The Eight Bells is a delightful honey coloured 13th century Cotswold stone inn with a cobbled courtyard. The pub sign is of interest. It has eight bells in descending order of size across the top of the bracket. A conventional inn sign hangs below the eight bells.

Courtesy Michael Wilkes

The reference to H. Gardner & Sons in 1891 probably should be Lardner & Sons of Little Compton, whose brewery was acquired in 1898 by Hitchman & Co. Ltd. of Chipping Norton.

It seems that the tied estate of Lardner’s Compton Stream Brewery was sold piecemeal, as Flowers & Sons of Stratford on Avon owned the Eight Bells in 1903.

The Eight Bells is now renowned for its food.

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Licensing Details:

Owner in 1891: ‘H.Gardner & Sons’ (probably meant to be Lardner & Sons, Little Compton)

Rateable value in 1891: £15.3s.4d.

Type of licence in 1891: Alehouse

Owner in 1903: Flowers & Sons, Stratford on Avon

Rateable value in 1903: £15.3s.4d.

Type of licence in 1903: Alehouse

Closing time in 1903: 11pm

Landlords at the Eight Bells include:

1856,1858 Richard Andrews

1885 George Freeman

1891 George Freeman

1902,1906 James John Gladwin

1910 Millicent Gladwin

1919 Thomas A. Harris

1921-1953 James Sadler, followed by his son Samuel.

2002 Neil Hargreaves

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