A History of the Livermead House Hotel
A Brief History of Livermead House, Torquay
In 1820, the Reverend Roger Mallock of Cockington Hall decided to build a house for his guests by the sea. This house stood on a site a little way out from the new town of Torquay, and was one of the most attractive and picturesque in the bay.
The house is still with us, but since the latter part of the nineteenth century has been enlarged and extensively modernised to transform it into what is now proudly known as the Livermead House Hotel.
The hotel was a popular Victorian guest house during the mid to latter part of the last century, and one can imagine the all-enveloping swimming costumes of the day and bathing machines on Livermead sands - not a stone's throw from the hotel's doors.
The Livermead also played its part during the Second World War as a medical centre for R.A.F. personnel being drafted overseas.
One of the Livermead's most famous visitors was the Victorian clergyman, naturalist and author, Charles Kingsley. He came to Torquay in 1854 and spent time at the house whilst his wife recovered from illness. One may even wonder if the idea for The Water Babies, Kingsley's most well-known work, may not have been forming in his mind as he watched the fire burning in the grate and the sparks flying up the chimney.
A Mother and Daughter wait at Paddington Station during the London Blitz 1940. Notice the Livermead House Billboard behind.