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Old & Bygone Pubs
St Thomas & West of the River

Hold down LH mouse button to see where these pubs were on the modern street configuration. Use the links below to access a particular pub, inn or hotel.
Gateway developed the St Thomas shopping centre in 1972. Picturesque shops and houses were demolished to make way for the shopping centre including two Elizabethan Inns with courtyards, the Turks Head and Moreton Inn.

The development of the twin Exe Bridges and traffic scheme prompted the clearing of many of the buildings that stood at the end of Cowick Street and Alphington Street in 1960/61/62. An article in the Express & Echo at the time described this demolition as the biggest carried out since the blitz. The first bridge was opened in 1973. The Plymouth Inn, Bullers Arms and the Royal Oak were demolished at this point. The Half Moon stood beside the Royal Oak in Alphington Street according to one of Peter Thomas' photographs. This too was presumably lost at this time of demolition.

From 1682 to the latter part of the C19th, Alphington was famous for its Cattle and Horse Fairs and as a rendezvous to get transport to Haldon Races. The Horse Fair was the biggest in Devon and drew people from miles around. A great number of gypsies attended. The fair lasted two days and because of this 23 public or 'bush' houses were set up to cater for the crowds of people.

The fairs took place on the first Wednedsay after 20th June and also on the Wednesday after Michaelmasday. The 'bush' houses were so called, because when the beer and or cider was ready, a bush was hung outside the establishment. This practice it seems was not limited to Alphington, blackthorn bushes were hung outside many of the ale houses in Exeter in the early C14th and very possibly before.

The Michaelmass Fair was the biggest fair and was known as Goose Fair, frequented by geese eaters. Up to sixty Geese were cooked at the old Admiral Vernon to provide a feast for the visitors. The geese were first boiled and then browned on a spit. The last Cattle & Horse fair was in 1870.

The pubs are listed below, click on each to view.

Cowick St.

The Sawyers Arms
The Sawyers

Lamb and Lion
Prince Albert
The Roadhouse
The Showman

The Kings Arms
The Kings

The Pit

Platform 1
The Station
Imperial China

The Swan Inn
The White Swan

The Prince Albert
Sadlers Arms

The Barley Mow

Bonds Vaults

The Cowick Barton Inn

The Falmouth Inn
The First and Last

New Moreton Inn
Moreton Inn
Royal Oak

Dunsford Inn

Old Turks Head
The Turks Head

The Packhorse Inn

The Railway Inn
South Devon Railway Inn

The Valiant Soldier
The Valiant
The Longbrooke

Other St Thomas

Boot Inn
Vine Tavern
Vine Inn

The New Inn

The Plymouth Inn

New Plymouth Inn

The Royal Oak (A'ton St)

The Sun & Stars

The Ship Inn

The Union

The Half Moon Inn

The Seven Stars
Howards Commercial Hotel

The Seven Stars

The Okehampton Inn

The Bullers Arms Inn

Kings Arms
Green Gables Inn
Green Gables

The Malthouse
Harvester Malthouse

The White Hart

The Royal Oak (O'ton St)

King William IV
The King William

The Anchor Inn
The Anchor & Bodice


Fullers Arms

Victoria Inn

The Cowick Barton Inn

The Barley Mow

Ide & Cowley & Exwick

The Huntsman

The Bridge Inn
The Twisted Oak

The Poachers
The Exeter Inn
Railway Inn
The New Inn

The Three Horse Shoes Inn

Thatched House

Bullers Arms

Village Inn
The John Bull
The Lamb Inn

Halfway House PH


The Devon Motel
The Devon Hotel

Church House Inn
Red Lion
Admiral Vernon Inn
Vernons Head

The Bell Inn
Olde Bell Inn
Admiral Vernon Inn
Admiral Wine Bar
Admiral Inn

The New Inn

The Eight Bells

Brooklands Hotel

Salmon Pool Tea Gardens
The Salmon Pool

Exeter Tavern
Exeter Inn

The Turks Head

The Crawford

Double Locks

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