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Great Western Railway Hotel, Exeter

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Front. Image taken 2021.
Rear. The chimney was built for the laundry. Image taken 2021.

of Station Approach, Exeter, adjoining Exeter St. David's Railway Station

1850-1864 Proprietor is James Hutchings and family

1848 June 10th. Advertisement. 'RAILWAY INN, RAILWAY STATION. EXETER. JAMES HUTCHINGS avails himself of this opportunity, to return his thanks to his Friends and the Public, for the favors already bestowed on him, since he has opened the above Inn, and trusts by strict attention to the comfort of Visitors to merit a continuation of their support. Visitors will find every accommodation, and attention combined with moderate charges. Genuine Wines, Spirits, &c, Good Beds, Stabling, and Lock-up Coach Houses. The Inn being so near the Station, Travellers, per rail, will find it a great accommodation. Families supplied with Good Home Brewed Beer.'[1]

1850 June 01st. Advertisement. 'RAILWAY STATION, EXETER. JAMES HUTCHING. THANKS his Friends and the Public for their Favours, since he Opened the above Inn, and he trusts, by strict attention to the comforts of Visitors, to merit continued support. Visitors will find every Accommodation, combined with moderate charges. Genuine Wines. Spirits, Home Brewed Beer, &c. Good Stables, Loose Boxes, Lock-up Coachhouses, &c. Good Beds. N.B.- Flys, Gigs, Post and Saddle Horses, ready at the shortest notice. the above Inn is so near the Station, travellers by rail will find it very convenient.[2]

1853 Hutching's Railway Hotel, Exeter.[3]

1855 Hutching's Railway Hotel, Exeter Station,.[4]

1864 Hutching's left the hotel after James' death in 1862 and his wife Elizabeth in 1864.

1864 November. Advertisement. 'UNDERHILL'S RAILWAY, FAMILY AND COMMERCIAL HOTEL, ST. DAVID'S, EXETER, (Adjoining the Bristol and Exeter, North and South Devon Railway Terminus.) Conducted for the past Twenty Years by the late Mr. James Hutchings. Private Families and Commercial Gentlemen will find every accommodation combined with moderate charges. The House has undergone complete renovation; additional Commercial Room has been added, as well as other accommodation, rendering it in every respect a first-class Hotel. Good Stabling, Lock-up Coach Houses. An attendant on every train.[5]

1864-93 Proprietor is James Underhill

1902 Listed as Railway Hotel, James Underhill

1904 January. For sale. 'FREEHOLD FULLY-LICENSED PREMISES known as the GREAT RAILWAY HOTEL EXETER, adjoining the Great Western Railway Station together with COTTAGE adjoining. Garden. Stabling. Brew-house. and other Outbuildings. The whole containing an area of about 6.770 square feet, with GOODWILL AND POSSESSION. The Freehold presents an excellent opportunity for development and the erection of a much-needed first-class Railway Hotel approached immediately from the Station.[6]

1910 Listed as Railway Hotel, Miss Bessie Waters.[7]

1914 Listed as Railway Hotel, Miss Bessie Waters.

1919 Listed as Railway Hotel, Trust Houses.

1920 Refers to Mrs Adamson, Great Western Hotel, Exeter.[8]

1925 Listed as Great Western Railway Hotel (Trust Houses). 20 beds.

1930 Listed as Great Western Railway Hotel (Trust Houses).

1935 Listed as Great Western Railway Hotel (Trust Houses).

1939 Listed in directory. Great Western Hotel. Trust Houses.[9]

1955 Listed. Great Western Hotel (Trust Houses). Manager is George F. Burn.[10]

1964 Listed. Great Western Hotel (Trust Houses).[11]

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Sources of Information

  1. Western Times - Saturday 10 June 1848
  2. Western Times - Saturday 01 June 1850
  3. Exeter Flying Post - Thursday 10 March 1853
  4. Western Times - Saturday 01 September 1855
  5. Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Friday 18 November 1864
  6. Western Daily Press - Saturday 16 January 1904
  7. 1910 Exeter Directory
  8. Western Morning News - Friday 23 July 1920
  9. 1939 Exeter Directory
  10. 1955 Exeter Directory
  11. 1964 Exeter Directory