In the mortgage taken out on the Hartpury Estate in 1908 the tenants of the Canning Arms were the Royal Well Brewery Co Ltd. of West Malvern. As far as I know this was the only Gloucestershire pub that sold beers from the Royal Well Brewery. There were 26 tied houses in their estate, which were offered for auction on 21st July 1930 and the brewery went into liquidation in 1931. In 1908 the Canning Arms, together with 10 acres of land, had an annual rateable value of £70.

The Canning Arms has also been known as the Crown (on the 1809 Woolridge map) and the Rose and Crown (1841 census).

Courtesy Michael Wilkes
Courtesy Michael Wilkes

The licensees listed from 1985 are taken from transfer applications and it is not certain if all the applications were successful. John Ashton, the last licensee, lived on the premises after the Canning Arms was de-licensed in 2002. 

The Citizen: Wednesday, October 19th, 1983: Pub raises record sum – All was safely gathered in for the annual Harvest Festival service and auction at the Canning Arms, Hartpury. Landlady Mrs Eve Davis, and her family and friends, arranged a vast array of produce, fruit, flowers, cakes and tinned foods attractively, with pride of place given to the ornate harvest loaves. After a service conducted by the Rev. John Evans, helped by Mr. Archie Finch, the auction began. Mr ‘Mac’ McGee performed a marathon operation and at the end of the evening the record sum of £326 had been raised for local charities.

The Citizen: Thursday, November 29th, 1984: Pub Robbed – Thieves broke into the Canning Arms public house on the A417 at Hartpury in the early hours of yesterday and stole £500 in 10p and 50p coins from two fruit machines.

In 2007 a planning application was submitted to the Forest of Dean district council to create two separate dwellings at the Canning Arms.

Map Reference: SO 799253

Thanks to Mike Payne for providing additional information on the Canning Arms.

Licensing Details:

Owner in 1891: Major E. Herbert (free from brewery tie)

Type of licence in 1891: Alehouse

Owner in 1903: Major E. Herbert (free from brewery tie)

Rateable value in 1903: £30.0s.0d.

Type of licence in 1903: Alehouse

Closing time in 1903: 10pm

Rateable Value in 1908: £70.0s.0d.

Landlords at the Canning Arms include:

1851,1856 Mary Long  (Rose and Crown in 1856)

1867 Robert Giles

1809 John Moody (listed as the Crown Inn on a map)

1871, 1897 Charles Sivell (aka Charles Sivelle in 1881 and Charles Sivill in 1889)

1902 William Butt

1903 William George Winwood

1906 John Francis Nash

1906/07 R. McCann

1919,1927 Robert Burford

1939 Henry Trinder Millard (also employed as a dairy farmer and butter maker)

1977 Joyce Maureen Herbert from Victor James Herbert

1978 Trevor Davies (of the Queens Arms, Ashleworth) from Joyce Herbert

1979,1983 Mrs E. Davies

1985 Roy George Durnall from Mrs E.M. Davis

1987 Ian Paul Douglas White from Roy Durnell

1991 John Mark Burns-Lindow from Ian Wayne Hamblett

1996 Paul Gary Simpson and Sean Ashton from John and Jean Ashton.

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