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HER Number:MDV13145
Name:The former London Inn, South Brent


The London Inn was constructed some time between 1843 and 1850 to replace the Clarence Inn which was shut down. It stands on the road built in 1834 to bypass Brent village. Two storeys, with slate roof and sash windows. The inn closed in 2010 and was converted into private dwellings.


Grid Reference:SX 699 596
Map Sheet:SX65NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishSouth Brent
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishSOUTH BRENT

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX65NE/227

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • INN (Constructed, XIX - 1843 AD to 1850 AD (Between))
  • HOUSE (Altered, XXI - 2010 AD to 2010 AD (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1880-1899, First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map (Cartographic). SDV336179.

The London Inn is depicted on the late 19th century historic map at this location. The western end of the building differs from the modern layout of the inn.

Robinson, R., 1980, An Archaeological Check-List for South Brent (Report - non-specific). SDV150007.

(Visited in 1978 - estimated) The London Inn, South Brent. This inn, mid 19th century in appearance stands on the turnpike road that was built in 1834 by-passing Brent village. Its name implies that it was a coaching inn on this new road. It is not present in 1843 and is named in 1850, and so was built between these dates. The inn is stone built two storeyed house, rendered and colour washed. Slate roof of low pitch, stepped halfway along the length of the building. Single span with wide span. Sash windows. Chimneys of fairly small proportions, also rendered.

Quick, T., 1992, Dartmoor Inns, 68 (Monograph). SDV359976.

The London Inn was built following the closure of the Clarence Inn (MDV13146?) which was sited on the opposite side of the road. In the early 1920s there used to be a cobbler's shop placed in the corner of the small public bar and many a local who visited the inn would have his boots repaired at the same time. The inn also contained a small snug bar before it was enlarged in 1936 to almost double its original size with the addition of the spacious lounge bar seen today. Photograph shows the inn, with 'Hotel' marked in large letters on the eastern end of the building.

GeoInformation Group Ltd, 2010, 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution) (Aerial Photograph). SDV346026.

The 2010 aerial photograph still shows the inn's car park to the east, which is the site of new houses by 2013.

Google, 2013, Google Streetview (Website). SDV350787.

The London Inn is viewable on the 2009 photography at this location, confirming the site was still in use as a pub at this time.

Ordnance Survey, 2013, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV350786.

Building is depicted on the modern mapping but not named as the inn.

Google, 2017, Google Streetview, Accessed 10/01/2017 (Website). SDV359965.

Image dated to 2014 shows the inn has been converted into dwellings and there is no indication that this was once the London Inn.

Ordnance Survey, 2017, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV359962.

The inn is now shown as three separate properties and new buildings (London Inn Mews) now occupy the old car park to the east.

Unknown, 2017, The Lost Pubs Project, Accessed 10/01/2017 (Website). SDV359977.

The London Inn closed in 2010 and was converted into private residences. Older photograph pre-dates the building of the houses to the east of the pub, which are shown on photograph dated 2013.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV150007Report - non-specific: Robinson, R.. 1980. An Archaeological Check-List for South Brent. DAS/DCRA Publication. 8. A4 Comb Bound.
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV346026Aerial Photograph: GeoInformation Group Ltd. 2010. 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution). 2010 Aerial Photographs. Digital.
SDV350786Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2013. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #80780 ]
SDV350787Website: Google. 2013. Google Streetview. http://maps.google.co.uk. Website.
SDV359962Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2017. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.
SDV359965Website: Google. 2017. Google Streetview. http://maps.google.co.uk. Website. Accessed 10/01/2017.
SDV359976Monograph: Quick, T.. 1992. Dartmoor Inns. Dartmoor Inns. Paperback Volume. 68.
SDV359977Website: Unknown. 2017. The Lost Pubs Project. http://www.closedpubs.co.uk/index.html. Website. Accessed 10/01/2017.

Associated Monuments

MDV13315Related to: The former Anchor Inn, South Brent (Building)
MDV13146Related to: The former Clarence Inn (Clarence House), South Brent (Building)
MDV13316Related to: The Royal Oak Inn, South Brent (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jan 23 2017 10:42AM