Only the clothes have changed in a new picture depicting a century in the life of a Midland country hotel.
Staff at The Dormy House Hotel in Broadway, Worcestershire, had always been curious about the identities of the folk who stared out at them from the 1912 sepia picture hanging in the brasserie.
That was until a research project revealed the image featured the Cotterell family of farmers who once lived in what is now a four star hotel.
Eight members of the Cotterell clan appear in the photo, along with an unknown dog and two visiting Oxford students.
Hotel general manager David Field was so intrigued that he decided to recreate the image for the 21st century, complete with nine staff, the marketing manager’s dog, Eddie, and head chef Paul Napper’s son Leon.
And the only changes in 100 years are the modern clothes and the rail on the steps outside the entrance.
Sales administration manager Christine Anderson said: “It was only when we decided to look like the Cotterells that we found out who they were.
“It was all good fun. I have been here for 18 years and in total the people on the picture have worked at the hotel for more than a century.”
Frank and Edith Cotterell raised 13 children at the 17th century site, which was originally called Willersey Hill Farm.
Other pictures show them relaxing in the garden, setting off on shooting parties and hosting students on holiday from nearby Oxford University.
Some of these became famous names – one regular visitor was Axel Munthe, the Swedish scientist who worked with Louis Pasteur on a cure for rabies.
The farmhouse was bought in the mid-1940s by the nearby Broadway Golf Club, which changed the name to “Dormy House” – Dormy being the golfing term for unbeatable.
It was sold on again soon after to a hairdresser who developed a modest bed and breakfast business.
Two more owners helped establish the venue as a hotel before it was bought by the late Jørgen Philip-Sørensen in 1977. His family still own the site today.
Recent investments have included a £1 million, purpose-built conference and banqueting suite and a refurbishment drive means there are now 43 en-suites.
The 1912 picture featured Robert, Charles, Helen, James, Mary, Augustine and Anne Cotterell, as well as Edith Upton, known as Granny Cotterell, the two students and the dog.
The 2012 image starred head waiter Michael Wrist, Mr Field, head barman Robert Deacon, Ms Anderson, reception and events manager Katie Nightingale, Mr Napper, head housekeeper Sara Cockram, deputy general manager David Bryan and head of banqueting Gemma Guedes, as well as Leon and Eddie the dog.