Green Dragon, 3 Fore Street

The Green Dragon is now the Premier Shop, 3 Fore Street. In about 1995 Graham Barden, the owner of, what was then Londis found a ‘day’ book in the attic, on the inside page is written the following “This book began 14  November 1803 by Jane Scobell (The Day book found in the attic of 3 Fore Street is now held in the Town Hall, it lists sales at an Inn or similar, probably the Green Dragon)

Extract from a Poem written by Brian J Hooper former Headmaster St Andrews Primary School, Cullompton

Recruitment Sergeant “Now come on lads, let’s see who’s willing, To join the Colours, here’s a shilling”

Yokel “ I’ve never had twelve pence that’s mine, So show me where I have to sign”

Recruitment Sergeant: “Well done lad.  Now you’re in no flagging,  We meet each week at the Green Dragon”

The Dragon was a local bar, Where Kemps and Labdon’s Yard now are, Famous for its grog and gruel, And also for a fateful duel, That took place on a dreadful day before Queen Vic came here to stay, She wasn’t Queen then .. no, less, only a small royal Princess. (Queen Victoria was born in 1819).

Timeline for the Green Dragon

DateSource
1713Cullompton Parish Overseers of the Poor
Apprenticeship Indentures
John Jones apprenticed to Samuel Cross for the Green Dragon
Devon Records Office
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17 June 1726Indenture of demises of this date between Anthony Codner Merchant of the one part and Thomas Lefs? maltster of the other partSchedule of evidences re assignment of premises in Cullompton part of a tenement at the Green Dragon Inn
1745William Whitney  apprenticed to Thomas Pannell  for the Green Dragon Devon Records Office
2404A/PO/105/24
20 Dec
1755
Probate of the will of the said Thomas Lefs? of this dateSchedule of evidences re assignment of premises in Cullompton part of a tenement at the Green Dragon Inn
3 April
1756
Indenture of assignment by way of Settlement of this date between Thomas Lefs son of the Before mentioned Thomas Lefs of the first part Susannah Lefs of the second part Humphry Bliss Shopkeeper of the third part William Bliss Sergemaker of the fourth part and John Lefs Gentleman and Hugh Skinner Surgeon of the fifth partSchedule of evidences re assignment of premises in Cullompton part of a tenement at the Green Dragon Inn
21 May 1756Indenture of assignment of this date Between the said Thomas Lefs the son of the one part and the said Willaim Bliss of the other partSchedule of evidences re assignment of premises in Cullompton part of a tenement at the Green Dragon Inn
1 March 1758Indenture of assignment of this date Between the said William Bliss of the one part and Agnes Yorath? widow of the other partSchedule of evidences re assignment of premises in Cullompton part of a tenement at the Green Dragon Inn
1759James Wiley apprenticed to William Bliss for the Green DragonDevon Records Office
2404A/PO/159/5
25 June 1763Indenture of assignment of this date Between the said Agnes Yorath? of the first part and the said William Bliss of the second part and William Criddle Sergemaker of the third partSchedule of evidences re assignment of premises in Cullompton part of a tenement at the Green Dragon Inn
1 Nov 1763Indenture of assignment of this date Between the said William Bliss and Susannah his wife of the one part and the said William Criddle of the other partSchedule of evidences re assignment of premises in Cullompton part of a tenement at the Green Dragon Inn
Michas Term?
4th Geo 300?
Indentures of fine?  of the date levied pursuant to the last mentioned indenture wherein the said William Criddle was plaintiff and the said William Bliss and Susannah his wife were defendants
Schedule of evidences re assignment of premises in Cullompton part of a tenement at the Green Dragon Inn
5 Oct
1771
Probate of the said William Cridde will of this dateSchedule of evidences re assignment of premises in Cullompton part of a tenement at the Green Dragon Inn
10 March
1781
Indenture of assignment of this date Between  Mary Criddle spinster of the one part and Richard Rice carrier of the other partSchedule of evidences re assignment of premises in Cullompton part of a tenement at the Green Dragon Inn
2 June
1781
Indenture of assignment of this date Between Richard Rice of the one part and Humphry Blackmore Gentleman of the other partSchedule of evidences re assignment of premises in Cullompton part of a tenement at the Green Dragon Inn
29 Sept
1785
Indenture of assignment of this date Between the said Humphry Blackmore of the one part and the said Richard Rice of the second part and Humphry Mills the younger and William Haycraft Leatherdressers of the third partSchedule of evidences re assignment of premises in Cullompton part of a tenement at the Green Dragon Inn
1 Feb 1786Indenture of assignment of this date Between the said Humphry Mills of the first part the said William Haycraft of the second part Henry Mills fishmonger of the third part and Humphry Mills yeoman/father of the said Humphry Mills the younger and Henry Mills of the fourth partSchedule of evidences re assignment of premises in Cullompton part of a tenement at the Green Dragon Inn




1797Ann Pring  apprenticed to Humphry Mills for the Green Dragon endorsed “Mr Humphry Mills and Mr Wm Haycraft being joint occupiers .. apprentice .. Vestry Meeting … no apprentice should be bound to Mr Haycraft …. Of Ann PringDevon Records Office
2404A/PO/93/7
 
