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The Kingsbridge Inn has been closed for quite a while and there are fears it may be lost

forever in the event of a planning application to turn it into a residential property.

After being approached by a community group concerned for its future, the Totnes Heritage

Trust has recently submitted an application to South Hams District Council to list The

Kingsbridge Inn as an Asset of Community Value. The application was supported by a

petition signed by over 300 people.

Full of character and history, and standing at the top of Totnes, the Kingsbridge Inn was first

recorded around 1684 and has faithfully served the local community for over 330 years.

The trust believes the inn has a special value to the local heritage and culture which should

be protected. It forms an important part of the community’s historic and cultural identity at a time when traditional pubs of architectural value are becoming rare.

In the event of a successful application the inn will be listed as an Asset of Community Value

with the local authority. This will result in the local community being informed when it comes up for sale within a five year listing period. The community will be given an opportunity to enact the Community Right to Bid, which provides for a moratorium period of six months to allow it to raise the finance to purchase the inn.

The pub sits at the top of the town at the foot of Kingsbridge Hill and close to the nearby

ancient Leechwells, the Lamb and Leechwell Gardens. The pub is on the Totnes Trail and

would complement nearby pubs such as the Bull Inn, which is more food and

accommodation focussed, and the Bay Horse, well known for its folk and jazz evenings,

community events, and having a wonderful garden.

Recent history:

It was previously owned by Enterprise Inns and had a tenant landlord. The pub was closed

in December 2016. In 2017 the Kingsbridge Inn was sold to a pensions fund based in Bristol,

and has been closed ever since, despite attempts to re-open it. Several interested parties

have sought to acquire the pub but have been frustrated by abortive sales, or the withdrawal

of the property from the market.

The Future:

There is a real danger the Kingsbridge Inn could be lost forever. With community support

and backing it can be saved.

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