The Blue Boy was a Nailsworth Brewery tied house. The pub was a stones throw away from the Beaufort Arms. It is now a private residence called Malt House Cottage. The property is Grade II listed and is believed to date back to the 18th century.
Mark Steeds, landlord of the Beaufort Arms, told me that it was once just possible to see the words ‘Nailsworth Brewery’ on the wall of the building, usually after it had been raining. The metal pub sign bracket is still in position.
In 1981 the new owners of the property found a large piece of tin in their garden, which was being used as a cover for a well. When the round piece of tin was turned over it was found to be an old Automobile Association black and yellow place name for Hawkesbury Upton, dating back to the 1920’s. The sign was handed over to Hawkesbury Parish Council and was offered to the Beaufort Arms in 1998. It is now proudly displayed in front of the Beaufort.
Owner in 1891: Nailsworth Brewery
Rateable value in 1891: £18.0s.0d.
Type of licence in 1891: Beerhouse
Owner in 1903: Nailsworth Brewery
Rateable value in 1903: £18.0s.0d.
Type of licence in 1903: Beerhouse
Closing time in 1903: 10pm
1891,1903 Thomas Lilly