2009J Lobet Nimes France,& P Sayer  Rotorua, tidy backyard looking  great!, lot of hard work has gone into transformation  it was literally a dump of long grass and  blocked toilet refuse.High fence shuts off the spectacle of  rusting bits of iron  momentos from Price's manafacturing days c 2009The Club Room  adjacent to the main lounge which faces on to Brown Street
Royal Hotel Grahamstown Thames 2009 c2001 rotten boards, Williamsson Street frontage, Royal Hotel Thames NZWhat a transformation! gone are the weeds and grass of years & years of neglect...Royal Hotel Grahamstown Thames looking great after a lot of hard work! 2009.The odd little room at back upstairs, this had stairs leading down to the backyard in old photos of the ROYAL  HOTEL, maybe laundry/loo? a quaint quirky piece of history.If anyone knows more info on Royal Hotel please tell us. Thames 2008/9 copyright H.G.Blomfield,Old Erricson  wall  telephone c HGBOne of my old phnesVictorian counter  bell with cast iron fancy moulded bass
c HGBThe underside of a handmade   green painted wooden bathroom handle,  see above, Historic Royal Hotel Grahamstown Thames NZ 2009The historic Royal Hotel photographed when it was part of the Grahamstown tours c 2001
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The date on this photo above is incorrect as the ROYAL HOTEL  as pictured  above was built in 1904, could be possibly 1914?
AS THE OLD HISTORIC EDWARDIAN HUTCH ROYAL HOTEL IS SUCH AN IMPORTANT PART OF THE GOLDMINING HISTORY OF THAMES NZ, I WOULD BE EXTREMELY  GRATEFUL TO ANYONE  WHO WOULD KINDLY SHARE ONLINE WITH US ANY INFORMATION/PHOTOS RE  THE OLD ROYAL HOTEL GRAHAMSTOWN THAMES NZ......
THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
My painting of the old LADY BOWEN TAVERN situated  along from the  HOTEL, in GRAHAMSTOWN THAMES, she used to be in the GOLD mining days of Thames....it is now a back packers....a friend who used to work there said during the big floods the water came up to the window sills...
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