Oral Histories – Memories of the Lockyer Tavern

The Lockyer Tavern Plymouth 1960

Through LGBT History Month 2013 we are sharing a selection of oral histories collected through the Heritage Lottery funded Pride in Our Past Project. Our first release focuses on the ‘Locker Tavern‘ where Mavis a barmaid tells her story along with customers Peter, Kevin and Ted. The oral history interview, as a method of capturing history, has grown in use […]

Looking ahead to LGBT History Month 2013 in Plymouth

Over the last several weeks, a great deal of cataloging work has been taking place with the Plymouth LGBT Archive since it was deposited at the Plymouth and West Devon Record Office. The physical collection can now been searched – either in person or online at http://www.plymouth.gov.uk/archivescatalogue – where it is held under the collection […]

Proud to Serve

sailor in uniform

In 1999 the European Court of Human Rights overturned the ban of lesbians and gays serving in the armed forces. The European judges declared unanimously that such a bar on entry into the army, navy and air force was illegal under the European Convention on Human Rights, which safeguards an individual’s right to privacy. Prior to this the Ministry […]

The Lockyer Hotel – Tavern

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The Lockyer Tavern began its life as the home of Plymouth surgeon, Sir George Magrath. It was known as George House on the junction of Lockyer Street and George Place. Sir George was at one time Surgeon of the Victory, flagship of Lord Nelson. He was also a medical officer at Dartmoor Prison and later, Inspector of Hospitals. In his later […]

Sub Culture Plymouth

In Plymouth, the Lockyers Tavern continued to thrive and the local gay community continued to be “quietly” gay within their spaces. However, events both at home and abroad were taking place that would affect the city’s LGBT community. Members of this community were also a big part for the instigation of the Stonewall Riots in New York in […]

Going Underground

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Plymouth’s Old Palace Theatre – home in the late 1960s to the Pussycat Club which was managed by one the city’s longest standing gay couples Paul Pollard and Ted Spring. The Palace Theatre became the Dance Academy in 1980’s and hosted ‘BOLTS’ a weekly gay night held on a Monday. In 1956, Section 13 of […]

LGBT History and Pride Timeline 1942 – 2007

This time line compiled by Mark Ayres was first displayed at Plymouth Pride Event 2007. The content of this publication has been collected from various public sources and may require verification.

Plymouth Gay couple celebrate 50 years together – Sept 2010

Proud Paul Pollard and boyfriend Ted Spring have celebrated their 50th anniversary together. Dedicated Paul, 72, met Ted, 73, in a club half a century ago and the devoted couple say it was ”love at first sight”. Paul was a 22-year-old chef at the time and Ted was then an Able Seaman on shore leave […]

Site of the Lockyer Tavern Plymouth

Site of the Lockyer Tavern Plymouth, a photo by Pride in Our Past on Flickr. Via Flickr: All that’s left of the famous Lockyer Tavern, it’s ‘Back Bar’ was a meeting place for the gay community of Plymouth throughout the 1950′s, 60′s and 70′s. Long demolished, it’s now the garden of the Bank Pub and […]