History

Follow in the footsteps of generations of British nobles as you climb the 17th century oak staircase to the Tower.  Relax in a magnificent suite formerly graced by the likes of Charlie Chaplin and Orson Welles or wander across landscaped gardens where swans drift on a Saxon moat.

Great Fosters has a long and celebrated history. Among a host of distinguished owners, Great Fosters lists Judge Doderidge who was Solicitor General to King James I, and Sir Robert Foster who took up residence in 1639. Sir Robert was eventually made Lord Chief Justice of the King’s Bench and Common Pleas by King Charles II and at his death in 1663, left the house to his son, Sir Thomas Foster, also a High Court Judge. Great Fosters remained in the family following his death in 1685 when it passed to his daughters. In 1715, Sir Charles Orby resided here, and it was not until 1787 that one of Sir Thomas’ great grandsons sold the property to a Mr Wyatt for £700.

Early in the 20th century, Great Fosters reinforced its regal connections when it became the property of Queen Alexandra’s lady in waiting, the Baroness Halkett. From the Halkett family, it passed to the Earl of Dudley and thence to the Honourable Gerald Montagu before finally becoming the property of the Sutcliffe family in 1930, who remain the hotel’s custodians to this day.

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