The Hotels in Cessnock area remind us of a bygone era. Walking inside these building you can almost smell the coal dust and hear the miners chattering.
The townships of the Cessnock area were not always like we see them today once upon a time horses and buggies littered the streets and coal dusted miners. The last relics of mining can be seen in some of the old work buildings but perhaps the best examples of the bygone era in the massive hotels that still stand today. Whilst the people may have changed often the facades of the building remain as a testament to a forgotten era.
The Pubs in the area that were built specifically in the mining boom are:
The Cessnock Hotel, Cessnock
The Cessnock Hotel is the oldest Hotel in the area. Before the building that you see today sat where it is there used to be an inn that served as a rest stop on the long and tiring Great North Road. The Pub that you see today was built on the inn site in 1903 whilst it has been restored part of the orginal bar can still be seen inside.
The Railway Hotel, Cessnock
The Railway Hotel was built in 1912 at a cost of just 5000 pounds, the South side of the building faced Cessnock railway Station, which ceased train activity in the late 70's. This building still has the orginal wood ceilings from when it was built over a hundred years ago.
The Neath Hotel, Neath
The Neath Hotel was built in 1914. The original hotel featured 40 rooms and even a stable around the back. This Hotel has many great stories to tell the most well known of these is 'The Legend of the Lamp' that is the story behind the old miners lamp that still sits in the bar today in memory of all the brave soldiers that fell in the first world war and in particular Harry Littlefair who was the orginal owner of the Lamp.
Aberdare Tavern, Cessnock
the Aberdare Tavern now known as Pedens was built in 1904 in the CBD of Cessnock. whilst the interior has been largely redecorated it still has the feel of a bygone era.
Belbird Hotel, Bellbird
The Bellbird Hotel in Bellbird was built in 1914 in what was then a thriving mining town. The building stilkl stands today the outside largely unchanged it captures the style of the turn of the century.
The Caledonia Hotel, Aberdare
The Caledonia Hotel was built in 1914 in the small mining hub of Aberdare. The exterior of the building is largely untouched boating an old world charm
The Criterion Hotel, Weston
The Criterion Hotel in Weston was first opened in 1903. It was orginally linked to the Tooth and Co Beer company. You can still see this building today standing just as proud as it did when it was first built.
Abermain Hotel, Abermain
The Abermain Hotel was built in 1905 and still stands for the generations to go and visit.
The Royal Federal Hotel, Branxton
This Hotel has held the license since 1899. However, the license was for another site. The building that it is in now was built in 1927. It was built on the condition that there must be storage for 10 000 gallons of water on site for the horses and people that travelled the Great North Road.
Tattersall Hotel, Greta
The Tattershall Hotel in Greta was built in 1892 it is one of the oldest Hotels in the whole of the area.
The Royal Oak Hotel, Cessnock
This hotel has been carefully restored to keep with some of the orginal features including the bar and the pressed metal ceilings.
The Former Wentworth Hotel, Cessnock
Although this hotel was gutted by fire in 2011 it still deserves a mention. This hotel was orginally built in 1927 up until the fire was still standing in all its former glory.
Ellalong Hotel, Ellalong
This Hotel was built in 1924 and you can just imagine that it was a hive activity in its hey day. Now it still boasts its orginal architecture and old world charm.
Former Rising Sun Inn, Millfield
This building was first used as an Inn from 1838 until 1866 when it was sold and used as a General Store. Now it is a heritage listed building with craft centre and museum.
Khartoum Hotel, Kitchener
This Hotel was built in 1926 in classic style of the time period. It still sits in the main street of Kitchener overlooking the Poppett Head of the former Aberdare Central Colliery Shaft B.
Former Abernethy Hotel now Abernethy House
This hotel was built in 1927 but was largely unused for the purpose intended it is now a stunning guest house known as Abernethy house
Chelmsford Hotel, Kurri Kurri
This hotel was built in 1914 and named after a former governer of the time. It still stands proudly in Kurri Kurri.
Kurri Kurri Hotel, Kurri Kurri
The Kurri Kurri Hotel dates from 1904 its still is able to be viewed although the inside has been renovated
Station Hotel, Kurri Kurri
The Station Hotel is one of the oldest historc buildings in Kurri Kurri. The building has been beautifully renovated but has still kept much of its old charm
Paxton Hotel, Paxton
This Hotel is still standing and dates from the early 1910s it is a stunning old building giving you a sense of the time that it was built and largely used.
Kearsley Hotel, Kearsley
Kearsley Hotel was built in 1922 and is still standing in much of its original glory.