History of the Ford

Licensees

Edward Wills....................................1862

Robert Woods................................. 1864

Miss E Martin .................................. 1875

John Martin ..................................... 1890

Francis Richards ............................. 1893

Samuel Martin ................................ 1910

Irene Nash ....................................... 1930

William Malpas ................................ 1931

Harold Ellis ....................................... 1939

1942 - Pub destroyed during Blitz of Plymouth

Francis Arnold ................................. 1954

George Cox ...................................... 1962

Donald Vellacott .............................. 1964

Gerald Searle ................................... 1977

James Brown .................................... 1978

Vera Brown ....................................... 1984

Michael Crowell ................................ 1985

Kenneth Stanley ............................... 1985

John Ayres ......................................... 1986

Ronald Deacon ................................. 1990

Maureen Elston ................................ 1991

Michael Bacon .................................. 1993

Geoffrey Stringer .............................. 1995

Kevin Mowatt .................................... 1999

Susan & Trevor Milton MBE............. 2007

In 1855 the small borough of Ford, was put on the market and acquired by the Devon and Cornwall freehold land society, one of the first premises to be completed on the new estate was The Ford Hotel.

 

It went through a number of licensees in the proceeding 80 years but was oblitorated during the Blitz in 1941.  

 

It holds the distinction of being the first pub to be rebuilt in the city post war, with the foundation stone being laid on 12 August 1954 by Eric G Clarke, grandson of the founder of Octagon Brewery.  These new owners re-instated this hillside hotel, on its original location on Alexandra Road.  

 

This public house take its name from the estate on which it stands, which in turn was named after the crossing of the former Keyham Lake at the bottom what became Ford Hill.

When Ford was first laid out in the middle of the 19th century Keyham Lake is believed to have come as far inland as the top of St Levan Road and the "Ford" would have been at the most westerly pedestrian crossing point.

CONTACT

The Ford

155 Alexandra Road

Ford

Plymouth

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OPENING HOURS

 

Monday - Thursday

2pm - 11pm

Friday - Saturday

12pm - 12am

Sunday

12pm - 10:30pm

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