Miracle worker St Richard (see ‘Salt’) was born in 1197 in The Old Manor House of Wyche in what is now St Andrew’s Street. Along with most of the town, it was destroyed by fire around 1290.
The black and white timbered building that now occupies the site was built in the early 16th century. King Charles I may have stayed in the building on his way to the storming of the city of Leicester during the Civil War.
In 1879 it was bought by ‘Salt King’ John Corbett who turned it into the luxurious Raven Hotel. It has been closed for a number of years.
My Great Gran, Nan and Mum all worked at the Raven Hotel in the 1970s, I remember going for breakfast there in school hols in the staff canteen which is just about where the street sign St Andrew’s Is located on the wall the bit due for demolition.
The Chef at the time if I remember was called Felix, in fact I remember being given a Chefs hat, at the time I wanted to become a chef, I later decided it would be unsociable hours possibly part time I was only aged around 7 mind, however Ive always had a passion for cooking thanks to my great Gran ( stews, soups, offal , ) and Nan for cakes, desserts like Bread and butter pudding, Rice pudding , spotted dick, Wonderful times.
Such a shame Droitwich has lost its great hotels, although there was probably an air of inevitability about it