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The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Nelson, Marlborough & Westland Provincial Districts]



The Grosvenor Hotel (W. W. Middleton, proprietor), Blenheim. This excellent hotel, which is one of the most popular in the province, is situated in a central position in High Street, almost opposite Seymour Squqre. The business was established in the year 1880 by Captain Priddle; but the building was subsequently burned down, and afterwards rebuilt, and the present commodious house was renovated in 1905. The “Grosvenor” is a two-storied building of wood and iron, stands on a concrete foundation, and possesses a frontage of about 150 feet. There are over thirty rooms, including four public and two private sitting rooms, a commercial room, a large dining room, about twenty bedrooms, and two bathrooms with hot and cold water laid on. The bar room, which is a well-appointed apartment, is stocked at all times with the very best brands of ales, spirits, and wines. There is also large stabling and paddocking accommodation. The whole business is under the personal supervision of Mr. Middleton, who exercises scrupulous care in attending to the needs and wishes of his numerous guests. The Grosvenor Hotel is used as the meeting place of the clubs, societies and associations of the district.

Mr. Walter Ward Middleton , Proprietor of the Grosvenor Hotel, was born in Staffordshire, England, educated at Sydney College, Bath, and in France, and subsequently went to
Macey, photo.Mr. W. W. Middleton.

Macey, photo.
Mr. W. W. Middleton.

sea in the merchant service. After gaining his second mate's certificate, he left the sea, and in the year 1879 came to New Zealand in the ship “Euterpe.” He spent a few months in harvesting, and then bought an hotel at Opunake, in Taranaki, which he successfully conducted for about twenty years. In 1895, he sold out, and took a trip to England, but on his return he re-purchased the hotel and conducted it till 1899, when he again sold out and took over the “Grosvenor.” Mr. Middleton was for some time a member of the committee of the Blenheim Racing Club.