The Bristol Hotel in Newquay, Cornwall, has acquired a licence for civil marriages. The 74-bed hotel (the redbrick building in the picture, above Tolcarne Beach) has been in the hands of the Young family since 1927. It was founded by Howard Young and his wife Minnie, after he returned from his travels on the Continent, where he had seen a number of smart hotels called Bristol, and thought the name would add caché. In the Second World War the girls of Benenden School in Kent were evacuated here, and they have held reunions here since. The private school is one of the most expensive in the country (£9,980 a term), and its former pupils include Princess Anne, the actress Rachel Weisz and Lady Victoria Hervey, descendent of the eccentric Frederick Hervey, 4th Earl of Bristol, after whom it is said the first Bristol hotels were named.
Read Paris Hilton & Victoria Hervey - a chapter from 'High Times at the Hotel Bristol'.