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River Yealm Hotel, Newton Ferrers

River Yealm Hotel, Newton Ferrers

A look inside the former River Yealm Hotel in Newton Ferrers

Visited July 20016 Newton Ferrers, UK (Refurbished into Apartments)

 

Former Staircase of the Yealm Hotel
Former Staircase of the Yealm Hotel

The Ford family, Master Butchers, originally from Ermington, but making their fortunes in Plymouth in the 1860s, sent their eldest son to Winchester from where he became a Civil Engineer.

The younger son Clift became a Building Works Manager, and between them they jointly purchased a large area of land in Newton Ferrers in 1891

Old servant bell system still on the wall
Old servant bell system still on the wall

In a short space of time the proposed River Yealm Hotel was designed, builders employed and work commenced. The original idea for the hotel was that it would provide accommodation for potential purchasers of the building plots into which the bulk of the land had been divided. It opened for business in 1898

One of the former rooms at the Yeam Hotel
One of the former rooms at the Yeam Hotel

Originally, part of the plan for the hotel was to make use of the new railway between Yealmpton and Plymouth, a spur from which was to have reached the hotel. This rail link was never built and James Ford bought an ex-Admiralty Pinnace and christened her Yam Yam(local pronunciation for Yealm) to transport visitors from Steer Point Station to the hotel.

Former dining room at the Yealm Hotel
Former dining room at the Yealm Hotel

The hotel was eventually sold to Red Earth in 2017.

Old LLoyds Bank Money bag
Old LLoyds Bank Money bag
River Yealm bar area which was once the host to many guests who stayed in the hotel
River Yealm bar area which was once the host to many guests who stayed in the hotel
Old style cookers and rage were still insitu when it closed down
Old style cookers and rage were still insitu when it closed down
Old stamp we came across in the safe
Old stamp we came across in the safe

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