Pony & Trap, Exeter Hill

Also known as the Commercial Inn

We think that the Commercial Inn, which in 1976 was renamed the Pony & Trap is built on land that was originally the Admirals Hawke & Blakeney. The last reference I have been able to find for the Admiral Hawke is 1853, it appears to have been located in Exeter Street (Exeter Road) to the north side of the Quakers Meeting House which we understand was behind it.  It is believed that the Quakers burial ground is in the garden to the rear of the pub.

Hawke is the Admiral who defeated the French at Quiberon Bay in 1759 and was a national hero.

Unable to locate on the 1839 Tithe Map.

In 1976 the Commercial Inn was renamed the “Pony & Trap” .  No-one could think of an appropriate sign for the Commercial Inn and Mrs Dorothy Pring, the wife of the  landlord Alan Pring, suggested a change of name as a reminder of Mr Oburn (Obie) Luxton and his horse Snowball.  Mr Luxton lived close to the pub and Snowball was stabled underneath the skittle alley for many years.

The pub sign at that time showed  Mr Luxton and Snowball who walked the streets of Cullompton for 39 years.  Mr Luxton first drove one of his father’s cabs to and from the railway station and later he had his own courier business with a horse and cart in Cullompton.  At one time Obie would drive up through the town ringing a bell to let everyone know he was going to Exeter, to which town he would deliver parcels and letters.

Timeline

DateSource
1878George Luxton & Leather dealer and upholsterer Whites
1881
Census
George Luxton 44 Cabinet Maker employing 9 men, 7 boys
Lydia Luxton 43
Eva Luxton 21 daughter housekeeper
Edwin Luxton 20 son cabinet maker
Fanny Luxton 18 daughter bar girl
Peter Luxton 11 son
Lillian Luxton 10
George Luxton 8
Louisa Luxton 3
Flora Luxton 0
Walter Reed 50 servant, paper hanger
Augusta Chambers 15 male servant, apprentice cabinet maker
Emma Dummett 17 domestic servant
1889George LuxtonKellys
1891
Census
George Luxton 53 cabinet maker and upholsterer
Lydia Luxton wife 54
Edwin Luxton son 29 cabinet maker
Peter Luxton son 21accountant
George Luxton son 18 upholsterer
Mabel Luxton daughter 13
May Luxton daughter 10
1896George LuxtonKellys
1901
Census
Edmund Ayres 60 Licensed Victualler
Sarah Ayres 61 wife
Mildred Ayres 16 neice
1902 & 1910Edmund AyresKellys
1914, 1919 and 1923John HineKellys
Note: The is a Commercial Inn listed in Pigots Directory 1830 with Robert Staddon as landlord but this is probably a different premises