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Cotswold Hotel

Location: Cheltenham

17 Portland Street

Postcode: GL52 2NZ

9 Portland Street in 1885 and now 17 Portland Street.

Established c.1820. The Cotswold has lost its hotel status and now trades as the Cotswold Inn. It has been tied to Wadworth of Devizes since 1964.

It was refurbished in the early 1980’s but I remember it as a favourite real ale haunt of the mid 1970’s when the Wadworth ales were sold direct from the wooden cask. I recall that the bar was long and narrow and it retained gas lighting. It also got very busy and claustrophobic but it certainly had character.

At that time the Cotswold was in the middle of a row of Georgian terraced buildings. William’s motor cycle shop was located next door. Now the Cotswold stands at the end of a terrace – the rest of the terrace was demolished (including the motor cycle shop) to make way for the inner city ring road.

Look carefully as you pass the Cotswold pub today and you will notice that the large side windows are not real. In recent years the Cotswold Inn has been one of the few Cheltenham pubs to host live music.

Two images above courtesy of Michael Wilkes.


Owner in 1891: Mary Wood (free from brewery tie)

Rateable value in 1891: £76.10s.0d.

Type of licence in 1891: Alehouse

Owner in 1903: Mary Wood (leased to Salt & Co., brewers, Burton on Trent)

Rateable value in 1903: £76.10s.0d.

Type of licence in 1903: Alehouse

Closing time in 1903: 11pm

Present status: Still trading as Cotswold Inn. Tied to Wadworth & Co., Devizes.

Phone: 01242 525510


1870,1878 Joseph Newport

1883,1885,1891 Alexander Edwin Green

1903,1906 Thomas Hughes Sparrow

1919 Joseph Percy

1926,1939 Donald King Higgs

1970's (dates unknown) Con and Peggy Carroll

1998 Paul Moody

2002 (Sept 11th) Dave Fahey and Denise Stevens

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