Rising Sun, Corner of Fore Street and Church Street

The earliest record we have found for the Rising Sun Public House is 1850 (Whites) . It is believed that Mr Sellwood was offended by the number of public houses in the town and purchased the Rising Sun for conversion to the YMCA in the 1930s. It later became the Labour Exchange, run by Len Dyer, who took over the front of the ground floor and the rear was used as a Boys’ Club. During WW2 the ladies of Cullompton ran a teetotal canteen on the ground floor.

It was purchased by Cullompton United Charities and became known as Community House but has recently been sold for conversion into flats.

Timeline for the Rising Sun

1852/3William Broom listed as Maltster
(Rising Sun not listed under Taverns)
9 August
Helmore & Sons are instructed to offer for SALE on Wednesday the 10th day of August next, precisely at Four o’Clock in the afternoon, at the Rising Sun, Cullompton, the undermentioned HOUSES AND LANDS in the following lots:
Lot 4. – The Reversion in Fee of the above Inn, called the Rising Sun, now held by Mr Broom, for the residue of a term of 99 years, now determinable on the deaths of the survivors of two lives aged respectively fifty nine and sixty years.
For viewing, apply on the respective premises and for particulars, to the Auctioneers, Cowley Hill, Exeter
Dated 16 July 1855
Exeter Flying Post
1861 CensusEdmund Broom 32 Innkeeper
Charlotte Broom 29
Maria Broom 6
Bessie Broom 2
Kate Broom 6 months
Mary ? servant 17 Domestic Servant
Emma Manley Servant 12 Nursemaid
Joseph ?  Lodger 27 Corporal Grenadier Guards
Listed as Rising Sun
8 August
Auction – Rising Sun, Cullompton Important Sale for Innkeepers, Brokers and others – Mr W B Hart
Has received instructions to SELL by auction, on Monday, August 14TH 1865, all the STOCK-IN TRADE, brewing utensils, fixtures, beer, cyder, casks, household furniture, and other effects, in the above house, for further particulars see small bills.
N.B. – the above mentioned Public House to be LET  possession may be had immediately after the Sale.  To view and Treat for the same apply to the Auctioneer or to Mr S Goodhind, Junr, on the premises.”
Tiverton Gazette
1878/9Edmund Broom landlordWhites
Edmond Broom 52 Widower: Innkeeper and Maltser
Maria Broom daughter 26 Drapers Assistant
Kate Broom daughter  20 Housekeeper
Laura Broom daughter 14 Scholar
1889Samuel Leonard CoxwellKellys
John Hart 39 Licensed Victualler
Mary A Hart 35
Emma Hart1 17 sister-in-law
Alfred Burrow 24 boarder
1893John HartKellys
22 May
For the benefit of doubt Albert Miller and Frederick Wood were summoned for being at the Rising Sun Inn, Cullompton, during prohibited hours on May 8.  Mr J Beal (Exeter) defended.  The police saw the defendants enter the Inn at 1am and leave it at 2.25.  The answer to the charge was that the landlord (Mr J Hart) and the defendants were returning from a political gathering, when the former invited the latter, as friends, to have supper at his house.  The defendants partook of bread and cheese, and drank a glass of beer each, but paid for nothing.  After hearing the evidence on both sides the Magistrates expressed the opinion that is was a very difficult case in which to form a conclusion, and the defendants were given the benefit of the doubt by the dismissal of the summons. At the same time the Bench considered that the police acted rightly in bringing the matter before the court”Exeter & Plymouth Gazette
11 Feb
The Licence of the Rising Sun, Cullompton, temporarily transferred from Mr Hart to Nicholas Grant, builder, Newton AbbotWestern Times
1901 CensusJohn James Kerswell licensed victualler 40
Fanny Kerswell 40
Alice Mann neice
Edward Roberts visitor, bootmaker 37
George Francis Boucher visitor, leather agent 36
1902John James KerswellKellys
2 July
The license of the Rising Sun Inn, Cullompton, was transferred from Mr Charles Howe to Mr Henry Meirs.Western Times
1910Henry MearsKellys
7 Feb
Louisa Mitchell, married, Cullompton, pleaded guilty at the Cullompton Petty Sessions, yesterday, to sending her son, Frederick, under the age of 14 years, to the Rising Sun Inn, Cullompton, for the purpose of getting beer not in a sealed vessel.
PC Gill said he saw the boy leave the public house with a pint of beer in an unsealed bottle.  He asked his age, and he replied that he was 14 this year.  Questioned as to the month, the boy said November.  He said he told the landlord he was 14.  Witness questioned the landlord, and he replied that the boy, whom he had served on and off for about 3 years, had always said he was 14.  On one occasion the landlord’s wife offered to seal the bottle but the boy answered “Don’t seal it”.
Defendant said she had told the boy to tell the landlord his age, and, therefore, she considered that the responsibility rested on the latter.  The Bench imposed a fine of 7s 6d inclusive.”
Exeter & Plymouth Gazette
1914 Charles KnowlesKellys
17 Sept
Mr M J McGahey, of Exeter, represented the owners, Messrs Starkey, Knight and Ford, of Tiverton, of the Rising Sun Inn, a Cullompton ale house, occupied by William Henry Quick. – Mr N Cook, auctioneer, of Tiverton, said the rental value was £40 a year, and if turned into a shop it would be £20 net. – Mr Ed.Crease, manager for the owners, gave evidence, and the Committee awarded £800 compensation, the claim being £1,450. – Mr. McGahey intimated that the amount would be accepted.  There would be no division of the amount as there was no tenant, the house being now conducted by a manager.Western Times