The 1891 Gloucestershire licensing book list just one beer house in the village of Alderton but does not specify a name. Twelve years later the 1903 book lists just one beer house in Alderton – the Gardeners Arms. It seems reasonable to assume that the ‘no name’ licensed premises of 1891 later became the Gardeners Arms but this has to be confirmed. I have therefore marked the 1891 entries below with an asterisk (*) to signify this.
The Gardeners Arms is a picturesque 16th century thatched timber framed pub, but there are parts of the building that have been added to over the years. There are surprisingly few thatched pubs left in Gloucestershire – the Kings Head and Royal Oak in Bishops Cleeve, the Plough Inn at Prestbury and the Bakers Arms at Broad Campden… are there any others?
Jack Terry, the landlord of the Gardeners Arms in the 1970’s, 1980’s and 1990’s, gained an unenviable reputation as being rude to his customers. He even appeared on TV AM, relishing in the fact that he was considered to be the nation’s rudest landlord.
Mike and Wendy Wakeman bought the Gardeners Arms in 2004, after renting it for three years.
This page will be updated with additional information.
Map Reference: SO 999333
CAMRA Good Beer Guide: Listed in 2006,2007,2008,2009
*Owner in 1891: Mary Stephens (free from brewery tie)
*Rateable value in 1891: £12.15s.0d.
*Type of licence in 1891: Beerhouse
Owner in 1903 William Day
Rateable value in 1903: £11.5s.0d.
Type of licence in 1903: Beerhouse
Closing time in 1903:
Owners in 1993: Whitbread
*1891 Mary Stephens (listed as having no name)
1903 Elizabeth Day
1939 Thomas Fluck
1972,1998 Jack and Jane Terry
2001,2008 Mike and Wendy Wakeman