The Bricklayers Arms was originally built for the navvies working on the Thames & Severn canal. The pub is located in a superb isolated position near the western portal of the old Sapperton canal tunnel. The building has changed very little over the years. An old photograph (not reproduced here) shows a horse and cart tethered to the wall of the pub patiently awaiting for its master to return from his liquid refreshment. A painted sign on the gabled end of the building reads ‘The Bricklayers Arms. Cirencester Brewery Co., Ales & Stout. Wines & Spirits.’
There is a magnificent Dutch carved fireplace in lounge bar. The Daneway and the Tunnel House Inn were owned by the bookmaker Jack Burrows sometime after 1939 and he was still at the Daneway just before he died c.1983. The Daneway Inn was acquired by Mr. Burrows secretary after his death – his wife and only son had died before him. The Daneway Inn was bought by Wadworth of Devizes on April 2nd 1997 but has enjoyed a long association with the Devizes brewery for at least 20 years prior to that date. I can remember making the effort to cycle to the Daneway on several occasions in the 1970’s to sample the excellent Wadworth 6X which was then served straight from the wooden barrel.
The Citizen: Wednesday, February 13th, 1985 – A move to the country: A move to the Cotswold countryside has suited licensees Bill and Mandy Perrott who have just taken over an historic pub, several miles outside Stroud. The couple left hotel and restaurant life in bath when they became managers of the Daneway Inn at the entrance to the now derelict Sapperton canal tunnel. The Christmas rush was a good initiation for Bill (33) and Mandy (26) who have added pub food to the inn’s attractions and say they are ‘just loving’ their new life.
Map Reference: SO 939034
Owner in 1891: Cripps & Co., Cirencester Brewery
Rateable Value in 1891: £6.10s.0d.
Type of licence in 1891: Alehouse
Owner in 1903: Cripps & Co., Cirencester Brewery
Rateable Value in 1903: £6.10s.0d.
Type of licence in 1903: Alehouse
Closing time in 1903: 10pm
Owners in 1997,2008: Wadworth & Co., (Brewers), Devizes, Wiltshire
Landlords at the Bricklayers Arms / Daneway Inn include:
1856 E. Restall
1885 George Hill
1891 William Whiting
1903 Annie Whiting
1906 Mrs Ann Whiting
1919,1927 Arthur Pearman
1939 Mrs M. Pearman
c.1940-c.1983 Jack Burrows
1985 Bill & Mandy Perrott
1999 Richard and Elizabeth Goodfellow