The Tally Ho has been variously dated to between the 14th and 17th centuries. It was probably constructed as a church house – a building that was found in many Devon parishes, and more commonly constructed in the 15th and 16th centuries. The building itself doesn’t show any evidence earlier than the 17th century.

In the 1841 census it’s called the Church House Inn, but by 1850 it’s been renamed the Bolton Arms after a local landowning family. The pub was finally renamed the Tally Ho Inn in 1952 after it had been bought by Teddy Farmer.

You can find much more detailed information in the historical assessment that was carried out by Josephine Brown to accompany the planning applications. Click on the link below to download it:

Tally Ho Littlehempston – Historic Building Assessment April 2012 – (pdf 3MB)

Tithe Map and Apportionments
Censuses
Old Photos
South Devon Journal 13th February 1952

South Devon Journal 13th February 1952

Here are some sources of historical information about the pub:

Date Source Reference Pub Name Landlord Notes
1838 Tithe Map and
Apportionments
9–202 p.13 Church House Inn Thomas Tippett Landowners: Earl of Darlington
& Countess of Sandwich
1841 Census HO107-228-3-1 Church House Inn Thomas Tippett 37, Carpenter
1850 White’s Directory Bolton Arms Margaret Evans vict.
1851 Census HO107-1874-208-13 (not shown) Margret Evans widow, 60, Inn Keeper
1861 Census RG9-1417-81-6 Bolton Arms Ann Palk unmarried, 43, Inn Keeper
1871 Census RG10-2094-60-7 Bolton Arms Ann Palk unmarried, 55, Inn Keeper
1878-9 White’s Directory p. 526 Bolton Arms George Field
1881 Census RG11-2176-51-6 Bolton Arms George Field married, 37, Carpenter &c
1891 Census RG12-1711-44-4 Bolton Arms George Field married, 47, Carpenter & Victualler
1893 Kelly’s Directory p.265 Bolton Arms George Field
1899 Electoral Register Bolton Arms George Field
1900 Electoral Register Bolton Arms George Field
1901 Census RG13-2071-45-2 Bolton Arms George Field married, 58, Carpenter
1901 Electoral Register Bolton Arms George Field
1902 Electoral Register Bolton Arms George Field
1902 Kelly’s Directory p. 304 Bolton Arms George Field
1903 Electoral Register Bolton Arms George Field also Herbert Field
1904 Electoral Register Bolton Arms George Field also Herbert Field
1905 Electoral Register Bolton Arms George Field also Herbert Field
1906 Electoral Register Bolton Arms George H. Bovey
1907 Electoral Register Bolton Arms George H. Bovey
1908 Electoral Register Bolton Arms George H. Bovey
1910 Electoral Register Bolton Arms Mary Ann Bovey
1911 Census RG14PN12827 RD273
SD4 ED5 SN16
Bolton Arms Mary Ann Mortimore Bovey widow, 43, Licensed Victular
1911 Electoral Register Bolton Arms Mary Ann Bovey
1912 Electoral Register Bolton Arms Mary Ann Bovey
1913 Electoral Register Bolton Arms Mary Ann Bovey
1914 Electoral Register Bolton Arms Mary Ann Bovey
1914 Kelly’s Directory p.330 Bolton Arms Mary Ann Bovey
1915 Electoral Register Bolton Arms Mary Ann Bovey
1918 Electoral Register Bolton Arms Mary Ann Mortimore Bovey
1919
Spring
Electoral Register Bolton Arms Mary Ann Mortimore Spratt also Lewis Hannaford Bovey
and Fred Mortimore Bovey
1919
Autumn
Electoral Register Bolton Arms Mary Ann Mortimore Spratt also Richard William Sims Spratt
and Fred Mortimore Bovey
1919 Kelly’s Directory p. 310 Bolton Arms Mary Ann Bovey
1920 Electoral Register Bolton Arms Mary Ann Mortimore Spratt also Richard William Sims Spratt
and Fred Mortimore Bovey
1920 Sale Catalogue Bolton Arms Mrs Spratt
1921
Spring
Electoral Register Bolton Arms Mary Ann Mortimore Spratt also Richard William Sims Spratt
and Fred Mortimore Bovey
1921
Autumn
Electoral Register Bolton Arms Mary Ann Mortimore Spratt also Richard William Sims Spratt
and Fred Mortimore Bovey
1922
Spring
Electoral Register Bolton Arms Mary Ann Mortimore Spratt also Richard William Sims Spratt
1922
Autumn
Electoral Register Bolton Arms John Coombes also Martha Mary Coombes
1923
Spring
Electoral Register Bolton Arms John Coombes also Martha Mary Coombes
1923
Autumn
Electoral Register Bolton Arms John Coombes also Martha Mary Coombes
1924
Spring
Electoral Register Bolton Arms John Coombes also Martha Mary Coombes
1924
Autumn
Electoral Register Bolton Arms George Leaman also William Beer
and Rose Leaman
1925
Spring
Electoral Register Bolton Arms George Leaman also William Beer
and Rose Leaman
1925
Autumn
Electoral Register Bolton Arms George Leaman also Rose Leaman
and Walter Whiteway
1926
Spring
Electoral Register Bolton Arms George Leaman also Rose Leaman
and Walter Whiteway
1926
Autumn
Electoral Register Bolton Arms George Leaman also Walter Whiteway
1927 Electoral Register Bolton Arms George Leaman
1928 Electoral Register Bolton Arms Albert John Amery also Gertrude Amery
and Walter Whiteway
1929 Electoral Register Bolton Arms Albert John Amery also Gertrude Maud Amery
and Walter Whiteway
1930 Electoral Register Bolton Arms Albert John Amery also Gertrude Maud Amery
and Walter Whiteway
1931 Electoral Register Bolton Arms Albert John Amery also Gertrude Maud Amery
and Walter Whiteway
1939 1939 Register RG101-6914F-003 Bolton Arms Sydney J Matters also Susannah Matters
and 10 others!
1955 Telephone Directory p. 87 Bolton Arms Mr C E Farmer (Teddy)
1957 Telephone Directory p. 90 Tally Ho Inn Mr C E Farmer (Teddy)
1960 Telephone Directory p. 1079 Tally Ho Inn Mr A Dunton

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