Nick Hall has contacted us. His grandparents now own the Hammond Hotel and Nick runs a Hammond History Team. He provided this early photograph of the Hammond Hotel which he believes was taken before 1900 and possibly earlier to help publicise the new hotel. The Hammond History Team have an interesting Facebook page which has some great old photographs and input from a number of people with Hammond connections.

https://www.facebook.com/hammondhistory1897/

hammond hotel c. 1890 (courtesy nick hall)

hammond hotel c. 1890 (courtesy nick hall)