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White Hart Hotel

Date of photo: 1907

Picture source: Staffordshire Past Track


 
The White Hart Hotel was situated on Eastgate Street. This pub was demolished to make way for government offices.
 

I am a distant relative of the famous Scottish showman, Walford Bodie. I’m also an avid collector of Bodie material. I believe that in 1896, Walford Bodie’s main stage lady was a lass who went by the name of Lil Clifford. Lil was a great hypnotic subject, and in 1897 was part of Bodie’s ‘Bolton Trance Event,’ where she was kept in a trance for up to a week. The famous English hangman, James Billington, was part of the Committee of Inspection during this time.  Later that year Lil married John Bodie in Wolverhampton. John Bodie was Walford Bodie’s brother.

Some little time after leaving the ‘Bodie Show,’ Lil acquired the licence for the White Hart Hotel In Stafford. In years to come it became a popular watering hole and gathering place for all kinds of  showbusiness people and entertainers, performing at nearby shows and the like, one of whom would have been Walford Bodie, when performing in the area.  The Mayor of Stafford was also said to be a good friend and a regular attendee. The hotel was obviously very busy, popular with the locals, and well attended during its heyday.  I believe the Hotel was also used as a police station during the war years.

I live in Australia, but am quite sad to hear of the hotel’s demise, given its history, and the fact that I had planned to visit the UK in the next year or so, and the hotel would have been one of my first ports of call.

Jim Cain (Oct 2011)
 

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Jim Cain   I’d be pleased to hear from anyone who may have any further information, photos or the like of Walford Bodie, Lil Clifford, or anybody associated with the ‘Bodie Show.’