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In 1950 we still had two of our original pubs - the Hare and Hounds and The Angel. A Tiverton brewery kept The Angel in hand for many years, but did little for the comfort of the customers. Hiring the upstairs room in winter meant two tiny buckets of coal for the two tiny fires for the evening - and overcoats. There was much more atmosphere in the Hare and Hounds and it was a sad day when it closed. The Mitre had been built about 1840 to catch the passing trade brought by the then new turnpike road. Sadly for it The Angel had got in first and cornered the market. About this time the original Parsonage house burnt down, and the Vicars preferred to live in The Mitre for 40 years until a new Vicarage was erected in the 1880's. The Mitre became a pub in the Seventies. Skittles, darts and pool teams always need a good and congenial base, and a pub can be a social meeting place.

1834: A labourer at Witheridge drinks 144 pints of cider over six days whilst mowing grass. Reproduced courtesy of the North Devon Journal

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