Note: In the 1790 Universal British Directory Mills and Haycraft are described as leather dressers and gloves

18 Nov 1799
Indenture of assignment of this date Between William Bliss yeoman son of the before mentioned William Bliss and Susannah his wife the before called Susannah Lefs of the one part and the said Humphry Mills William Haycraft and Henry Mills of the other partSchedule of evidences re assignment of premises in Cullompton part of a tenement at the Green Dragon Inn
13 April
1801
Indenture of assignment of this date Between Sarah Bliss spinster daughter of the said William Bliss and Susannah his wife for the first part and and the said Humphry Mills William Haycraft and Henry Mills of the other partSchedule of evidences re assignment of premises in Cullompton part of a tenement at the Green Dragon Inn
1 May 1804Probate of the will of the before mentioned Henry Mills of this dateSchedule of evidences re assignment of premises in Cullompton part of a tenement at the Green Dragon Inn
3 Nov 1807Deed poll under the Hands and Seal of Henry Skinner Esquire and William Brown merchantSchedule of evidences re assignment of premises in Cullompton part of a tenement at the Green Dragon Inn
1811William Manley 9  apprenticed to Humphry Mills for the Green DragonDevon Records Office
2404A/PO/161/8
8/9 Jan 1812Attested copy of Indenture lease release and assignment of this date between the said Humphry Mills of the one part and the said Henry Skinner and William Brown described as Bankers and Copasbiers? on the other partSchedule of evidences re assignment of premises in Cullompton part of a tenement at the Green Dragon Inn
7/8 Oct
1814
Attested copy of indenture of lease and release and assignment of this date between the said Humphry Mills of the first part William Mills Gentleman of the second part and Joseph Davey Sergemaker of the third partSchedule of evidences re assignment of premises in Cullompton part of a tenement at the Green Dragon Inn
1814Ann Foweraker  9  apprenticed to Humphry Mills, yeoman for the Green DragonDevon Records Office
2404A/PO/143/27
9/10 March 1815Indenture of lease release and assignment of this date Between the said Humphry Mills of the one part and the said William Mills of the other partSchedule of evidences re assignment of premises in Cullompton part of a tenement at the Green Dragon Inn
21 Aug 1818Indenture of assignment of this date Between the said Humphry Mills of the first part the said Henry Skinner and William Brown of the second part the said Joseph Davey of the third part and Joshua Williams Thomas Sparkes Joseph Sparkes and George Sparkes Bankers of the fourth partSchedule of evidences re assignment of premises in Cullompton part of a tenement at the Green Dragon Inn
30 June 1821Indenture of assignment of this date Between the said William Haycraft of the first part the said Humphry Mills of the second part the said William Mills of the third part and the said Thomas Sparkes Thomas Sparkes and George Sparkes of the fourth partSchedule of evidences re assignment of premises in Cullompton part of a tenement at the Green Dragon Inn
30 Nov 1823Indenture of assignment of this date Between the said Thomas Sparkes Joseph Sparkes and George Sparkes on the one part and the said Roger Morle on the other partSchedule of evidences re assignment of premises in Cullompton part of a tenement at the Green Dragon Inn
24 Dec 1823Mr Roger Morle to Trustees for Mrs Sarah Monkton –Assignment of premises in Cullompton, part of tenement called the Green Dragon InnOriginal document held in the Town Hall
1839 Tithe MapPlot 2511 Owned and occupied by Sarah Monkton
Plot 2512 (Part of Half Moon Inn) owned by Elizabeth Monkton, occupied by William Hodges
2512 is directly opposite Tiverton Road, 2511 is to the east of 2512 (site of Premier Shop)
8 July 1839“after a severe illness, Mr. James Monkton, a respectable and much esteemed inhabitant of Collumpton. He was taken from his chamber where he lay in a dying state, on Sunday during the awful fire; a burning flake, wafted from the lower part of the town, having fallen on premises near the house in which the unfortunate sufferer was expiring”.Exeter and Plymouth Gazette, 13 July 1839(3a)
1839Near the Half Moon the destruction of valuable property is very great.  A great number of houses continuous to the bank are total wrecks, but that building was savedExeter and Plymouth Gazette, 13July 1839(3a))
The Green Dragon was next door to the Half Moon (between the Half Moon and the bank)  Sarah Monkton is described as draper and tea dealer
1851 CensusSarah Monkton 54 Widow Annuitant
William Cottle 66 Visitor
Sarah Potter 19 Servant
1861
Census
Sarah Monkton 71
Ann Monkton 43 Daughter – Governess
Lucy J Hart 10 Boarder
Georgina Wray 6 Boarder
Sarah Paine 16 Servant
Listed as second premises in Fore Street (3 Fore Street)
1881 CensusAnn Monkton 63 Retired Governess
Emma Goldstone ? 60 Retired Governess
Edward Goldstone 60 Boarder  & Merchants Agent
Ann Goldstone 54 Wife of above
Ann Ellis Servant 28

Oct 1891
Invoice for repair of party wall between Mr Jago and Miss Monkton
(Miss Monkton to Richard Pearcey) 4s6d
Original document in the Town Hall
1911 CensusListed as private house Labdon