Wool Merchant Hotel, Halifax, is under new onwership

The Wool Merchant Hotel, Halifax.
The Wool Merchant Hotel, Halifax.
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The Wool Merchant Hotel is under new ownership and is set for major refurbishment thanks to husband and wife team, Dr Abhishek and Nidhee Gupta.

They have plans to extensively modernise the 18th century building and they hope to increase trade in the hotel’s restaurant and bar, by appealing to Halifax’s residents, as well as hotel guests.

They also intend to introduce an online booking system, which they hope to have up and running by the summer.

Dr and Mrs Gupta, acquired the 54 bedroom hotel in Mulcture Hall Road, Halifax, following the retirement of the previous owner, Raffaele Scalfaro, who had owned and managed the business for more than 25 years.

Dr Gupta said: “We are delighted with the purchase of The Wool Merchant Hotel. We have been reviewing the market for almost a year, waiting for the perfect opportunity, so we were pleased when The Wool Merchant became available.

“The property has lots of potential and we’re looking forward to maximising it over the coming months. The team at Santander have been very helpful, taking the time to understand our plans and ambitions for the future and it feels very reassuring to have their support.”

David Stuart, relationship director at Santander Corporate Banking, said: “I am pleased we have been able to support the Gupta’s with the acquisition. This is their first hotel but they have lots of experience in the hospitality sector, having managed two deluxe hotels in India.

At Santander, we want to support good businesses with strong leaders and I think our arrangement with the Gupta’s is a perfect example of this.”

*Mulcture Hall Road gets its name from the former Mulcture Hall which stood on Mill Lane near Halifax Parish Church.According to Malcolm Bull, it had a datestone over the doorway inscribed 1631 and was built by John Smithson.

In 1851, Mayor John Crossley established a model lodging house at the hall with a kitchen, dormitories, a wash house and a reading room. There was accommodation for 50 men, who each paid 3d for a night’s lodging.

The building was used as a lodging house until it was demolished in 1937. The plaster ceiling was moved to Bankfield Museum.

It’s name was derived from multure which was a toll collected at the hall for corn ground at the mill on the Hebble at Clark Bridge.