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History

Hostel Damelza continues a family tradition of offering homely, affordable accommodation in 38 Fore Street St Ives that stretches back to 1895! Damelza was bought that year by our Great-Great-Grandfather Thomas Richards and it has been in our family ever since. We know for sure that Great-Great-Granny took in lodgers, and the fantastic breakfasts cooked for bed and breakfast guests by our Auntie Doris during the 1950s-1980s were legendary! Patrick and Mitch, and Isabel and Darren (with Stewie their cat), have run it as a Hostel in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

If you'd like to know some of the fascinating local history of St Ives itself, check out 'A Word in Your Ear', written by our Grampy Tom Richards (who was born on Virgin Street, a couple of streets away from Hostel Damezla). This is a collection of articles previously published in the St Ives Times and Echo. How did the Digey (pronounced DIEGEE) get it's name? How did there come to be Fisherman's Co-op on the Wharf? You can read the Hostel Damelza copy of 'A Word in Your Ear', and if you enjoy it, buy your own from The St Ives Archive Centre.