Then and now, a major contributor to a flourishing Totnes economy
As early as 1830, The Lion Inn stood at 52 High Street, Totnes, in the building now housing Sea Salt Clothing. By the 1850’s, it was brewing as well as selling beer and the Condy family, which owned it, became prominent Totnes citizens. William Condy was twice elected mayor.
The brewery continued to prosper under subsequent owners, and many of its pubs in South Devon are still operating today. Its original pub, the Lion Inn, occupied an entire plot running from High Street to South Street.
In 1921, however, one of the subsequent owners sold the brewery when he retired. The Lion Inn building became a Boots chemist. But the building behind it, on South Street, has kept the address “Lion Brewery” to this day. After many years as a pottery, the building is now being developed by its owners, Rob and Kathy Alexander, as a community resource and will before long play a new role in the economic and social well-being of its home town.
Our connection to the old Lion Brewery is one we celebrate in this short video about our Totnes Stout.
[Photo courtesy of Totnes Image Bank and Rural Archive].