History Villiers Hotel, originally known as the Swanne upon the Hoppe, was built a staggering 400 years ago. Its name was to change multiple times over the years, from The Swan to The White Swan, until it would eventually be renamed after George Villiers the 1st Duke of Buckingham. There are many local legends surrounding the hotel, such as rumours that Oliver Cromwell stayed there with his troops in 1643. This vast historical background gives its rooms a sense of grandeur today, with its large ballroom still boasting many Victorian features. It lends a sense awe and atmosphere to civil ceremonies, and creates a grand space to host a wedding feast.