River Yealm Hotel

In 1891 the proposed River Yealm Hotel is designed, builders employed and work starts.

The original idea for the River Yealm is that it would provide accommodation for potential purchasers of the building plots into which the bulk of the land has been divided.

The auction for new plots to be hel d at the hotel.

Further use was to cater to the holiday trade then provided by paddle steamers from Plymouth.

It opened for business in 1898.

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 is never buil t.

The Fords sold the hotel at auction on 29th July 1903 to a Mr W. Kingcombe and a Mr H. Tenney.

Clift Ford himself dying a wealthy man in 1945.

In the 1930s the Yealm Hotel is sol d by Kingcombe and Tenney to Westcotts, who sell it on

More recently the hotel is undergoing a transformation into luxury apartments aptly named “The Yealm”

on a more recent visit work has progressed well and the building that stands today bears no resemblance to the previous


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