History of the Passage House
"Having Greeted Travelers’ Throughout the Centuries"
There has been a hostelry on this site since Roman times welcoming travelers who sampled the fine fayre and local brews, a tradition up – held to this day.
Guests in previous years, especially the clergy on their travels between Torre Abbey in Torquay and Bishopsteignton, used to rest here with us with their pack horses whilst waiting to use the tidal ford to cross the River Teign. It is believed that part of the Roman road can still be found under the floor of The Old Inn.
In later years the granite railway, remains of which can still be seen, was built in order to link the granite quarries on Dartmoor, before becoming a National Park, to the Stover and Hackney canals. Stone was transported down the River Teign to the docks at Teignmouth via barges operated by the lighterman, as was clay from local pits, both to be exported worldwide.
The stone that was used to build the Old London Bridge came from these quarries. The scene then was a hive of activity, now it is one of tranquility.
The passage House is located in what was the little hamlet of Hackney, so named after the fishing nets once used on the river.
Hackney itself consisted if the Inn and a number of small cottages occupied by the barges or lighterman who worked the local canals and river. The cottages, to the right of the Passage House Inn along the river bank, are now derelict but still visible though the overgrown fruit trees.
The setting of the Passage House Inn is quite stunning. It is situated on the northern bank of the River Teign at the head of the estuary.
The surrounding area is one of the most important wildlife habitats in the West Country, teaming with wildlife. In contrast to the wild and rugged terrain of Dartmoor, the veil around the estuary throughout the seasons is a calm and peaceful haven for birds, including many usual migrants.