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Tudor Tavern

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The Tudor Tavern was situated at 15 Fore Street. This pub is now used as a coffee shop.
This building in the 16c housed the Trowbridge Clothiers, mercers and merchant taylor (Thomas and Joan Trowbridge were responsible for the initials TT and IT and the date 1578 on the building facade). In the 17c the building became the grocery business of Thomas Baker - his daughters were the 'maids of Taunton' who welcomed the Duke of Monmouth into the town. In the 19c it was the grocery business of Richard Turle 1777-1863, my 3x-great-grandfather - he was also described as salt and tea dealer, tallow chandler and soap boiler. His son John Turle 1813-1891 continued the business, followed in turn by his son Richard Turle 1843-1912, who in the 1870s moved to Beckenham in Kent where he became a wine merchant. After that, the building was used by an antique dealer, Halliday & Son.
Helen Lloyd (October 2014)

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Name Dates Comments
Paula Harris 1967-1972 My father managed this for five years when my brother and I were very young. Sadly my mother died there although we lived there for a further 2 years after. I remember so much about this pub. My father is still with us today to tell the tale!