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Bygone Pubs, Northgate & North

North Gate 1876, and previous
Lower North Street was originally the main route to and from the City's North Gate. A regular six horse coach service from Barnstaple to Exeter prompted the removal of the gate in 1769 allowing the coach to enter the City. Passengers normally got off at the Barnstaple Inn (burned down in the late 1970's), Plume of Feathers and the Blackboy Inn. The Iron Bridge was built in 1834 to allow easier access to the City.

The late C17th and early years of C18th saw a marked increase in the number of new inns to cater for the heavier traffic in Wool, Yarn, Corn and meat, coming into the City through the North Gate. For centuries the North Gate area had very few Inns, the only one of any real importance being the 'George' near the top of Northgate Street (mentioned in a deed of 1578), though the Black Dog just beside the gate was of some antiquity. Within a few years, several others had arisen, notably The North Devon in 1681, the Barnstaple Inn and Elephant Inn in Northgate Street (now North Street) and the Packhorse Inn.

Much of Paul Street was hit by incendiary bombs during WW2 and many of the Street's pubs were burned out then. By all accounts these pubs were generally not were you'd take your wife, but often where you might cheat on her.

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St Davids & North

The Jolly Porter
Elmfield Hotel

The Railway Inn
The Railway Hotel
Great Western Hotel

Red Cow Inn (st Davids)

Foresters Arms (st Davids)

Cowley Bridge Inn
The New Inn

Artful Dodger
John Bull

Hotel Windsor

Beech Hill Hotel

Imperial Hotel
The Imperial


The London Inn
The Mitre
The Exchange
Three Fat Fish

Elephant Inn

Crown & Sceptre
The City Gate Hotel

Barnstaple Inn

The Plume Of Feathers

Crediton Inn

The Packhorse Inn

St Anne's Well Brewery
Fizgig and Firkin
The Fizgig

The George Inn

Hexter's Vaults
The Longbar
Golden Heart
Porter Blacks
Tiger Bill's

The Fleece

The Blackdog

The Blackboy Inn

The Northbridge Inn
New Ship Inn

The Bridge Inn

Follet's Arms
The New Inn

The Lord Nelson

The Falcon

North Devon Inn

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