Trowbridges and Tudor Tavern, plus Trowbridge web links

Tudor Tavern, 15 Fore Street, Taunton, Somerset, England

Yesterday I came across this old image of Tudor Tavern at 15 Fore Street in Taunton, Somerset, England. It’s the building to the left of the shop with the “F. Mead” sign. For a contemporary view of the tavern, visit the English Heritage site. The Tudor Tavern’s “bones” date back to the 14th century. The initials TT and IT are carved into a panel attached to the front of the building. Between the sets of initials is the date 1578. Today the building is operated as a Caffe Nero coffee shop according to Wikipedia. Why would this tavern be interesting to our family? Well, for good reason. It was leased and operated for over thirty years, beginning in 1578, by our ancestor Thomas Trowbridge (1542-1619), a prominent wool merchant, and his wife Joan Hutchins. They remodeled it in 1578 and affixed their initials to it (apparently “J” and “I” were used interchangeably at the time).

For more illuminating information on Thomas and his family, visit this useful website:

By the way, I have discovered that the Trowbridge family history is extremely well documented. The below websites contain a sampling of the copious amounts of information available. The fourth site listed is the 1908 book, History of the Trowbridge Family in America, written by Francis Baker Trowbridge and published in New Haven, CT. Its copyright has expired so it is available for free for viewing online or downloading. Happy reading!

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  1. Thanks for this post, which I came across while investigating my family’s occupation of 15 Fore Street. The Tudor Tavern is the oldest domestic building in Taunton, dating back to the 14th century. My 3x-great-grandfather, Richard Turle 1777-1863 was a grocer, salt and tea dealer there, also described as a tallow chandler and soap boiler. His father William Turle was innkeeper of the Saracen’s Head in Taunton. Two of Richard’s grandsons emigrated to the USA and prospered in NY and Duluth. Helen Lloyd


    • You’re welcome. I wrote that quite a while ago, but think of the place often. Its history fascinates me. Thank you for sharing details of your ancestors. Someday, I hope to see the building with my own eyes.


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