White Hart, Fore Street

The earliest records we have been able to find for the White Hart is 1723.  It was a centre for the town over centuries in ways which identify important historical events from non-conformists swearing allegiance to the crown in 1723; Vestry meetings from 1737; focus of procession of wool trade workers in 1761; meeting on Enclosure Act 1800;  Grand Western Canal meeting 1810; Cullompton Turnpike AGM 1830; Tithe Commissioners 1838; Petty Sessions 1846-7; many auctions; meetings of local groups such as Freemasons, Bible Society and Friends of the Conservative Cause.

It was one of many pubs which in the 19th century issued its own tokens.

Part of the site (21 Fore St) became a printers and stationery shop from 1857


1678-1869Title deeds, White HartDevon Records Offic74B/MT/1191-1195
1723In 1723 Thomas Fry of Cullompton promised allegiance to the Crown using the Quaker affirmation at the White Hart, Cullompton.
1728Elizabeth Savery apprenticed to William Hopping for White Hart  Devon Records Office
1754Francis Martyn apprenticed to Edward Cross for White HartDevon Records Office
5 Oct 1761A procession reported  to have taken place in Cullompton on 26 September  1761, on the day of the Coronation, which comprised  the several societies of husbandmen, woolcombers, spinners and weavers, with attendants (over 500 people) walking  to the White Hart Inn.”Sherborne
6 Oct 1762Assignment of demise. White Hart InnDevon Records Office
1767Henry Matthews apprenticed to Richard Bult for the White Hart by consentDevon Records Office
1799Sarah Mitchel apprenticed to Richard Boult for White Hart InnDevon Records Office 2404A/PO 145/1
17 Nov 1800Kentsmoor. Meeting of Proprietors of Rights of this common at Mr Tapscott’s, the White Hart Inn, Cullompton, to consider the Bill for Parliament for Inclosure of the Common.Sherborne
1809-1811The Phoenician Lodge of Freemasons met at the White Hart Cullompton
1 March 1810Grand Western Canal committee to meet at White Hart Inn Cullompton – incl Sir George Yonge Bart, William Brown, George Dunsford.Taunton Courier
1811Henry Blackmore apprenticed to James Tapscott for White Hart InnDevon Records Office
2 Sept 1812To be sold at White Hart Inn, Cullompton, the Manor of Piswell in Parish of Kentisbeare.London Courier
18 March
Freehold Mansion House to be sold by auction at the White Hart Inn … property at Craddock, Uffculme ‘3 miles from lime kilns’Taunton Courier
13 April 1815Meeting of Creditors of bankrupts Chambers, Granger and Chambers at White Hart CullomptonExeter Flying Post
4 May 1815The Bible Society of Cullompton to meet at the White Hart Inn, Cull.Exeter Flying Post
1817Rebecca Pokell apprenticed to Robert Frost Snr for Prowses, Speeds, Martins, Gubble Park, White Hart field and other groundsDevon Records Office

