Gloucester Journal, May 1790: Meeting is agreed to be held at the Bear Inn, Bisley, aforesaid, on Thursday the third day of June next, at 12 o’clock, to enter into association for prosecuting felons. In two separate classes, Clothiers subscribing to be at the sole expense of prosecuting felons committed in the clothing manufacture. Farmers and others to be at the sole expense of prosecuting felonies committed on their respective premises. Dinner to be on the table at two o’clock. Any person in the neighbouring parishes willing to encourage this association are desired to attend at 12 o’clock as all rules, orders, and agreements of the association are intended to be settled before dinner.

Gloucester Journal, December 1790: Whereas a mistake was made on the 13th of November last at the Bear Inn at Bisley and a Black Mare was taken away, if anyone will return her to John Gardner, of Oakridge Lynch, Near Bisley, he shall receive one guinea reward. The mare is 13 hands high, four in the head, a brush tail, a saddle mark on the near side, and on the inside of the off leg before a wenn about the size of a walnut.

Howard Beard Collection
Courtesy Nick Warner
Image: Darrel Kirby
Whitbread published a book in 1974 entitled ‘Inn and Around – 250 Favourite Whitbread Pubs’. 
Courtesy Gloucestershire Morris

Map Reference:  SO 903060

Licensing Details:

Owner in 1888: Stroud Brewery

Rateable Value 1891:  £8.15s.0d.

Type of licence in 1891: Alehouse

Owners in 1891: Stroud Brewery

Rateable Value 1903:  £8.15s.0d.

Type of licence in 1903: Alehouse

Owners in 1903: Stroud Brewery

Closing time in 1903:

Owners in 2001: Pubmaster

Owners in 2005: Punch Taverns

Landlords at the Bear Inn include:

1812 John Hamstead

1856 R. Roe

1885 George Cobb

1891,1902 James Lugg

1903 Charles William Whittome

1906 George Spann

1919,1927 Mrs Jane Brunsdon

1957-1968 Bill Cumberlidge (left the Bear Inn in November 1968 after eleven years as licensee)

1972 Michael Lloyd

1998 Nick and Venessa Evans

2001,2003 Simon and Sue Evans

2006 (Sept) Kate and Chris Gibbons, Karen Henderson 
2009 Colin and Jane Pickford
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