A landmark hotel which became the birthplace of Rugby League has closed its doors.
Staff at the George Hotel in Huddersfield were told at a meeting on Wednesday (Jan 2) they were being made redundant.
Any remaining guests were informed they had to leave and were found alternative accommodation.
The historic hotel’s basement is home to the Rugby League Heritage Centre, which is separately owned and not part of the hotel’s sale.
Jon Cookson, head of corporate restructuring at Colliers International which is acting as the receivers, 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 January 2 2013. Colliers International will now be actively marketing the site and looking to find a buyer as soon as possible.”
Rugby League was created in 1895 at the hotel which is now for sale with a guide price of £1.395m.