The Carpenters Arms, which was on the main road in the valley near St. Marys Crossing, closed in 1976 when the licensees bought the house from Whitbread. It was once tied to Godsell’s Brewery. The Carpenters Arms was later converted into maisonettes. There is nothing visible to indicate that the building was once a pub. It is called Carpenters.
The Stroud Brewery Courier, December 1950: We send our sympathy to Mr R. Wager, who has recently lost his Mother after a long illness. Readers will remember Mrs Inight [sic – could this be Knight?] who held the tenancy of the Carpenter’s Arms, Chalford for a number of years, and afterwards resided at the Old Crown Inn, Ebley.
The Citizen, 13th October 1976 – Pub is home: Licensee Norman Smith and his wife Mabel have retired – to live in the pub they have run for almost 30 years. The couple have bought the Carpenters Arms, Chalford, from Whitbread Flowers. They are turning it into a private house.
Mrs Smith, 63, has run the inn single-handed for the last four years because of her husband’s ill health. She said: “The brewery were going to sell it and we didn’t want to leave because we have happy memories here. I was born in a house under 50 yards away and I have known the pub for all my life.”
The couple, married for 39 years, first met when they were both working at a Stroud clothing factory. For many years Mr Smith, 71, was employed in the drawing office of an aero-engineering firm near Gloucester. His wife’s late uncle, Mr George Cook, ran the Company’s Arms in Chalford for 34 years.
For sale – January 2009 ‘Apartment enjoys views’: Price £149,000. This light and airy two double bedroom ground floor apartment is situated in St Mary’s, Chalford, which forms part of the golden valley and is a most idyllic and sought after village with a number of quaint cottages, many originating from the former woollen industry located within the valley.
The accommodation comprises entrance hall, living/dining room, fitted kitchen, utility, two double bedrooms and a family size bathroom. The property still retains several character features including exposed Cotswold stone, fireplace with wood burner, exposed beam and sash windows where specified. Outside is a garden and views across to the valley.
For sale – November 2014 ‘Flat in village location’: 1 The Carpenters, St. Marys, London Road, Chalford. Price £195,250. This charming ground floor flat is located within a Cotswold Stone dwelling dating back to the early 1800’s, retaining character features which include an open stone fireplace, panel doors and sash windows.
The 28 ft lounge/dining room has two sash windows to the front, oak style laminate flooring and a Villager wood burner stove set within an inglenook Cotswold stone fireplace with a Welsh slate hearth.
Map Reference: SO 888024
Owner in 1891: Godsell & Sons, Salmon Springs Brewery,Stroud
Rateable value in 1891: £8.0s.0d.
Type of licence in 1891: Alehouse
Owner in 1903: Godsell & Sons, Salmon Springs Brewery,Stroud
Rateable value in 1903: £8.0s.0d.
Type of licence in 1903: Alehouse
Closing time in 1903:
Landlords at the Carpenters Arms include:
1856 J. Liddington
1885 Mrs Harriet Liddington
1891,1906 Valentine Tupper
1919 Henry Fox
1927 Frederick Wager
1939 John Astridge
1946-1976 Norman and Mabel Smith