The New Inn
Fore Street could offer The George, now called The Phoenix, and The Dolphin, first recorded in 1791 and still open over two hundred years later. The Crown whose site is now occupied by Boots the Chemist, closed in 1967, and The Ball closed in 1963 to make way for Woolworth’s.
The Ball Inn and George Hotel
The London Inn
Further along The Bell and Crown is still open after over 150 years.
The Old Inn
Nearby, the Victoria Hotel was built in 1891 to serve travellers arriving or leaving by train. The site is now occupied by a McCarthy and Stone housing development.
The road to Taunton has only ever had two public houses, the Ship Inn (now closed) and the Furnham Hotel. The inn sign of the Furnham Hotel depicts a horsedrawn barge, a reminder of the Chard Canal whose terminus was on the site of the B & Q store just a few yards away.