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18 September 2014
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Plymouth House Mystery

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Plymouth House
When was the house built? 'Plymouth House Mystery' activity Who were the original owners of the house?
Plymouth House
Why did the house have three names? 'Plymouth House Mystery' activity Was Plymouth House ever a coaching inn?
Image of map showing location of Plymouth House

Detail from trade directory advertisement of The Yacht Inn

Detail from Plymouth House sign over front door
Why did the house have three names?
During their research, Mavis and David Yates came across references to Ty Maer (which means ‘Great House’) and The Yacht Inn . Were these references to the same place? Were they in fact referring to their own home, Plymouth House?

A local history book published in 1632 states that Ty Maer and The Yacht Inn were two distinct places. However, closer inspection of records and maps reveal that no other house as large and significant as Plymouth House has ever existed in Northop.

Repeated early records refer to Kort Maur (the Court House) and Ty Maur – a property built on the land of the Earl of Bridgewater. It seems it was the local Court House from at least 1670 to 1776, when it was sold to Richard Whitley, described as ‘a courthouse and 12 acres of land’. Whitley made extensive and fashionable renovations to the house in the 1670s, when the house passed into the Plymouth family by marriage. It was then taken on by Thomas Carter in 1776 and leased to the Bellis family, who oversaw its conversion to a highly successful coaching inn – The Yacht Inn in 1776.

When The Yacht Inn’s fortunes declined, it became a regular inn, which eventually closed down in 1871. Records show it became Plymouth House in c.1900 in an echo of its chequered varied past and is now the home of the Yates’.

This was established by looking at: tithe maps and the accompanying apportionments, censuses, valuation surveys, trade directories, sale catolgues, title and property deeds and local press from the 18th century.


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