The Bell Hotel is an unusually wedged shaped building which once stood opposite the Stroud Brewery, overlooked by the Great Western Railway and was adjacent to the L.M.S. Wallbridge Station and Goods Yard. This was one of the nearest pubs to the brewery.
The Citizen: 15th April, 1986 – Cracking good send off. Pub landlady Nancy Green has named a punt. Mrs Green, hostess at the Bell Hotel at Wallbridge, also took time to officially launch the new Stroudwater Thames & Severn Canal Trust vessel in her pub yard. In the best nautical tradition she cracked a bottle across the “Wallbridge’s” bows and went aboard for its maiden voyage, a short trip up the canal and back to the Bell. The punt, built by Trust members Richard Attwood and Tony Jones, will be used for construction work on the canal.
The Citizen: 27th October, 1987 – Couple in pub deal – Luciano and Aileen Magoliti have taken over a pub only a short distance from one they already run. Luciano and his wife, who run the Clothiers Arms in Bath Road, stroud, have now bought the Bell Inn at nearby Walbridge. They plan an extensive plan of modernisation at the Bell and said yesterday that they intended to absorb the feel of their property before they begin refurbishments which should be completed during the Spring.
An application was submitted in 2004 for change of use to six residential units. Stroud District Council turned down the plans as there were only three hotels in the town centre and, as Councillor John Marjoram of Stroud District Council development committee said: “It should be retained as a hotel because in a few years time this will be seen as a goldmine once the canal restoration is complete.” / July 2006 for ‘change of use of ground floor to A!, B1, B2 or D1 commercial use, first and second floors to 4 dwellings.
The lease of the Bell Hotel and the adjoining Lock Keepers bar was taken over by Yvette Eagle and Tamsin Hulls in September 2006 and was a ‘gender friendly’ thriving town pub.
The Bell Hotel has closed and is now the headquarters of the Cotswold Canal Trust.
Owner in 1891: Stroud Brewery
Rateable value in 1891: £52.0s.0d.
Type of licence in 1891: Alehouse
Owner in 1903: Stroud Brewery
Rateable value in 1903: £49.0s.0d.
Type of licence in 1903: Alehouse
Closing time in 1903: 11pm
Landlords at the Bell Hotel include:
1856 B. Pearce
1885 George Grimes
1891 George Kane
1902 Christopher Stockwell
1903 Walter Mancel Bedford
1906 Alfred Laundy
1919,1927 Joseph Henry Elliott
1986 Nancy Green
1998.2005 Luciano Magalotti (owner)
2002 Sarah Close (manager)
2006 (Sept) Yvette Eagle and Tamsin Hulls