Devonshire Inn, Queens Square

Located where the present day cottages run off Queen Square towards Cockpit Hill.  Licence not renewed in 1903, as the Police complained that there were too many entrances to the house.  It was stated at time that ‘the landlord, Mr Benjamin Elston, was a respectable man.  He had been landlord for 8 years and had no occupation, getting crippled up a bit’

Timeline for the Devonshire Inn

DateSource
1839
Tithe Map

Plot 2446 – Owner Ann Brice, Richard Mortimore, James Brice, Trustees of the late John Brice
Tenant Ann Brice and others
1844Mary WrayPigots
1850Elisha BerryWhites
1851
Census
John Sanders 34 Innkeeper
Harriett Sanders 30
Elizabeth A Sanders 4 Daughter
William H Sanders 2 Son
Hannah Killey (or Kelly) 42 Aunt
Jane Hodges 14 House Servant
21 Feb 1865The Devonshire Inn, Cullompton
 
Theophilus Bartlett
Begs to announce to his friends and the public generally that he has taken possession of the above well known Hostelry, and
The Opening dinner
Will take place on Wednesday the 22nd inst. and a Public Ball will be held the following night, when he hopes to have the pleasure of meeting of his friends of Cullompton and Tiverton.
Tickets of admission to the ball 2s.0d and 1s.6d
Double 3s.6d.
 
Thomas Bartlett Hon.Sec.
Western Times
1878-9William Walters Victualler & Town CrierWhites
1881 CensusWilliam Walters 30 Mason journeyman
Harriett Walters 30
Lucy Walters 8
William Walters 7
Eliza Walters 5
Florence Walters 1
Edith Walters O
Eliza Baker – General Servant 14
Samuel Flood 64 Boarder Widower
1889William Walters Kellys
1893George Sidney RoweKellys
10th September 1894The Magistrates present yesterday were Messrs T. Turner and W.J.A. Grant, William Cook, carrier, was fined the costs (7s.6d.) for drunkenness at Cullompton. P.C. Tozer stated the case.  Tom Whitton, labourer, Cullompton, pleaded not guilty to a charge of assaulting George Sidney Rowe, landlord of the Devonshire Inn, Cullompton.  It was alleged that the defendant struck the complainant in the face when the latter was about to eject him from the inn for disorderly conduct.  Defendant denied the charge, and said the complainant might have received the blow in the general scrimmage which occurred. The bench thought there was a certain amount of provocation, but as that did not justify the assault they fined the defendant the costs, 10s.6d.Exeter & Plymouth Gazette
1901 CensusBenjamin Elston 60 Innkeeper
Harriett Elston 58
Benjamin Elston 15 Son
1902Benjamin ElstonKellys
5th August 1903Notice of Sale at the Railway Inn, Cullompton
Devonshire Inn: Freehold Residence and Freehold Estate
 
All that Freehold Dwelling House situate at Queen’s Square, close to the centre of the town of Cullompton, and known as the Devonshire Inn
 
Comprising Bar, Sitting Room and Tap Room, Kitchen, back kitchen, 4 bedrooms, underground cellar with paved back yard, Brew House with loft over, 2 stall stable, 2 WCs and Lavatory, in the occupation of Mr Benjamin Elston.
 
The property is in excellent condition having been recently renovated with new slate roof at a considerable outlay, and the drainage is perfect.
 
There is a road all around the Property and an excellent Pump of Water on the premises, and gas is laid on.
 

This property is adapted for any kind of business, and from its good situation being so commodious, could easily be converted into 4 cottages, which are much in demand in that locality.
Exeter & Plymouth Gazette