Kings Head, 33-35 High Street

It was originally a coaching inn named after Charles II part of the pub was once the library (33 High Street).  In 1903 an objection was received for the renewal of the licence because the landlord had been fined for keeping open his premises during prohibited hours.  The then landlord, Mr Darch, told the court that he had been in the house for 15 years, it was always full on market days and sometimes he had 30 horses in the yard.  He had 10 or 11 soldiers and horses billeted on him.

There is a story that the pub was haunted by a US airman who was stabbed in the public bar and has been back to haunt the pub on a number of occasions.

The section on the corner of Higher Mill Lane was Mrs Graves’ game, rabbit and poultry shop, in the 1950s this section was used as the public library.

King’s Head early 1900’s with shop next door (corner of Higher Mill Lane), which later became part of the King’s Head

Timeline

DateSource
1830Sarah Burnard Pigots
1839Sarah BurnardRobsons
1839
Tithe Map
Plot 2530 – Sarah Burnard
Plot 2531 – William Burnard
1844Sarah BurnardPigots
1850William BurnardWhites
1861
Census
Sarah Burnard 77 Innkeeper
Thomas Burnard 48 Maltser
Jane Burnard 39
1878/9William BurnardWhites
1889George DarchKellys
1891
Census
George Darch 60
Eliza Darch 52
Ellen Darch 22 Barmaid

1893
George DarchKellys
1901
Census
George Darch 60
Eliza Darch 52
Ellen Darch 22 Barmaid
1902George DarchKellys
1910George DarchKellys
1911
Census
Ellen Coote 39 Innkeeper
Sophia Coote 17 Daughter Drapers
Charles Coote 14 Son Butcher
1914Ellen Eliza Coote (Mrs)Kellys
1919Ellen CooteKellys
1923Ambrose Robert BaterKellys
12th June
1939
DISORDERLY WAYFARERS SENT TO PRISON AT TIVERTON
At a special sitting of Tiverton magistrates this morning two wayfarers, Patrick Petet Burke and Patrick Kinsella, were brought up in custody charged with being drunk and disorderly in Fore Street at 10.30p.m. on Saturday. Burke was also charged with stealing three darts from the KIngs’s Head, Cullompton.
P.C. Thomas said that the men were shouting in Fore Street, and he was forced to arrest them. On Burke he found three darts.
Mr Peters, licensee of the King’s Head, said the darts were used on his premises.
Each man was sentenced to seven days’ imprisonment for being drunk and disorderly, and Burke to seven days for the larceny of the darts.
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