OLD DEVONPORT . UK
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  Brian Moseley, Plymouth
Webpage created: February 17, 2016.
Webpage updated: February 17, 2016

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ROYAL SAILORS' REST (FORE STREET)

THE HOMEWARD BOUND

On the evening of Monday October 7th 1878 a branch establishment of the Devonport Sailors' Rest was opened in a former chemists' shop at the junction of Albert Road and William Street, just outside the Keyham Steam Yard.

Known as "The Homeward Bound", it contained a bar area, where coffee, tea and cocoa could be obtained.  This was decorated in white and gold and was furnished with six tables covered with oilcloth and enough chairs for twenty people.  In the adjoining dining room were three long tables capable of seating forty people for cold meals.  It was planned to introduce hot meals as soon as possible.   Over the bar was a reading-room and over the dining-room was a recreation-room furnished with a bagatelle board.

The Rest was decorated by Mr Pilcher of Marlborough Street; carpeted by Messrs Pinsent & Company of Market Street; and furnished by Mr Goodman of Fore Street.  Mr Knowlston, RN, was in charge.