About The Hotel

The Lord Lister Hotel in Hitchin is family run hotel, with a warm and friendly atmosphere, excellent service and an affordable tariff with special weekend rates. Husband and wife team Nick and Josie Raviele, with more than 30 years experience in the hospitality business, run the Hitchin Hotel with the continental philosophy of ‘mi casa es su casa’ which provides guests and staff with the relaxed family orientated atmosphere that we believe is missing from the great British hotel experience.

This ‘grade II’ listed building has a charming character all of its own: all rooms have their own style in keeping with the Hitchin hotels quaint and comfortable surroundings. All the Hotel’s beautifully furnished rooms have en-suite bath or shower-rooms, Freeview television, extra pillows and blankets, hair dryers, tea and coffee hospitality tray and direct dial telephones. For that special occasion there is also a four poster bedroom. Flowers, wine or chocolates can be provided on request.

Our Hotel is centrally located just 2 minutes walk from historic Hitchin town centre, a historic market town with cobbled streets and market square flanked by beautiful buildings. Hitchin town is a hub of social activities with a local theatre, football ground, varied music scene and regular beer and music festivals so there is something for everyone. A shopper’s paradise, there are dozens of independent shops and boutiques as well as the high-street names.

Hitchin maintains a bustling market; Hitchin general market trading on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays there is also an Bric-a-brac Market on Fridays, perfect for picking up a bargain! The last Saturday of the month there is a farmers market, ideal for fresh organic produce, and a weekly Sunday morning car boot sale.

The town has retained its market town feel and has many fine Tudor and Georgian buildings, particularly around the cobbled market square. Near to the market square stand the large medieval parish church of St Mary and the 1863 Corn Exchange as well as the late 14th century Adam designed Priory.

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History Of Our Hotel

The Lord Lister Hotel was originally a Wool-comber’s House built in the late 18th Century, and was owned by Thomas Williams. Guests of the Hotel will notice immediately the age of the building; particularly the traditional coach archway which heralds the entrance to the car-park. The building later became a Quaker school known as the Isaac Brown Academy and many of our eminent 19th century scientists were educated here.

The most famous of these was Lord Joseph Lister (1827 – 1912). Joseph Lister attended Benjamin Abbott’s Isaac Brown Academy, modern day Lord Lister Hotel, for four years. Joseph Lister took up the concept of the presence of germs as a catalyst for disease from Louis Pasteur and went on to pioneer sterile operations and became known as the ‘father of antiseptics’ with particular reference to his use of carbolic acid. In addition to this accolade Lord Lister researched the best way to bind a wound in order to stem infection and as such is recognized as contributing to the fundamentals of modern surgery. Joseph Lister became a baronet in 1885 and succeeded in becoming a Peer of the Realm at the second jubilee of King Edward VII

The school was partially burnt down by fire in 1845, it was rebuilt and the top floor was probably added at that time. The cellars are very old and there is reputed to be a tunnel from them, across to the nearby 14th century Carmelite monastery, The Hitchin Priory.

The frontage has remained unchanged from that period and is a fine example of early Victorian architecture. The house was renamed Scott House in 1887, until it became the Lister House Hotel in 1930.

The Lord Lister Hotel has been owned by husband and wife; Nick and Josie Raviele since 1998 and they have lovingly maintained and ran the hotel with their two daughters. It is their years of dedication to the Lord Lister Hotel which has kept guests coming back year after year, always welcomed by the same family-orientated, warm and friendly atmosphere that is such an important feature in the appeal of the building.