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The Plough In and the Park Family

View of the area around the Lyth Valley Hotel

The Plough Inn (Lyth Valley Hotel)

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A Drovers’ Inn in the 19th Century

1841 Census

Brian Bell Innkeeper

1851 Census

Richard Wood Innkeeper with 12 acres

1861 Census

William Pattinson, Victular

Oct. 1868 

Westmorland Gazette advert “to let Plough Inn with 16 acres”. Mr Daker Taylor will show.  Richard Docker, Underbarrow, Owner


Mr Daker Taylor will show.  Richard Docker, Underbarrow, Owner


Westmorland Gazette advert “M B Hodgson for sale 4 cattle, 1 sow, tools and furniture for George Moss”

Feb. 1878

To let, Plough Inn with 18 acres

1881 Census

George Hayton, Innkeeper, wife Mary and sons William & Edward

2 Feb. 1889

Westmorland Gazette advert “to let, Plough Inn with 17 acres now in the occupation of Mr Anthony Downham”

1895 Kellys

Robert Park, Innkeeper

1901 Census

George Park, Innkeeper


Westmorland Gazette advert “M B Hodgson for sale, Plough Inn with 10 acres – Mr Park Tenant”


Westmorland Gazette advert “Sale at Plough Inn of Virginia Cottage (The Row) and surplus larch tree tops”


Frank Park, Innkeeper

Oct. 1923

Westmorland Gazette advert “Hunt Ball to be held in Plough Inn barn.


Inmans of Draw Well will provide the music”


Mr Tolson purchased Plough Inn and land for £800 and spent £300 on repairs


Westmorland Gazette report “a meeting of the compensation board tried to close the Inn down”.


Tolsons moved the Inn to a barn on the opposite side of the road.  The old inn was demolished for road widening.


The Inn was destroyed by fire – the Tolsons escaped unhurt.


Westmorland Gazette reported that Mr Tolson was too old to be an Innkeeper at 84.


New purpose built hotel erected and the Plough Inn became known as the Lyth Valley Hotel.


New owner, Mrs Ashcroft, who also owned the Levens Hotel (Brettargh Holt).  The cutlery at the Lyth Valley Hotel for a few years had Levens Hotel engraved on it.  Miss Nicholl was Manager and Robert Park was barman.  There were several owners after Mrs Ashcroft, including Peter Brown, Harrimans, Mr McCrawrey and Mr Isherwood.


Mr & Mrs Doodson purchased Lyth Valley Hotel.  


Pat Doodson’s funeral (wife of George)


George Doodson owner


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