OLD DEVONPORT . UK
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  Brian Moseley, Plymouth
Webpage created: February 10, 2016.
Webpage updated: February 14, 2016

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ROADS AND STREETS IN OLD DEVONPORT

ALBERT ROAD

Albert Road runs from Keyham Road eastwards to Devonport Road; it was formerly known as Navy Row and was described as running from Clarence Place eastwards to Stoke Terrace (left side) and Havelock Terrace (right side).

In 1914 numbers 1 to 83 were on the north side starting at Clarence Place and numbers 85 to 136 were on the south side running back to the corner with William Street.

Principal buildings in Albert Road were The Albert Hall at number 8; the Post Office and stationers, Miss Harris, at number 58; Messrs Kimber and Sons' motor garage on the corner of Exmouth Road (probably number 84); the Wycliffe Congregational Chapel (85); the Albert Road United Methodist Free Chapel and Sunday School, on the corner with Charlotte Street, the Morice Town Council School (126 & 127); the Clarence Hotel (136); and the Homeward Bound Recreation Room, on the corner with William Street.

Being on the route to and from the Keyham Steam Yard entrance, licensed landmarks were numerous: Victoria Vaults (3); Keyham Vaults (13); Friendship Inn (37); Railway Inn (57); Foresters Arms (116); and the aforementioned Clarence Hotel.  There were also several beer retailers.

Albert Road was also the principal shopping street for the Morice Town district with representatives of the following trades all present: bootmakers, boot repairers, butchers, hairdressers, stationers, cycle agents, tailors, grocers, confectioners, piano tuners, tobacconists, fruiterers, chemists, dentists, drapers, dairymen, pawnbrokers, a builder, pawnbroker and undertaker, greengrocers, ironmongers, general dealers, wine merchants, a single baker, a wardrobe dealer, a fishmonger, a cabinet maker, and also two dining establishments.  The Plymouth Co-operative Society had a boot department at number 33 and a dairy at number 35.

Tram routes 7 and 14 from Saint Budeaux Square and Saltash Passage respectively passed through Albert Road, the 7 going to Plymouth via Exmouth Road, Wilton Street and Pennycomequick, and the 14 via Milehouse and Alma Road.  Albert Road Halt on the London and South Western Railway and Devonport Station on the Great Western Railway were easily accessible.