Garricks House is on the south eastern corner of the crossroads about half a mile from the Kilkenny Inn and a mile south east of Andoversford village.
The first reference to Garrick House appears in 1829. It may have been a beerhouse at that time but the first positive reference dates from 18th March 1873 when the property was conveyed to John Walker Tayler of Aldsworth from Samuel Barry Burge and James Burge. It was described as “a messuage or beerhouse known as the Garricks House with the beer house, stable and carpenters shop in the occupation of William Bellinger and two cottages and gardens adjoining.”
In 1911 the Cheltenham Original Brewery instructed Bruton Knowles to value the property of Tayler’s Brewery of Northleach – presumably with a view to purchase the business. The renamed Garricks Head was included in the valuation and was described as a ‘beerhouse only, selling 54 barrels per annum, and was let at a rent of £13 per annum.’ The property consisted of a cellar, a kitchen, a private sitting-room and three bedrooms.’ Interestingly there is no mention of a public bar or even a public room. There is a reference to only one cottage – presumably one had been pulled down by 1911. The remaining cottage had just two downstairs rooms and two bedrooms. The whole property was valued at £520 and there was an adjoining carpenter’s shop, two W.C.’s and a pigscot.
On 2nd May 1924 the property was sold to Joseph Hall, a farmer from Withington, for £350 and the Garricks Head ceased to be a public house. The building was on the market again in December 1925 when it passed into the ownership of Mr and Mrs Smith from West Croydon for £850. Major changes to the property were undertaken in the 1930’s when the building was widened and additional windows were added to the south elevation. It is possible to make out the extent of the 1930’s alterations from different shaded Cotswold stone on the property.
From a personal point of view I am interested in the landlord in 1921 – Victor Sandells. It is possible that he might be a distant relative of mine, although my surname is spelt Sandles. If anyone can help me with my own family history it would be appreciated.
Owner in 1891: Tayler & Co, Cotswold Brewery, Northleach
Rateable value in 1891: £8.0s.0d.
Type of licence in 1891: Beerhouse
Owner in 1903: Tayler & Co, Cotswold Brewery, Northleach
Rateable value in 1903: £7.15s.0d.
Type of licence in 1903: Beerhouse
Closing time in 1903: 10pm
Landlords at the Garricks Head include:
1876-1903 Thomas Roberts
1911 Reuben Harris
1911 R. I. Tyler
1919 Arthur Pinchin
1921 Victor Sandells