Unknown artist (19th century): Royal Pearce's Hotel, Falmouth - The London , Plymouth & Penzance Mails Daily, Hearses & Mourning Coaches to any part of England, Coffee Room, signed, etching, 11 x 17.5 cms. Presented by Jo Willis in memory of her father, Dr John Deeble.
This hotel dates from the Packet service, and was built to accommodate packet captains. It became the town's main coaching Inn and had stables, a smithy, and the town's first gasworks in the rear. The Royal Mail coaches departed for London daily, and it was from here that Charles Darwin caught a coach having arrived aboard The Beagle on the 2nd October 1836.