Mary Seacole in The British Hotel, Spring Hill, near Balaclava - in the middle of 1855

from Wonderful Adventures of Mrs Seacole in Many Lands, pages 108; 110-111:

At length the necessary preparations to establish our store [hotel] were made. We hit upon a spot about two miles from Balaclava, in advance of Kadikoi, close to where the railway engines were stationed, and within a mile of head-quarters. Leave having been obtained to erect buildings here, we set to work briskly, and soon altered the appearance of Spring Hill—so we christened our new home.

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cite as

Mary Seacole, Wonderful Adventures of Mrs Seacole in Many Lands (London, July, 1857), p. 108; 110-111. accessed: 17 June, 2024

location of experience: The British Hotel, Spring Hill, near Balaclava


Mary Seacole
businesswoman, Nurse, traditional healer, Writer

Listening to

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God Save the Queen performed by Turkish military band
Turkish military music performed by Turkish Military band

Experience Information

Date/Time in the middle of 1855
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public


Seacole established the British Hotel (Spring Hill) behinds the lines during the Crimean War (1853 – 1856) with her business partner Thomas Day, a relative of her husband, Edwin Horatio Hamilton Seacole. Edwin died in 1844, eight years after they married. Seacole uses the French spelling to describe her supporter ‘the Pasha’, a term denoting high military rank.

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Tue, 10 Aug 2021 08:54:29 +0100
Approved on Sun, 15 Aug 2021 11:45:12 +0100