Tyne and Wear HER(15797): Newcastle, Neville Street, Royal Station Hotel, billiard room - Details
Newcastle, Neville Street, Royal Station Hotel, billiard room
In 1893 the North East Station Hotel's billiard room was sumptuously refurbished. It featured colourful glazed terracotta decoration by the Leeds firm Burmantofts. Only the ceiling tiles now survive. The building is now Destination Bar. Billiards, a French game that had been played in Britain since at least the 16th century, was especially popular in the 19th century. Bespoke rooms were fitted out in pubs, working mens' institutes, gentlemen's clubs, private mansions and hotels.
Lynn Pearson, 2010, Played in Tyne and Wear - Charting the heritage of people at play, p 17