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Steve Grigg

The Temperance Hotel (now East Dart Hotel) in Postbridge was built in 1862. In 1861, a John Webb, who was a tin miner and also farmed nearby applied for a lease of two acres of unenclosed land to build a house. A licence was granted in 1863 after John Webb changed his plans to built an Inn instead. After his death in 1878, the Inn was taken on by John Webb junior, which during his tenure, became a Temperance House, which it is said to be due to the persuasive nature of John Webb (junior) wife Lizzie, who preached to him to evil ways of the demon drink. The then and now pictures in this post were taken in c1900 and 2020. Lots of changes clearly have been made in the 120 year period. Information obtained from Legendary Dartmoor website under “Ghostly Bloodhound” and “Postbridge, the Heart of Dartmoor” by Reg Bellamy.

Temp Map
This is the OS map from c1900, where the Hotel is marked. The grid is SX64908 78990
Temp Old
The Temperance Hotel (House) c1900. This picture suggest the Temperance Hotel was the left hand building (see sign above the door). The roof between the left and right buildings are aligned.
Temp New 1
The roof of the building on the right in the 2020 picture appears to have been raised. Both buildings are part of the East Dart Hotel
Temp New 2
Zoomed out picture of 2020 East Dart Hotel
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