Strange coincidences and connections have led us to a collection of family photos of one of our favourite local pubs.
A brewer we interviewed last week (Paddy at Crossed Anchors) noticed that we had a picture of the fabulously Art Deco Yacht Inn, Penzance, as our Twitter header image. He mentioned that his great aunt and uncle, Frank and Phyllis Glasspool, ran it from 1949-c.1959. He emailed his dad, who emailed a cousin, Susan Glasspool (Bottaro), who provided the following fantastic collection of photographs and said we could share them here:
It was very hard work there, especially for my mother, who did all the cooking (plus the extras for the bar, pasties, sandwiches etc.), a lot of the cleaning, and then ran the cocktail bar in the evenings. Hard to have any family life. Thank goodness for the swimming pool over the road — 10 bob for a season ticket and I spent all my summers there!
All pictures copyright © Susan Glasspool (Bottaro) and not to be reproduced without her permission.
A couple of observations from us:
- The exterior of the Yacht has been well-preserved, the odd bit of plastic window frame aside.
- The interior in the 1950s was much cleaner and more minimalist — the bar, for example, got a faux-Victorian makeover at some point, and that tiled floor is now carpeted.
- No pump-clips! (See here.)
- The pool Sue mentions is the Jubilee Pool, due to re-open this summer after extensive storm damage in 2014, and a beautiful Art Deco twin to the pub.