The Ship Inn Art Deco Architecture

£20,000 Hotel of Glass and Steel
Yesterday’s Opening of Home Brewery Co’s New Ship
Nottingham Lord Mayor’s Good Wishes
The Ship Hotel – the Home Brewery Company’s £20,000 enterprise of Castleton Boulevard and Roman Bank opened its doors for the first time since its completion on 24th April, 1934.
“This is a further indication of the Home Brewery Company’s policy of keeping in line with the great advances which Skegness is making, and with the progressive policy of the Advancement Association,” said Mr. J. R. Severn, the company’s district representative, in company with Mr. Harry Beighton, the licensee.
The new “Ship”, which succeeds one of the oldest hostelries in Skegness, does not belie its name. One cannot pass through certain sections of its interior without receiving a strong impression of being aboard a luxury liner. The flat roof the second floor is surrounded by a rail with two horizontals. The stairway leading from the main entrance hall has a strong suggestion of the companion leading to one wing of a liner’s bridge. And there is a particularly cosy smoke-room, sacred to the use of men only, which is appropriately known as the “cabin”.
Perhaps the most striking feature of the new building is the fact that it is constructed very largely of glass and steel. In this respects it bears a striking resemblance, though, of course on a very much smaller scale, to the new “Daily Express” building in Fleet Street. In style it is markedly continental, with the result that its exterior appearance gives the impression of strength allied with lightness, while its interior apartments are notably spacious and well-lighted.
The accommodation includes a spacious saloon bar and sun lounge with Vita glass the latter with windows,  gentlemen’s smoke room previously referred to, a general smoke-room, and off-licence department on the ground floor; a lounge, eight bedrooms, kitchen, scullery, pantry, etc, on the first floor, from which access is obtained to the delightful roof garden facing Park Avenue and Castleton Road. The cellarage is of the most  commodious kind, the total length of the cellars amounting to nearly 150 feet, and special arrangements for temperature regulation are installed.
No fewer than four complete sanitary blocks – two for each sex—are provided within the building, there being no exterior conveniences of any kind. Fittings are of the highest order, and space has not been sacrificed.

The architects, Messrs B E Bailey and E. Eberlin, A.R.I.B.A., of Nottingham, and the contractors, Messrs. Bernard Pumfrey, Ltd., of Gainsbrough, together with the various sub-contractors, were held in esteem for producing a modernistic building in which the artistic and utilitarian considerations are so skilfully blended.



The old “Ship” Hotel on the opposite side of Roman Bank, which has now been superseded as a result of the continued enterprise of the Home Brewery Company, Ltd., is one of the oldest buildings in Skegness. Originally a thatched farmhouse with its frontage to the west, it was completely rebuilt in 1871.


Mr. J. H. Bellamy, who preceded Mr. Beighton as licensee of the old hotel, and was born in it in 1869, enjoyed the distinction of having the last drink in the old building, and, yesterday morning, the  first drink in the new.

Last night Mr. Beighton received a telegram of which he may justly  be proud. It was handed in at Nottingham at 6-8 p.m., and read -: Harry Beighton, Ship Hotel, Skegness. Trust your enterprise entered upon to-day  may prove successful —JOHN FARR, LORD MAYOR.

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