The earth-denting 20ft drop dealt a shattering crack into the Plantation Hotel, in Norwick, Norfolk, and its surrounding gardens. The crack was spotted near the main entrance, as well as a nearby window pushed out of alignment. Tony Burlingham, who owns the hotel, alerted the chairman of the Plantation Garden Preservation Trust, Roger Connah, of the disaster. A surrounding cordon later guarded the hotel in fears it could collapse.

Mr Connah said: “There is an issue of subsidence in the corner of the hotel with the cracks leading to a major wall in the Plantation Garden. “So, the decision was quickly and sensibly taken to close the garden and they have had to shut the hotel. “But we’ve decided to keep the gardens closed until Monday, when we will decide what to do based on advice.” READ MORE