Brian Moseley, Plymouth
Webpage created: July 01, 2017.
Webpage updated: July 01, 2017




The foundation stone of the West Hoe Baths were laid at Two Coves Quay, near West Hoe Terrace, on the afternoon of Thursday July 15th 1858.

During 1880 the Two Coves Quay was extended by the owners of the land, Messrs Bulteel's Naval Bank.  Some forty steps were put in leading from the roadway to the water, where boats could be hired.  They even built a house for the boatman.  This all caused 'a little unpleasantness', as the newspapers described it, with the bathers who used the shore at this point.  Quite what they made of it when they discovered that the Bulteel's intended to extend the pier to create a small basin in which to moor yachts and small boats is not recorded.

It was at the West Hoe Pier that Devonian Francis (later Sir Francis) Chichester landed after completing his around the world solo yachting expedition on Sunday May 28th 1967.  At that time the Pier was the property of the Royal Western Yacht Club.