"The George & Dragon Pub in Dartmouth is now Closed for Major Refurbishment and effectively Completely Rebuilding until Spring 2015".


The Exciting New Design and Layout will also be announced here and on our Facebook page, as will the exact Re-Opening Date as soon as it is confirmed.

G&D Construction Project Update-2 from the 27th February

The ground floor bar subfloors have also been poured yesterday - and whilst Grants Groundworks guys were on site to assist after they completed the basement wall pours – pouring pumped concrete floors with a flowable consistence is fast and thirsty work. They also used the free-flowing Sika Watertight Concrete for this as well – So there is no beer going to soak into these floors - we will have to recycle it!!!!!

Also now nearly all of the Internal sides of the external masonry walls have also been tanked with Sika Damp-proofing Slurry before the new insulation is installed (there never was a cavity or any insulation at all for the last 200 years. Main Contractor Building & Design Services have also used this tanking system to waterproof any other remaining stone and brickwork masonry which comes up through the new floors, but is not 'pretty enough' to retain as a finish, these will be redressed later on with the original 100-200 year old Torbay bricks that the Cashmandoo team reclaimed from the chimneys when they were removed during the enabling works at the end of last year.”

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G&D Update Friday 27th February

Construction Project Update 27th February: Starting to come out of the ground now with the first walls for the Upper Basement being formed, reinforced, prepared and sealed, then poured with Sika Watertight Concrete, which has also been used for underpinning what was the old kitchen wall and to support the new kitchen wall – Nearly 2 cubic metres of concrete have gone in this hole alone!”

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G&D Update Thursday 26th February

The latest ship to drop anchor on the George and Dragon hoarding and courtesy of our artist friend Paul Barclay, is one of the historic Lightships built by Philip & Sons in Dartmouth, probably the LV Osprey or LV Kittiwake (they were almost identical).

- More info for the rest of the history and boat geeks amongst us: Dart ship builders Philip and Son Ltd built a total of 35 lightships in the mid-20th Century, including a total of 29 vessels for Trinity House. The South Rock Light Vessel was formerly stationed for many years in the hazardous waters off the coast of County Down in Northern Ireland; where over the years it was actually 3 ships that were rotated to carry the ‘South Rock’ lettering. They were from the last series of 5 lightships built in Dartmouth for duties off the Irish Coast, all 134 feet long steel ships, the “Kittiwake”, the “Gannet”, the “Skua”, the “Osprey” and the “Shearwater”.

The LV Gannet was built in 1954 and when decommissioned as a manned Light Vessel as such, continued in service as an automatic light float until she was the last one to be decommissioned in 2009. LV Gannet is now being restored by enthusiasts in the Hoo Marina (Port Werburgh), on the North side of the Medway in the Thames/Medway Estuary in Kent we are told.

The LV Osprey was built in Dartmouth in 1955 and was decommissioned and sold in 1975 to be used as a floating oil berth for a time; however today she is currently moored on the River Seine in Paris, is resplendent in ‘lightship red’ décor throughout and open for business as the ‘Batofar Restaurant’ – According to recent Trip Advisor reviews the ‘Starboard’ Burgers are excellent and good value for Paris at just 22 Euros!! – though why you would eat burgers in Paris is beyond us!

The LV Shearwater was built in Dartmouth in 1955, decommissioned and sold in 1976, unfortunately she went for scrap.

The LV Kittiwake was launched in in Dartmouth 1959, decommissioned and sold in 2005 and she is currently privately owned and moored beside the O2 (Point Depot), in Dublin, undergoing restoration.

The last of the series was the LV Skua launched in Dartmouth in 1960, which was decommissioned and sold in 2005 and is currently said to be ‘rotting’ at the North Quay of Arklow Harbour, to the South of Dublin. However, the "Blue Planet" charity is apparently seeking restoration funds to preserve her.

Funnily enough the first South Rock Light Vessel was commissioned in 1877 to replace the original stone ‘waveswept’ style of light house tower that had been built and completed on the South Rock in 1797, but by the 1870’s was considered somewhat unsafe and no longer fit for purpose. Funnily enough, although all of the manned lightships have now gone, this original light tower is still standing and a famous landmark off the coast today, albeit unlit and now un-lightable, as the original lantern did remain for many years, but it was stolen in 1972 – probably by the thieves practising to steal the Skerries Buoy Bell which they did off Dartmouth a few years later!”

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Sunday 22nd February Construction update

Yes we finally have concrete and steel going into the ground at last earlier this week - Yay!

- The first pour of the Sika Watertight Concrete was completed this week for the necessary ring beam foundations and the upper basement floor slab with 4 readymix truckloads of around 6m3 each from Bardon (Aggregate Industries) plant in Kingsbridge and it was placed with a huge great pump that came all the way from Southampton on the day for some strange reason - Apologies for a few of the pictures being a bit dodgy - they were taken on a phone with the wrong settings as forgot the camera in all of the excitement – duh!

