to document the history of pubs in Gloucestershire, both past and
present. It is a website devised by Geoff Sandles and maintained
by Dave Hedges, both members of the Campaign for Real Ale. The
information is taken from archive documents, with particular reference
to two old books listing Gloucestershire pubs in 1891 and 1903.
Details are given up to the present day, but it should be stressed
that the website is not intended to be a pub or real ale guide.
At the core of the website is the impressive pub database which
contains details on thousands of pubs. The pub database allows
you to put the selection of Gloucestershire Pubs in order by name
- from the Adam and Eve to Zizzi, or by town and village order – Abenhall
There is a useful search facility that will take you to a pub or
location of your choice.
You can also use the search button to find surnames – there
is an extensive list of landlords, and this facility has proved
very popular with those interested in family history.
Left: Bedford Arms - High Steet, Stroud
Within the pub database you will also discover hundreds of photographs,
many of which have never been seen before.
There are other areas of the website too. A brewery database lists
all known breweries that have ever operated in Gloucestershire,
and includes those from neighbouring counties that supplied their
beers to Gloucestershire pubs. There is also a list of pubs that
still retain their ‘Best in the West – West Country
Ales’ ceramic plaques.
There is so much to discover on this website. So pour yourself
a glass of beer and settle down to the finest and largest virtual
pub crawl that you have ever been on.
Geoff would love to hear from you if you could help contribute
to the Gloucestershire Pubs project. Photographs, names of ex-landlords
and general snippits of information are always most welcome.