There is a New Pools Cottage on the main road in Tirley.

Map Reference: SO 835286 (approx)

I was interested to see your post on the Gloucestershire Pubs and Breweries website about the beer house called Bee Hive at Tirley Knowle and appreciate having the licensing information. I had never noticed it on maps, though it’s right in the middle of the area I’ve long been interested in for reasons of family and local history. 

I did a little census research that I’m happy to share with you (attached). I was able to trace the Tirley Knowle neighbourhood (not quite a hamlet?) from 1841 through 1911 by using census addresses and tracing families and individuals. A British Newspapers Archive entry for Benjamin Richins in 1874 (Tewkesbury Register, 19 September 1874, page 1) may also be of interest to you: 

The map you currently have up for your entry on Bee Hive is a little confusing, because it implies that the one road that shows on it, which is actually Tirley Knowle lane, is the “Main Road,” which I would take to be the Ledbury to Tirley Road (currently B4213). Because of its orientation north and south, others might think they are looking at the Gloucester to Upton Turnpike Road (the 4211). But they are not! Although British History Online places Bee Hive at New Pools [a farm] in 1884, all the maps that show the beer house or “inn” show it to be a bit further north and closer to the scattered houses of Tirley Knowle lane, although it isn’t located directly on the lane. 

Now you know everything I know about Bee Hive. I was looking for a house or cottage named Bee’s Nest in Eldersfield (owned between 1843 and 1863 by an ancestor of mine, according to Electoral registers), when I stumbled onto Bee Hive. It was a dive down a rabbit hole, but I enjoyed it. 

Lynne Sadler

Dundee, Oregon

Licensing Details:

Owner in 1891: William Bayliss (free from brewery tie)

Type of licence in 1891: Beerhouse

Owner in 1903: Benjamin Richings (free from brewery tie)

Rateable value in 1903: £24.0s.0d.

Type of licence in 1903: Beer and Cider licence

Closing time in 1903: 10pm


1891,1903 Benjamin Richings 

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