Fountain Inn, 12-14 Fore Street

Established in 1798 it was originally the Fountain Inn.

“There was a side window which overlooks Fore Street and the landlord would watch for the congregation coming out of the church on Sunday and have the pints of beer lined up on the bar by the time his regulars arrived at church”

In 1841 it belonged to the Foster family and later became known as Foster’s Chemists.  As well as running a pharmacy, with large bottles labelled with gold leaf titles, Murray T Foster was a keen botanist with many exotic plants in his heated greenhouses, a local historian of some note and the keeper of the meteorological records for the area. 

Timeline

DateSource
1844MEDICAL INVALID, Joseph Foster, Fore st. FIRE, &c. OFFICE AGENTS. 24 ; DISSENTERS’ & GENERAL
Jos. Foster, Fore st. FIRE, &c. OFFICE AGENTS. James Collings
 Pigots
1851 CensusJoseph Foster, 57, chemist and druggist, wine merchant spirit merchant, born London
Margaret E, wife, 50, born London
Margaret, cousin, unmarried, 37, lodger, born London
Henry Thornton, unmarried, 21, druggist apprentice, born Burliscombe
1861
Census
Joseph Foster, unmarried, 34, chemist and druggist, born Cullompton
Margaret Ellen Foster, mother, 59, born London
Margaret Foster, cousin, 47, housekeeper, born London
George Edmunds, 18, chemist apprentice, born Dublin, Ireland
1864Will of Margaret Ellen Foster74B/MT/2087
1867Will of James Murray Foster74B/MT/2084
1871
Census
Joseph Foster, 44, druggist and spirit merchant, born Cullompton
Jane, 41, born Cullompton;
?, 3, born Cullompton
William Toogood, father-in-law, widow, 78, late bank manager, born Cullompton
Mary J Frost, wife’s cousin, 12, scholar, born Cullompton
James H Squire, 14, druggist apprentice, born Bradninch
Mary Ann Gardner, 23, general domestic servant, born Bampton
1873Will of Margaret Foster74B/MT/2086
1881
Census
Joseph Foster, 54, druggist and spirit merchant, captain, A company, 3rd something volunteers, born Cullompton
Jane, wife, 51, born Cullompton
Mary Jane Biss, 21, general domestic servant, born Cullompton
Susan Ann Biss, 11, occasional helps, born Cullompton
1889
Will of Jane Foster74B/MT/2085
1889
Royal Exchange, J. Foster, Fore street.Kellys
1891 Census
Joseph Foster, 64, druggist and spirit merchant, born Cullompton
Annie, Susan Biss, 20, general domestic servant

1901
Census
Joseph Foster, 74, widower, druggist and spirit merchant, employer, born Cullompton
Murray, F, son, married, 33, assistant to his father, worker, born Cullompton
Sarah Pratt, 25, domestic servant, born Plymtree
1911
Census
Murray Toogood Foster, 43, pharmacist, wine and spirit merchant, employer working from home, Emma, 33, born Cullompton
James Murray, 10, at school, born Cullompton
Enid Amy, daughter, 1, born Cullompton
1914
Foster Murray Toogood, pharmacist, Fore Street.

Kellys
1919Foster Murray Toogood, pharmacist, wine & spirit merchant & seedsman, Fore Street.Kellys
1939
Foster Murray Toogood J.P. pharmacist, Fore St.
Kellys