Securing our history for the future



The Knowle Inn was the only licensed house in the parish in the 16th century. It was held by one family between 1618 and 1657, and was said to be used by travellers on the highway. It was part of Bawdrip Manor until it was sold to the tenant in 1770. It was then called The Bull but regained its original name by 1806.

The restaurant area is one of the oldest parts of the pub and dates back to the 1540's. It was one of the three cottages that made up the pub and features an original 16th Century bread oven.

The Knowle Inn is still the popular local pub for the village (see more here)

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Knowle Inn Licensees

1837 - Thomas Crane        1841 - John Hurley      1851 - 1861 Ann Hicks     1861 - 1871 Nathaniel Bacon

1875 - 1979 Henry Cook    1879 - 1891 Joseph Petheram     1891 - 1911 Lavinia Petheram    1911 - 1916 Ernest John Stevens

1916 - 1928 John Gould     1928 - 1947 Lionel Charles Gould      1986    Dennis & Liz Higgins    1995 - 2000 Malcolm & Carol Singleton

2004 - 20014 Peter & Christina Matthews      2014 - 2016 Toby Last   2016 - 2017 Anthony Last     2018 -