By Daniel Hunter

Huddersfield's most famous hotel has been forced to close its doors after a buyer failed to come forward for the landmark building.

The George Hotel, known famously as the birthplace of rugby league, has been forced to make its staff redundant after several months spent unsuccessfully on the market.

The hotel's basement is home to the Rugby League Heritage Centre, which is separately owned and does not form part of the sale of the hotel. It is home to artefacts including jerseys, trophies, caps and medals.

A meeting at the hotel in 1895, which was built in 1851 and has 60 bedrooms, led to the formation of the Northern Rugby Football Union, which has developed into today's Rugby Football League.

"On January 2 2013 the Royal Bank of Scotland appointed Jon Cookson and Nigel Nattress as Joint Law of Property Act Receivers of The George Hotel, Huddersfield," a statement from Colliers International, which is acting as the receivers, said.

"The hotel is no longer trading and staff and customers have been informed."

Colliers International will now market the site with a guide price of £1.395m.

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