MEM24701 - The Culbone Inn (Building)


The building originated as stables for coaching horses on the Minehead-Porlock-Lynmouth run. It became a club after 1946 known as the Culbone Stables Inn and had a full licence by 1962. The original inn sign was by Rachel Reckitt.

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The Tithe Map shows the site as a clear plot by the road. [1] The 25 inch 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map shows a rectangular building sited at SS 8307 4710, facing northeast and abutting the road. [2] It is similarly depicted on the 25 inch 2nd Edition map. [3] The 2018 MasterMap data shows the building has been extended to the west. It is labelled The Culbone Inn (PH). [4] Culbone stables were used for the stabling and exchange of coaching horses on the Minehead-Porlock-Lynmouth run. Soon after World War Two the Earl of Lytton, who had inherited the Lovelace Estate, converted the stables into a club, with a resident manager. In 1962 it had a full licence and hosted dances. A picture of the Inn sign in 1962 shows a coach and horses. It is signed by Rachel Reckitt. [5] Rachel Reckitt completed a sign for the Culbone Stables "some years later" than the 1930s. It was built up in relief using sheet metal, wire or lead piping on a wooden core and features the Lorna Doone coach and four. She was also commissioned to do a similar one for a lady for her home farm in Michigan. [6]

Sources/Archives (6)

  • <1> Map: Cox, J. W.C.. 1841. Porlock Tithe Map and Apportionment. 13.3 inches : 1 mile.
  • <2> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1854-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500.
  • <3> Map: Ordnance Survey. County Series; 2nd Edition (1st Revision) 25 Inch Map. 1:2500.
  • <4>XY Map: Ordnance Survey. 2018. MasterMap. [Mapped feature: #46229 ]
  • <5> Serial: Exmoor Society. 1959-present. Exmoor Review. Volume 4 (1962), "Culbone Stables", p66-7 (EMG).
  • <6> Serial: Exmoor Society. 1959-present. Exmoor Review. Volume 35 (1994), "Thirst before Righteousness", p30-32 (H Binding and R Reckitt).

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  • Local List Status (Unassessed)



Grid reference Centred SS 8307 4711 (34m by 23m)
Map sheet SS84NW
Historic Parish PORLOCK

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Record last edited

Jul 26 2022 1:28PM


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