Webpage created: November 20, 2017.
Webpage updated: November 20, 2017
CORNWALL BEACH or NORTH CORNER
Cornwall Street, off Queen Street, led down to Cornwall Beach, on the Hamoaze. It became known as North Corner on account of it being the most northerly corner of Devonport within the Lines. Beyond the Lines was Morice Town.
On Wednesday October 10th 1883 Devonport Corporation took delivery of a new landing stage for river steamers. It apparently replaced an old Dockyard Mortar Boat that had served a similar purpose for many years. A small crane was also provided. The official opening ceremony took place on Wednesday November 14th 1883, when the Pottery Quay Landing Stage was also opened. Accommodation for the Stage Master at North Corner was constructed during 1884.
In 1914 Cornwall Beach was mainly residential but at number 3 was the Licensed Landmark, the Steam Packet Inn, run at that time by Mr C H Petherick. The Pier Master was Mr R Saunders.
North Corner Landing Stage was by far the busiest of the three.
The red brick Pier Master's House still stands but a new road bridge linking the former South Yard with Morice Yard now blocks the view of the river from Cornwall Beach.