Tucked away in a side street just off Southgate Street the 16th century Cross Keys Inn is known to have been a tied house of the City Brewery in 1894. It was then purchased by either the Stroud Brewery Company or Godsells & Sons for it was a popular ‘Stroud Cotswold Ales’ pub in the 1950’s. The once multi-roomed interior has now been modified to just one large room.

Courtesy Darrel Kirby

In October 2001 Stephen Gaston, son of father David and mother Stella, was the joint licensee of the Cross Keys Inn. At just 21 he may have qualified as being the youngest licensee in Gloucestershire.

Landlords at the Cross Keys include:

1830 Thomas Hyett (also employed as a maltster)

1842 James Hyett

1856,1859 William Watkins

1879 W. Nelmes

1885 John Evans

1893 E.Meredith

1902 William Edward Creese

1906 Ernest Meredith

1919 William Clinch

1927,1936 Alfred Enstone

1939 S.G. Vizard

1957 Percy K. Alder

c1977 -2007 David , Stella and Stephen Gaston

2003 Peter Charles

2007,2008 David and Ruth Bourke-Cross

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