The Eagle Brewery was once located immediately behind the British Oak. (Alan Neame, Eagle Brewery). The Nailsworth Brewery acquired the Eagle Brewery in 1897. The old brewery buildings were used for many years for prestige caravan manufacturing – Safari Caravans. The brewery buildings were demolished and flats now occupy the site.

The British Oak and the Canal Tavern, which was situated on the banks of the Stroudwater Canal, eschewed the products of the Eagle Brewery in favour of the larger Stroud Brewery Company. Joseph Benjamin Flight, landlord in 1891, had moved to the Sundial Inn by 1902.

British Oak Dart’s Team 1950’s
British Oak Women’s Darts Team 1950’s

The pub is now trading as the Bowbridge Arms.

Licensing Details:

Owner in 1891: Stroud Brewery

Rateable value in 1891: £21.15s.0d.

Type of licence in 1891: Alehouse

Owner in 1903: Stroud Brewery

Rateable value in 1903: £25.10s.0d.

Type of licence in 1903: Alehouse

Landlords at the British Oak / Bowbridge Arms include:

1856 C. Little

1885 James Hill

1891 Joseph Benjamin Flight

1902,1927 Albert Spillard

1930’s Jack and Rose Crook

1939 John H. Crook

1981 Ivor & Joan Dugdale

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