Gloucestershire Pubs - Pubs and Breweries in Gloucestershire Past and Present
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Compiled by Geoff Sandles

Prince of Wales

Location: Tetbury

79 West Street

Postcode: GL8 8DJ

The Prince of Wales was an end of terrace pub in West Street.

The pub was known to locals as the ‘Drum’, apparently because when the pub was re-decorated in the early 1960’s some old wallpaper was revealed with the design of a monkey playing a drum. After the discovery a drumming monkey on a pole was proudly displayed near the bar of the Prince of Wales.

The CAMRA ‘Real Ale in Gloucestershire’ described it as a ‘basic one bar back street pub’.

It closed down in the autumn of 1999 when landlord Fred Dyer, who had run the Prince of Wales for 32 years, decided to retire.

The vacant land (which was the pub car park) to the east of the Prince of Wales was acquired in the redevelopment of the site and a sympathetic conversion of the existing property and new build has created an extension of the terrace. It is difficult to tell where the original building extents into the brand new development. A West Country Ales ceramic plaque, which was inlaid into the wall of the Prince of Wales, did not survive the conversion.

The pub had one of the last surviving Whitbread pub signs in Gloucestershire depicting the Prince of Wales three plumes. I wonder if it has found a new home in Highgrove House, home of Prince Charles, which is just over a mile away!

The following newspaper article is courtesy of Paul Best.

Soldier Charged With Manslaughter, One of the Gloucester's Acquitted.

John Compton (20) who appeared in the dock in the undress uniform of the Gloucestershire Regiment, was charged with "feloniously killing and slaying" Albert Edward Southwood, on July 23rd at Tetbury. Accused was also charged on the Coroners warrant with the manslaughter of Southwood. Mr Hugh Sturges prosecuted. Prisoner was undefended.

In stating the case for the prosecution, Mr Sturges said the suggestion was that Compton struck a blow at Southwood, which was the cause of death. The evidence was of the most conflicting description. It appeared that on July 23rd - a Sunday night - Compton went into the Prince of Wales Inn, in Harper Street, Tetbury. In the bar or kitchen he found his brother Frank Compton crying, and that appeared to have excited accused a great deal. Accused seemed to have shouted out that he would come and take his brothers part ; he took off his hat and coat, and did as a matter of fact, come to blows with a man named Benjamin Wood - a cousin of deceased's wife.

It appeared that while the row was going on Mrs Southwood entered the inn for the purpose of getting some beer. She went into the tap-room where the men were the noise, and the accused in particular. She said "Do you know it's Sunday night?" and he replied that he did not care what night it was; he was going to take his brothers part. Soon after deceased came in, and witnesses for the prosecution asserted that the deceased went to Mrs Southwood and said "Fanny, come along home" and they both went out together, the husband having hold of his wife's arm. On their way out they stopped at the bar, and Mrs Southwood put down a shilling for some beer. The noise was still going on, and it was suggested that Mrs Southwood endeavoured to run back, but the proprietress of the public house caught hold of her skirt. While the husband and wife were standing there, accused rushed out of the kitchen along the passage and butted Southwood in the stomach, knocking him down, and he remained unconscious for some minutes. The man was taken home and at, and at five o'clock the next morning his wife found him to be dead. When the doctor arrived it was found that the man had been dead for some hours. So far as the doctor could say Southwood died of Shock. A post mortem examination was revealed no external or internal bruises, but that was not inconsistent with the man having died from shock, as the prosecution alleged, from the blow. The suggestion of the defence was that the man fell in consequence of a struggle with his wife, and that any injury he might have suffered was in consequence of that struggle.

Evidence was called in support of the case for the prosecution. The doctor, in reply to the Judge, said unless he had been told that the deceased was struck in the stomach he would not have thought he had been. Mrs Southwood said she went away quietly from the public-house.

Accused called a large number of witnesses, his defence being that he knew nothing about the deceased's death, and that there was a disturbance between Mr and Mrs Southwood on the night in question.

The Judge having commented on the contradictory nature of the evidence. The jury acquitted the prisoner, who was at once discharged.

Source: Gloucester Citizen Saturday November 18th 1899.


Map Reference: ST 888931

Owner in 1891: W. Weare (leased Messrs N. &W. Cook, Tetbury Brewery)

Rateable value in 1891: £11.5s.0d.

Type of licence in 1891: Beerhouse

Owner in 1903: Misses Weare (leased Messrs N. &W. Cook, Tetbury Brewery)

Rateable value in 1903: £14.7s.6d.

Type of licence in 1903: Beerhouse

Closing time in 1903: 11pm


1885,1891 James Horton

1902,1903 Charles Keedwell (Charles James Keedwell in 1903)

1906 John Oates

1939 George Pullie

1960’s Charles ‘Charlie’ Dyer

1967-1999 Sue and Colin Henry 'Fred' Dyer (Charlie’s Son)

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