Wembworthy used to have three pubs, a grocery store, a post office, a carpenter, a garage and many more. The grocery shop was owned by Jack Skinner and provided the community with fresh food. It is no longer there but was in service until after World War Two. Lizzie Cockram was the post mistress during the Second World War. She was even known to have kept a parrot in her store! As the majority of men were working from dawn to dusk on a farm, the three pubs provided a place to relax after a hard day’s work. Unfortunately, after mechanisation took over the work on farms, farmers didn’t have the need to employ as many men. This meant that families had to move away for work; this reduced the number of costumers that the pubs had, meaning that they slowly shut down. The Lymington Arms is the only remaining pub and from the marks on the post box (which is built into the wall of the pub), the pub is around 79 years old. Over the road was the garage. It had one petrol pump which the owner used to pump by hand. He would serve you your fuel and fix your car. The garage is still there today but is now a tractor repair workshop. Gilbert Earl’s carpenter shop closed down when he died but had taken on many apprentices.