Jeremy Houghton has a long and happy association with The Lygon Arms since first passing over its threshold as a young boy. Little did he know that forty years later, his artworks would proudly hang on these historic walls to be enjoyed by visitors from all over the world.
Jeremy will be hosting two after-dinner speaking events and you are most welcome to book HERE.
11th March – Gold Cup Centenary Celebrations
27th June – Tea & Talk with Sue Barker, discussing all things tennis, plus the Wimbledon Collection as previous Wimbledon Championship artist
Growing up in the village, Broadway has been home to four generations of Houghton’s, including Jeremy’s grandfather, the local GP for 50 years (1936-1986), who spent a lifetime amassing an impressive archive about the town, now an important record of its history.
On visiting The Lygon Arms, you will find a selection of Jeremy’s artworks hanging in the atmospheric ground floor sitting rooms, beneath beams, next to roaring fires and in quiet corners. Regularly updated, they currently include original watercolours from his royal collection to mark the Platinum Jubilee celebrations, including his popular limited-edition print ‘Heel’ of the Queen and James Bond, alongside ‘Ma’amalade’ – in memory of the Queen and Paddington enjoying afternoon tea. Vivid flamingo oil paintings inspired by visits to South Africa make a statement and always spark a conversation. To see more of his work, or enquire about a painting at The Lygon, head to Broadway Contemporary next door.
The collaboration is symbiotic – from boyhood to manhood, travelling around the world and back again to Broadway, has brought Houghton’s exclusive collections onto the walls of The Lygon Arms, a local institution. In turn, the hotel attracts visitors from all corners of the globe, many of whom have become collectors and friends of the artist.
The Lygon Arms has a fascinating 650-year-old history first as a medieval coaching inn called The White Hart offering refuge to King Charles 1 and his supporters during the English Civil War. If you are lucky enough to stay in the King Charles Suite, you will notice a coat of arms to mark the visit. You might see that the face of the royal lion has been scratched away – presumably by a Roundhead rebel following the King’s execution in 1649. Oliver Cromwell also occupied a room here before the Battle of Worcester in 1651 – a reproduction of his famous ‘warts and all’ portrait hangs by the 17th-century fireplace in the Cromwell Room.
Horse and coach turned to motorcoach, then motorcar and The Lygon continued to welcome royalty including King Edward VII and his son King Edward VIII who abdicated. The history, charm and luxury of the hotel attract royalty and rock royalty with illustrious alumni counting Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, Sir Michael Redgrave and Mary Pickford among its guests. Celebrity chef James Martin joined The Lygon Arms in 2022 elevating the dining experience and adding a dash of glamour. With so much history and charm, impeccable service, a spa and beautiful Broadway on the doorstep, The Lygon is only growing in popularity.
Monday 11th March 2024 ~ Enjoy viewing Jeremy’s paintings of the Cheltenham Gold Cup and further discussion about the Centenary celebrations.
Sunday 30th June 2024 ~ Jeremy will be talking about his time as the Wimbledon Championships Artist in Residence and his love of tennis!
To enquire & book, please visit their website HERE.
Enjoy the feature ‘Royalty, Flamingos and the Road Home’ in ICONIC magazine available in all the Iconic Luxury Hotels Collection including The Lygon Arms from February.
Jeremy Houghton’s work can also be seen at:
Broadway Contemporary, 69 High Street, Broadway, Worcs WR12 7DP / +44 (0) 1386 339124 / www.broadwaycontemporary.co.uk
and at The Lygon Arms / The Lygon Arms Hotel | Charming Hotel in The Cotswolds