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The Old well formally the Railway Hotel

The Railway hotel Mutiny
July 1877 and soldiers of the Durham fusilier Militia are in a cheerful mood as they arrive at Barnard castle station . On a hot sticky Saturday. They had been looking forward to their annual spell of training in the town Most of them had been to the town before and thought of it as a pleasant country respite rather than an exercise
The men lined up at the front of the station, Each was numbered off and sent to their billets , Some in two's and threes to private homes and a number of Larger groups were billeted in Hotels and Inns .
The good people of Barnard castle who were willing to take the soldiers in , had to apply to Superintendent Thompson head of the local Police , He also acted as billeting master They were paid a billeting fee of Four pence per man per night .
That Saturday in July 1877 20 soldiers were sent marching through the town to the the n Railway Hotel on the Bank. This today is the Old Well Inn , a popular and well run establishment today , However in 1877 things were very different when the soldiers came to stay.
They found the conditions so little to their liking that before long those thoughts of a pleasant stay began to vanish and slowly but surely thoughts of Mutiny began
As it turned out , their stay did result in two charges being brought under the mutiny act , not against the soldiers , both were made against John Myers Land lord of the Railway Hotel. One of the strangest prosecutions ever recorded in the Dale.
Mr Myers by taking in these soldiers at the peak of the season , Myers was entitled to be paid £2 a week , not for each man but for all of them. He did not have to feed them, but even so it does not look like they were over paying even by 1877 standards
The Mens biggest grumble was about the beds . They found them impossible to sleep on . Some of them were made of uneven boards and some were to small . The Mattress and bolsters were only partly filled with chaff, so the boards could be felt through them.
After just one night at the Railway Hotel ,the men all 20 of them put in a joint compliant . So one of there officers , Captain Lawson went to inspect the the billet . He declared it to be the worst he had seen in his 16 yeas he had been with the Militia !
He describes the beds as not fit for purpose and said he would rather sleep on the floor than the beds. So much for that pleasant country break .
Dr Munro who acted as the Militia surgeon was called in to see the billet . He agreed that the men had every right to complain .He asked the Landlord to repair the beds , fill the mattress and bolster with more chaff and provide blankets for all 20 men within 48 hrs .
Mr Myers made no improvements at all , So he was charged under the mutiny act ,That he unlawfully and willfully neglect and refuse to afford and provide proper accommodation for the Militia men, by not providing proper beds and bedding
John Myers appeared before a special court at Barnard castle . His solicitor suggested that the men were only complaining because he refused to serve them drinks after hours. His staff claimed all the beds and bedding had been washed before the soldiers arrived , and it was their filthy habits that had dirtied the Bedding
The Magistrates however took one look at the billet . The chairman Morley Headlam found the place was unfit and improper . The Beds were a disgrace and no respectable person should be put in them! In fact he added , Paupers and vagrants were given better at the Workhouse . John Myers was fined £5 and ordered to put things right within two days. Again once more he did nothing .
He was again charged and taken back to court. He did not appear himself His wife went in his place stating Mr Myers had been called away on urgent business
Dr Munro said he had visited the billet after two days and still nothing had been done .This time the magistrate was R A Morritt and he said he had also visited this notorious billet " I Have never seen such a disreputable state in all my life " He said to Mrs Myers " The wonder is these men put up with it so long , that they have not pulled the place down around your ears is no small wonder " he went on
Mrs Myers replied " Why , they have already tried that" she stated the soldiers had arrived drunk and behaved very badly .
A representative of the brewery which owned the Hotel was in the court, having heard the case by chance. He was told that something had to be done about the Hotel " Before this days sun goes down" The court wanted to give the men at least a few good nights sleep.Before they left.
John Myers Complained bitterly afterwards , and some of his regulars believed he had been victimized by the troops it was certain Mr Myers had no grat future in the licensed trade
After the second court case the beds were improved , but the atmosphere in the Railway hotel was tense for the Militia mens last few days at the Railway Hotel.
The last Saturday in July 1877 and the whole regiment of Durham Fusilier Militia lined up outside Barnard castle station, to receive their Bounty payments , before piling onto the trains that would take them home. Most had enjoyed their stay in pleasant Barnard castle , However 20 of there number were tired and weary with rather stiff backs and probably thinking they deserved an extra bounty after spending nights at the uncomfortable Railway Hotel .
In Teesdale after this event , it was a common saying about any un comfortable bed. you would hear them say to the owner , after spending the night " where did thee get that bed from-the Railway Hotel ?" and anyone who had doubts about the Farm / town lodgings , would turn them down with "no thank you - I would rather stay at the Railway Hotel "
Thankfully the Old well inn on the Bank in Barnard castle today is a completely different place today and well worth a visit besides you may meet the ghost in one of there rooms or rediscover a lost treasure from its well , but that's a whole other Tale .....
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17 hours ago

