The Tankerville Arms Hotel, Wooler

History of the Tankerville Arms

The Tankerville Arms, built by “Lord of the Manor” the Earl of Tankerville in the 1700’s. The first Earl of Tankerville, Charles Bennet, built The Tankerville Arms to accommodate ‘spare’ guests when their then home, Chillingham castle was full, it is thought that the building was originally used for hunting parties. In 1827, the Tankerville incorporated the local excise office, and in 1841 it became a posting house on the chartered run between London & Edinburgh, a journey which took (including stops) 44 hours! This ended in 1847, 4 days after the opening of the rail line. The Tankerville was known to locals through the 19th Century as “The Wooler cottage” and infact changed its name to “The Cottage” for a time, however, the deeds and official paperwork have always been The Tankerville Arms.

Wooler has throughout history been thought of as “The healthiest Spot in Britain” and this is how “The Cottage Hotel” was described in 1936, as well as advertising “Maximum Sunshine, and Good stabling”. The telephone number was Wooler 8. (Please note, we can no longer be reached on the number 8). Virginia Woolf knew of Wooler’s health benefits, staying at the Tankerville in 1914 for a month, her husband, Leonard wrote:

“I am inclined to think that the Cheviots are the loveliest country in England….there is an extraordinary stillness and peace in their forms; and nowhere in the world is the light and colour of sky and earth more lovely than in this bit of England”

The Tankerville has survived the many great fires of Wooler, including the blaze of 1863, where 13 properties were lost, hardly surprising as the fire engine took 13 hours to arrive.