QS/63/2/14/226 James Tapscott White Hart Inn
29 Sept 1827Marriage: Richard second son of Mr James Tapscott, White Hart Inn, Cullompton  to Caroline, eldest daughter of ? Welment Esq, of TauntonExeter & Plymouth Gazette
25 Oct
A survey of property for sale to be held at White Hart CullomptonExeter Flying Post
21 August 1830Cullompton Turnpike, White Hart Inn 12 August 1830 Auction at the White Hart of tolls for Cullompton Turnpike in BroadclistExeter & Plymouth Gazette
1832Thomas Dolton , 11, apprenticed to Ann Tapscott, innkeeper White Hart Inn
4 August 1832Mr Tapscott, White Hart Inn, Cullompton, advertised for a housekeeper in a Gentleman’s family – she must be able to make pickles, preserves  etcExeter & Plymouth Gazette
24 May 1834Moorhayes to be sold at White Hart Inn in possession of Mr James Blackmore, Owner – farm 100 acresExeter & Plymouth Gazette
30 Sept 1837Dinner to celebrate return of Sir T Acland MP at White Hart Inn Cullompton ‘attendance of the Friends of the Conservative Cause is requested’.
North Devon election. Tickets for a dinner in Tiverton for gentlemen to celebrate election of Sir Thomas Acland available from various places incl White Hart Cullompton.
Exeter & Plymouth Gazette
29 Nov 1838Tithe Compulsory Commutation. The Asst Tithe Comissioners attended at White Hart Inn, Cullompton. Mr Mules and Son attended on behalf of a great many parishioners, describing hardships parishioners had suffered at the hands of the vicar.‘Vicarial tithes’. Long article
Exeter & Plymouth Gazette
21 Dec 1839Coach the White Hart : … Cullompton, Wellington   Taunton Bridgewater Wells to White Hart hotel Bath at 5pmExeter & Plymouth Gazette
1841Mortgage (1) Jame Bowerman of Cullompton Innkeeper
(2) Henry Kingwell junior of Clyst Hydon esquire, in trust for sale Premises White Hart, Principal £700
Devon Records Office
25 April 1846Robbery at White Hart Inn, Cullompton. Joseph Harvey Supervisor of Excise, residing at Wellington, was to meet the Collector of Excise at Cullompton. He had a carpet bag which was stolen plus a pair of silver salt spoons belonging to the respected landlady Mrs Bowerman.Western Times
12 Aug
Auction particulars from 3 places incl White Hart, Cullompton. Auction of outlying estates of Earl of Egremont (farms in Tiverton etc).London Evening Standard
3 Oct 1846Cullompton Petty Sessions at White Hart Inn, Cull. Drewe, Clarke, Huyshe, Capt White. Revision of Jury list (difference gentleman /yeoman) removal of paupers, stealing apples, hard labour, ill usage of wife, light weights, stealing parsnips from a field of James RichardsExeter & Plymouth Gazette
2 Oct 1847Cullompton Petty Sessions held at White Hart Inn Cullompton with Rev Clarke, Mr Drewe, Rev Sydenham, Capt White, Dr Hurley. Fines to Thomas Kerslake shopkeeper and Peter Luxton for ‘light weights’. Susan Payne charged with stealing apples – – she said she did it from poverty – fortnight in prison. Potato stealing. Leaving employment without due. Assaults notice: women employed by William Upcott assaulted a woman not in the Union.  Turnip stealing.Exeter & Plymouth Gazette
18 Nov 1847Details of sale of the White Hart Wellington (Inn and Posting House) from White Hart Cullompton (Mr Bowerman)Western Times
26 Jan 1848Cullompton Turnpike AGM at White Hart Inn for auditing the accounts.Taunton Courier
1 Nov 1849Cullompton Farmer’s Club ploughing competition followed by assembly at the White Hart, Cullompton (included DB Selwood). Speeches. Cullompton Glee Singers sang.Exeter Flying Post
1850Landlord: Ann BowermanWhites Trade Directory
1852-3Landlord: Eliza BowermanSlater’s Trade Directory
16 May 1857White Hart Inn to be let ‘a profitable business has been carried on for more than 60 years past. Attached to the dwelling house are convenient yard, stables, coach houses and all other offices requisite for contributing a large and respectable Hotel business’ and two large gardensExeter & Plymouth Gazette
1866Mr Thorne to sell by auction at White Hart Hotel elm timber trees and oak pollard stands in Greenend and Tie EstatesTiverton Gazette
27 Feb 1873Sale of Freehold property by Mr Stafford at the White Hart HotelWestern Times
20April 1876Mrs Bolt, White Hart Hotel, Cullompton . Ad for servant who can cook in a family with no childrenWestern Times
27 Feb 1877White Hart, Cullompton. MGS Emile will deliver his Wonderful French lecture by kind request in the White Hart Room …admission one shilling [then to the Atheneum, Exeter] ‘In a few minutes those who have not previously learned French are able to conjugate thousands of French verbs….’Exeter & Plymouth Gazette
1878/9Landlord: Herman Tozer BoltWhites Trade Directory
25 March 1878Transfer of mortgage: dwelling houses and inn (including skittle alley) called the White Hart in Fore Street in occupation of John Baker and the dwelling house, shop and printing office in occupation of Isaac FrostDevon Records Office
26 March 1878Assignment, Cullompton
1)      Thomas Webber of Cullompton, builder
2)      Richard Sherman of 25 Porter Street, Soho, Middlesex
Premises: White Hart in High Street with garden backing onto Middle Mill Lane, all in occupation of Herman Tozer Bolt, with right to use the stream of water running through courtyard and to take water from the pump adjoining belonging to Thomas Webber
Devon Records Office
1881 CensusThomas Cape 38 Innkeeper
Mary Ann Cape 30
William White Cape 6
Thomas Cape 5
Joseph Cape 4
Annie Cape 2
Eliza Mann 24 cook domestic
Elizabeth Lane 14 general servant
John Sweetland 40 visitor gentleman
26 Jan 1892Premises, dwelling house, shop, printing office and workshop being parcel of premises formerly called the White Hart Inn, in occupation of 2) and Messrs Stuckeys Banking Co Ltd in Fore Street
1914Landlord: Miss Edith HolmdenKellys Trade Directory