#100daysofbfotc Day 70: Clovelly New Inn

New InnThe New Inn, one of two in Clovelly at the time of Barefoot on the Cobbles, is situated in the middle of the main street. Former mariner, James Berriman, had taken over as the publican of the New Inn by 1861 and was its landlord for more than four decades. James died in 1903 and his wife continued as proprietress of the inn until her death in 1912, at the age of 87. She did employ a manager; in 1911 this was Sarah Harvey. Albert Edward Bushell had taken over the New Inn by 1919 and may well have been the immediate successor to the Berrimans. It is likely therefore that he was the landlord at the time of the 1919 Club Service described in chapter 14.

In 1914, Christine Hamlyn’s programme of renovations reached the New Inn and pictures of the time show the inn sign, depicting a gannet, moving from one side of the road to another. At times, the Inn let rooms on both sides of the street. The First World War delayed the improvements and former cottages, including Polly and Albert’s, were incorporated into the refurbished inn.

The inn provided a venue for various meetings and seems to have been the meeting place for the Rechabites’ friendly society. Although, in the novel, I have set the inquest in the Red Lion, inquests were also held in the New Inn.

 ‘The Rechabites, mostly Methodists and non-drinkers, bundled into the New Inn, who were as happy to serve teetotallers as drinkers.’

Barefoot on the Cobbles will be published on 17 November 2018. More information about the novel can be found here. Copies will be available at various events in the weeks following the launch or can be pre-ordered from Blue Poppy Publishing or the author.

One comment on “#100daysofbfotc Day 70: Clovelly New Inn

  1. Susan Walmsley says:

    As a collector of postcards, I often wondered why on some the New Inn was on the right going down the High Street and some are showing it as being on the right going up. This explanation has answered my question, thank you.

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