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Tudor Close Rottingdean, photo by Fiona Kirkcaldy

Proposed Heritage Plinth Celebrating the Birthplace of Cluedo in Rottingdean

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Date published: February 8, 2024
Photo by Fiona Kirkcaldy

Rottingdean Heritage has applied to erect a plinth to celebrate the birthplace of Cluedo at the former Tudor Close Hotel on Dean Court Road.

BBC Radio Sussex has interviewed archivist Mike Laslett of Rottingdean Heritage, listen to the 5 minute article here:

BBC Radio Sussex Rottingdean Heritage

BBC Sussex Radio: Rottingdean Heritage archivist Mike Laslett talks about the history of Cluedo in Rottingdean

And from the article in Brighton and Hove news:

“The text planned for the board says: “You may be amused to know that when Waddington’s first introduced the popular board game Cluedo in 1949 it was originally called Murder at Tudor Close.”

Travelling entertainers Anthony and Elva Pratt hosted their murder mystery games at the hotel, which were played out by guests and local actors.

Called Murder at Tudor Close they later took it to Waddington’s games, who marketed it as Cluedo.

The two travelling entertainers were inspired by the hotel’s rooms after staying in the grade two listed building and came up with the concept of the game.

Originally a small 1920’s development of seven cottages by Charles Neville, the hotel reverted to individual houses after it closed.

You can read the full plans on the council’s planning portal under reference BH2024/00112.”

Photos by Mike Laslett