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London Inn

Date of photo: 1950

Picture source: "Pubs and Inns of Ashburton" by Pete Webb, Obelisk

The London Inn was situated on West Street. A 15th century coaching house, landlords included the Angel family, up to 1866, William Hill until 1894,  and Arthur Cove from 1919. Sold by Symons Brewery in 1958 it became a free house. Landlords from 1979 until it was closed by a fire in 1997 (see photo below) were the Thompson family. They also ran a brewery, Thompson's Ales, in the old stables. 
James Lloyd purchased the London inn in 1786 and the New Inn in 1787. James died in 1808 leaving the London Inn and New Inn to his widow, Mary who subsequently sold the London Inn when she purchased the Golden Lion.
Gordon Lloyd (December 2016)
London Inn is a 15th century fomer coaching inn, ideally situated on the busy Plymouth to London turnpike road. Passengers would alight here whilst horses were changed from the stables at the rear of the building. The inn consists of two bar areas, separated by a thick stone wall punctuated to two large openings. UP to 1980, when the inn was refurbished, these were doorways giving access to the then separate bars. The two impressive stone fireplaces were restored to their original glory after having been covered up and substituted by eklectric fires for many years. Joining on the lower end of the bar is the restaurant. Supporting the oak beams on the ceiling are two wooden pillars. The one in the centre of the room is placed upon an old mill stone, taken from the nearby Town Mill when it closed down.
A brewery was set up on site by the landlord in 1981, using the room beside the ballroom on the first floor and later expanding and moving into the recently converted stables at the rear.
T. Quick, Dartmoor Inn, 1992

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Other Photos
Date of photo: c.1910

Picture source: "Pubs and Inns of Ashburton" by Pete Webb, Obelisk

Other Photos
Date of photo: 2012

Picture source: Clive Schneidau

Date of photo: 1997

Picture source: Clive Schneidau