The Old Hall Hotel is the oldest known accommodation in Buxton. There are no records of any inns in Buxton until the “Auld Hall” in 1573. The Earl of Shrewsbury bought the land from the Coterell family in 1569 on which he built the Auld Hall.
The fame of the waters and the presence of Mary Queen of Scots, who was said to have stayed in the town on as many as seven occasions, led to Buxton becoming a destination for the Tudor rich and powerful. Examples of its visitors include: the Earl of Essex, the Earl of Sussex and the Earl of Leicester. William Henry Robertson claims “the greatest men of those times” the Earl of Leicester and Lord Burleigh visited Buxton in the 16th century. Lord Burleigh visited twice: once in 1577 and again in 1580.
John Leach, The Book of Buxton, (Barracuda Books, Birmingham, 1987)
Mike Bentley, Mike Langham and Colin Wells, Buxton and the High Peak from the Board Collection, (Tempus Publishing, Stroud, 2006)