Staff at the three-star, 60-bedroom George hotel in Huddersfield - the home of rugby league - have all found themselves out of work after the business collapsed into receivership.
Guests staying at the hotel were asked to leave the property yesterday morning, along with the 35 staff, following the appointment of Jon Cookson and Nigel Nattress of Colliers International as the joint receivers. The hotel is now on the market for £1.4m.
Cookson, head of corporate restructuring at Colliers International, said: "The George hotel has been on the market for a number of months. Unfortunately a sale was not achievable and it is with regret, that the hotel had to close on 2 January 2013. Colliers International will now be actively marketing the site and looking to find a buyer as soon as possible."
Built in 1851 next to the town's railway station, the hotel hosted the meeting that founded rugby league football in 1895. Today the building is an impressive Grade II-listed property which dominates Huddersfield's skyline.
It is anticipated that Licensed Ventures no 2, the company which has recently been managing the hotel, will go into liquidation.
The Gillette Rugby League Heritage Centre, which is housed in the basement of the hotel, is separately owned and is not part of the sale of the George.
By Janet Harmer
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