name ‘Tynte’ has been rooted in local history for many many years.
One of the legends surrounding the birth of the name 'Tynte' is of a young knight of the
Arundel family who went on crusade with King Richard the Lionheart. He was
singled out for his bravery at the battle of Ascalon. The King observing
him is supposed to have said:
" .. the maiden knight had borne himself like a lion, and had done work
enough for six crusaders".
which service to the Christian cause the King conferred on the young
Knight his armorial bearings (Heraldic device), a lion argent on a field
of gold between six crosslets of the first and the motto
"Tynetus Cruore Saraceno".
This can still be seen on our pub sign today.
The Tynte's had a long association with the local area. In 1689 Sir
Halswell Tynte rebuilt Halswell House in nearby Goathurst on the remains
of a Tudor manor house, and a Sir Charles Kemeys-Tynte remodelled the west
front when he inherited the House in 1740. He wanted to create his
own pleasure gardens with follies and lakes and set about buying up local
farms to increase the parkland surrounding his newly enlarged modernised
In the 1840's the grounds at Halswell House became the main place of
relaxation for the local people of Bridgwater and surrounding villages,
many visited on their days holiday as the then owner, Colonel Tynte,
Member of Parliament for Bridgwater would open his grounds to the public.