The Old well formally the Railway Hotel

The Railway hotel Mutiny
July 1877 and soldiers of the Durham fusilier Militia are in a cheerful mood as they arrive at Barnard castle station . On a hot sticky Saturday. They had been looking forward to their annual spell of training in the town Most of them had been to the town before and thought of it as a pleasant country respite rather than an exercise
The men lined up at the front of the station, Each was numbered off and sent to their billets , Some in twos and threes to private homes and a number of Larger groups were billeted in Hotels and Inns .
The good people of Barnard castle who were willing to take the soldiers in , had to apply to Superintendent Thompson head of the local Police , He also acted as billeting master They were paid a billeting fee of Four pence per man per night .
That Saturday in July 1877 20 soldiers were sent marching through the town to the the n Railway Hotel on the Bank. This today is the Old Well Inn , a popular and well run establishment today , However in 1877 things were very different when the soldiers came to stay.
They found the conditions so little to their liking that before long those thoughts of a pleasant stay began to vanish and slowly but surely thoughts of Mutiny began
As it turned out , their stay did result in two charges being brought under the mutiny act , not against the soldiers , both were made against John Myers Land lord of the Railway Hotel. One of the strangest prosecutions ever recorded in the Dale.
Mr Myers by taking in these soldiers at the peak of the season , Myers was entitled to be paid £2 a week , not for each man but for all of them. He did not have to feed them, but even so it does not look like they were over paying even by 1877 standards 
The Mens biggest grumble was about the beds . They found them impossible to sleep on . Some of them were made of uneven boards and some were to small . The Mattress and bolsters were only partly filled with chaff, so the boards could be felt through them.
After just one night at the Railway Hotel ,the men all 20 of them put in a joint compliant . So one of there officers , Captain Lawson went to inspect the the billet . He declared it to be the worst he had seen in his 16 yeas he had been with the Militia !
He describes the beds as not fit for purpose and said he would rather sleep on the floor than the beds. So much for that pleasant country break .
Dr Munro who acted as the Militia surgeon was called in to see the billet . He agreed that the men had every right to complain .He asked the Landlord to repair the beds , fill the mattress and bolster with more chaff and provide blankets for all 20 men within 48 hrs .
Mr Myers made no improvements at all , So he was charged under the mutiny act ,That he unlawfully and willfully neglect and refuse to afford and provide proper accommodation for the Militia men, by not providing proper beds and bedding
John Myers appeared before a special court at Barnard castle . His solicitor suggested that the men were only complaining because he refused to serve them drinks after hours. His staff claimed all the beds and bedding had been washed before the soldiers arrived , and it was their filthy habits that had dirtied the Bedding
The Magistrates however took one look at the billet . The chairman Morley Headlam found the place was unfit and improper . The Beds were a disgrace and no respectable person should be put in them! In fact he added , Paupers and vagrants were given better at the Workhouse . John Myers was fined £5 and ordered to put things right within two days. Again once more he did nothing .
He was again charged and taken back to court. He did not appear himself His wife went in his place stating Mr Myers had been called away on urgent business 
Dr Munro said he had visited the billet after two days and still nothing had been done .This time the magistrate was R A Morritt and he said he had also visited this notorious billet  I Have never seen such a disreputable state in all my life  He said to Mrs Myers  The wonder is these men put up with it so long , that they have not pulled the place down around your ears is no small wonder  he went on 
Mrs Myers replied  Why , they have already tried that she stated the soldiers had arrived drunk and behaved very badly .
A representative of the brewery which owned the Hotel was in the court, having heard the case by chance. He was told that something had to be done about the Hotel  Before this days sun goes down The court wanted to give the men at least a few good nights sleep.Before they left.
John Myers Complained bitterly afterwards , and some of his regulars believed he had been victimized by the troops it was certain Mr Myers had no grat future in the licensed trade
After the second court case the beds were improved , but the atmosphere in the Railway hotel was tense for the Militia mens last few days at the Railway Hotel.
The last Saturday in July 1877 and the whole regiment of Durham Fusilier Militia lined up outside Barnard castle station, to receive their Bounty payments , before piling onto the trains that would take them home. Most had enjoyed their stay in pleasant Barnard castle , However 20 of there number were tired and weary with rather stiff backs and probably thinking they deserved an extra bounty after spending nights at the uncomfortable Railway Hotel .
In Teesdale after this event , it was a common saying about any un comfortable bed. you would hear them say to the owner , after spending the night  where did thee get that bed from-the Railway Hotel ? and anyone who had doubts about the Farm / town lodgings , would turn them down with no thank you - I would rather stay at the Railway Hotel 
Thankfully the Old well inn on the Bank in Barnard castle today is a completely different place today and well worth a visit besides you may meet the ghost in one of there rooms or rediscover a lost treasure from its well , but thats a whole other Tale .....

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9 Real ales only at The Old Well Inn. 
Bar snacks. Home made curries by Rima. Kids zone and pet friendly.
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