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Gilsland Spa is the present-day name of a Co-operative hotel at Gilsland, Cumbria, England. It is named from the sulphurous spring which issues from a cliff below the hotel. A cooperative (also co-operative or co-op) comprises a legal entity owned and democratically controlled by its members, with no passive shareholders. ... Cumbria is a county in the North West region of England. ... Motto: (French for God and my right) Anthem: Multiple unofficial anthems Capital London Largest city London Official language(s) English (de facto) Government Constitutional monarchy  - Queen Queen Elizabeth II  - Prime Minister Tony Blair MP Unification    - by Athelstan AD 927  Area    - Total 130,395 km² (1st in UK)   50,346 sq...


The original hotel was called The Shaws (an old word meaning small areas of woodland) and was built around 1740. Very little is known about this building but one contemporary drawing suggests that it may have had a tower and may have been based upon a fortified house, known locally as a peel. The original Shaws hotel burned down spectacularly in 1859, and was replaced on a grander scale soon afterwards by G. G. Mounsey. Somewhere around this time, Rose Hill railway station was renamed Gilsland, and the surrounding collection of hamlets became the village of Gilsland, but the hotel continued to be called The Shaws until it was leased to the Gilsland Spa Hotel and Hydro Company of South Shields in 1893. Expensive renovations, including an improved water supply, crippled this company financially, and it failed in 1900. During its time the hotel has been a convalescent home and a wartime maternity hospital and was known locally until recently as "The Home". South Shields is a coastal town in South Tyneside, Tyne and Wear, England on the south bank of the mouth of the River Tyne, with a population of about 90,000. ...


The hotel has been a popular resort since the eighteenth century. Walter Scott came here in 1797 looking for a wife (and found one) and the opening of the railway station in 1836 galvanised the village. During the later part of the 19th century and the early 20th, Gilsland was thronged with tourists, many of whom were working-class people from Tyneside. Reviewers of the hotel repeatedly stress the free and easy way in which the different classes mixed. One of the main attractions, though for reasons no-one is prepared to admit, has been the Popping Stone an enigmatic stone some half a mile from the hotel in a secluded glade, linked to all sorts of courtship and fertility rituals. Next to the stone was the Kissing Bush, an ancient hawthorn which has sadly died. These relics and the two mineral springs (sulphurous and chalybeate) are situated along the network of wide footpaths known as the Home Walks which provide access to the rugged scenery of the hotel grounds. Portrait of Sir Walter Scott, by Sir Edwin Henry Landseer Sir Walter Scott, 1st Baronet (15 August 1771 – 21 September 1832) was a prolific Scottish historical novelist and poet popular throughout Europe during his time. ... Tyneside is a conurbation in northern England, covering part of the area of Tyne and Wear. ... Hawthorn is a common name for plants in two related genera in the subfamily Maloideae of the family Rosaceae: Crataegus Rhaphiolepis The term Hawthorn also refers to the following places: Hawthorn, Victoria, a suburb of Melbourne, Australia. ... The Calybeate Spring Tunbridge Wells Chalybeate water was early in the 17th century said to have health-giving properties and many people have promoted their qualities. ...


The Co-operative Wholesale Society took over in 1902 and have run it ever since. The Co-operative Group are the principal shareholders in the business. The present-day management welcome the use of its large car park by visitors wishing to enjoy the dramatic wooded gorge, and offer food, drink and accommodation. Gilsland Spa has a sister hotel, The Esplanade, in Scarborough, Yorkshire. Co-operative Group - Wikipedia /**/ @import /w/skins-1. ... It has been suggested that Co-op (supermarket) be merged into this article or section. ... This article is on the English seaside resort. ... Look up Yorkshire in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...

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References

  • Lamb, J. n.d. c2001. Gilsland Spa - A Co-operative Centenary History; Co-operative Society (? - no title page) This book can purchased from the hotel.
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External links

  • Official site
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