So now end of the week, initial formwork struck - a good finish achieved by Grants the Groundworks contractors for Main Contractor B&DS, who are now also nearly ready with formwork for the first wall pours and some more underpinning to the rear that is scheduled for Monday (tomorrow) when hopefully it will also stop raining – The below ground excavation has also now been able to move round the back of the historic building, working now through and under the old kitchen, toilets and rear entrance steps next to the newly infilled full height party wall with the M&S car park next door. This follows the underpinning and structural strengthening of the South West corner of the old building. Once the new basement and extensions are built this corner and its foundations will be taking and distributing a lot of the load from what at that point will be almost a four-storey building , which seems amazing all of a sudden!”

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More Ships Arrive at the G&D – Monday 9th February

Courtesy of our friend and fantastic Artist Paul Barclay http://www.paulbarclaydesigns.com/index.htm more historic and familiar shipping from the River dart has now arrived at the George & Dragon!

We hope these help to brighten up this corner of Dartmouth and our construction site hoarding, whilst the major refurbishment and rebuilding works continue inside that will also include more of Paul’s fabulous work.

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Additional G&D Project Update: January 2015 - The Kingswear Castle Paddle Steamer arrives at the George & Dragon!

Our friend and Local Artist Paul Barclay has brightened up this corner of Dartmouth with a great picture of the Kingswear Castle painted on our site hoarding. Paul will also be helping us with more of his fantastic local and maritime illustrations inside.

For any techy, historical interest, ship or steam enthusiasts and engineering type people who may appreciate some more background information:The Kingswear Castle is the UK's only remaining working coal fired paddle steamer, and she is now part of the National Historic Fleet. She was built in 1924 at Philip & Son Shipyards of Dartmouth and originally plied her trade between Totnes and Dartmouth until 1965. However her engines are even older and date from 1904; they were taken and re-used from her predecessor of the same name when she was broken up in 1924. In 1965 Kingswear Castle was withdrawn from service on the River Dart and was taken to work taking trips from the Isle of Wight, then fortunately she became the first purchase of the newly formed Paddle Steamer Preservation Society (PSPS) just two years later. After a great deal of restoration work she was brought into initial service again in 1985 on the Medway, and then following even more restoration, on 18 December 2012 she returned to the River Dart, under charter to the Dartmouth Steam Railway and Riverboat Company. She now runs seasonal passenger trips around Dartmouth Harbour and up the River Dart to Totnes - Another must-do on a visit to Dartmouth, before taking refreshment in the George & Dragon - when our own restoration is finished!

For even more information or to book a trip visit: http://kingswearcastle.co.uk/

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Project Update: 31st January 2015

Here are the latest G & D Refurbishment & Rebuilding project update pictures taken yesterday at the end of January - unfortunately more dodgy Dartmouth ground conditions and the necessary discussions with all powers that be have continued to delay the works but now finally (fingers-crossed) we have agreement on the key issues that means we really can crack-on with the excavation and begin concreting and underpinning etc. for the new basement and foundations with Sika Watertight Concrete next week!

Elsewhere progress is good with the old ground floor removed and prepared for the new slab and insulation etc., almost all of the necessary structural steel supports and strengthening is completed and the areas clear to work in - looking good. The first-fix Electrical and Plumbing works can also now start shortly working from the top down. Externally the Cashmandoo Team are now working with BDS and have nearly completed the infilling raised section of the old natural stone Shipyard Wall adjacent to M&S - Nice looking job too guys - Thank you to all involved - a lot of work and a lot of progress despite the various 'surprises' thrown at us.”


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Main Contractor On Site (Building & Design Services) – January 2015

Building & Design Services our Main Contractor are continuing to make progress now with structural strengthening with new steel supports resin anchoring etc., for upgrading and improving / altering the fabric of the existing G&D building. Cashmandoo is also now working together with BDS on the natural stone and masonry repair, rebuilding and extensions – the finished areas not sealed yet but looking really good on the M&S side of the wall. Internally the new structure is taking shape with exposed original character and features where possible and now insulation going in for the first time in nearly 200 years! Externally adverse ground conditions that we found in the only areas that we could not access to make exploratory trail holes during the enabling works (Murphy’s Law as usual) have meant around 4 weeks delay in the excavation and construction of the new cellar and additional foundations– But we are pleased to say that the engineering details and all of the necessary negotiations, agreements and approvals are now in place, so this will re-start and progress at a good pace beginning during this week – Pictures from Friday 16th January 2015.

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Main Contractor On Site (Building & Design Services) – December 2014

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Enabling Works Pictures – September to November 2014

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