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Black Smock Inn

Picture source: Photo LXP

The Black Smock Inn closed in 2003 and is now used as a private house. The pub had a skittle alley (the low white building on the left of the above photo).
Fishing holiday , 1965 , 8 of us pitching our tents near the Huntspill River. We were mainly from Wellington Shropshire.
I remember that along with the landlord ,his daughter also ran the pub. Each night we entertained the locals with our game of Tippit. where 2 teams hid their fists before bringing them onto a table top for the opponents to work out where a token was hidden. We always ended the night with singing.Aptly named the Black Smock it was very eerie walking from the Pub back to our tents in the early hours in such a remote location.One night the local bobby who had been with us in our after hours sessions, said Watch out tonight lads,the Sergeant is in the area.When we called one morning to say goodbye ,the landlords daughter told us that her father had suffered a heart attack
Michael Williams (February 2017)
I was a member of the Ancient Men, a Morris dancing side with links to Oxford University, and we held our annual camp a short way from the Black Smock (wherever it was!) in the summer of 1959. My most noteworthy memory of it was that they served a lethal scrumpy for the princely sum of nine old pence to the pint (at the time when beer was at least a shiling a pint). From our base we cycled out each day to perform the Morris in towns and villages including Bridgwater and Ilminster and no doubt other places which I have forgotten. Happy Days!
Oliver Dixon (September 2018)

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Name Dates Comments
Mrs P.I.M Bolton 1970-1973  
David Bolton 1969-1971 Spooky place indeed,I was a little kid at the time.Skittle alley was other side of car park and a ravine behind the pub which joined the parrot & a lock gate