Hopes to rebuild
The owners of a Grade II listed hotel in Essex which
was devastated by a fire hope to rebuild the site.
More than 70 firefighters tackled the blaze at Orsett
Hall, in Orsett, on Friday, which reduced much of
the building to rubble.
The stairs of a fire escape are among the only surviving
features of the 300-year-old building.
Demolition experts are attending the site, which
is a popular wedding and conference venue in the region.
Crews were withdrawn from inside the hotel at the
height of the blaze because of safety fears.
A safety cordon remains around the building following
The hotel said on its website: "The owners' intentions
are to rebuild the gold room, the blue room and the
"Work on the Grahame Thomas Pavilion will restart
"Orsett Hall will not be lost to history."
Events planned for the hotel have been moved to another
The building was the family seat of the Whitmores
- Lt Col Whitmore, who later became Sir Francis Whitmore.
King George VI planted the oak tree in the Hall's
ground to commemorate a visit in 1948 and the Queen
Mother and Princess Margaret stayed in Orsett Hall's