The Globe Inn was at the present day 30 Cheltenham Road in Longlevens.  The King Edward VII pub is almost opposite the site of the Globe Inn.

The Gloucester Journal reported on 17th January 1903 that Mitchell & Butlers, brewers of Cape Hill, Birmingham had requested the ‘removal of a license now in force and held by William Short for the sale of beer to be drunk or consumed on or off the premises known by the name of the Globe Inn from the said premises intending to be erected on a piece of land 2,228 yards from the said Globe Inn.’

I am very grateful to Steve Maidment for providing the following detailed notes on the Globe Inn.


The Gloucestershire Chronicle newspaper of 12 January 1895 is the earliest reference found to the Inn when reporting a suicide; “The circumstances attenuating the untimely death of a middle-aged man in the neighbourhood of Cheltenham Road point directly to that of suicide. As far as can be gathered the deceased hails from Worcestershire and followed the avocation of a book canvasser. It would be part of his business to come to Gloucester, and whilst at the Globe Inn, Longlevens, his conduct was of such a strange character that doubts as to his sanity were entertained. As far as is known he was a stranger at this hostelry, but the deceased, whose name was supposed to be Lewis, made himself excessively agreeable with frequenters, so much so that he paid for a quantity of beer for a number of men” Shortly after leaving inn he shot himself with a revolver at Elmbridge Court.

The Gloucester Journal newspaper of 31 August 1895 reported from County Police Court; “Christopher Short and Ernest Short, of The Globe Inn, Longlevens, … were summoned … for committing an assault .. Mr Champney stated that the Shorts were sons of the Publican who kept the Globe Inn, Longlevens…”.

The Gloucestershire Chronicle newspaper of 15 September 1900 reported the sale of the Inn; “Longlevens, Near Gloucester, Valuable Free Beer-House With Early Possession. William Dancey, Instructed by the Executors of the late Mr James Cugley, will sell by auction, at the New Inn Hotel, Gloucester, on Friday, 5th October, 1900, in one or more Lots, – The very valuable and well accustomed Free Beer-House known as the Globe Inn, Longlevens, about two miles from Gloucester, on the main road to Cheltenham, in a district being rapidly developed, now and for many years past in the occupation of Mr Short. Also a Cottage and Garden adjoining, occupied by Mr Yates”.

The Gloucestershire Chronicle newspaper of 15 March 1902 reported on the Fifth Annual Report of the Executive Committee of the Glo’ster Central Association for Restricting the Sale of Intoxicants; “At the County Brewster Sessions, held on 28th of September last … an application to transfer a pre-1869 beer license from The Globe Inn, Longlevens, to new premises to be erected on the opposite side of the road, at the same time extending it to a full license”.

The Citizen newspaper of 21 June 1902 reported from the County Petty Sessions in respect of Gloucester County Bench and Licensed Victuallers; “Mr A C Champney applied on behalf of the landlord of the Globe Inn, Longlevens, for an hour’s extension on Thursday and Friday next in connection with the Coronation celebrations”. Application was refused.

The Citizen newspaper of 27 May 1931 reported that Bruton, Knowles & Co were to auction the property that was formerly The Globe Inn on 29 May 1931 at 4 o’clock at the New Inn, Gloucester; “Longlevens. By direction of the Misses B and M Short; in one Lot. A brick-built shop and dwelling house (formerly the Old Globe Inn), situate on the old Cheltenham Road opposite the King Edward VII Inn, containing Shop, sitting-room, living-room, large store, back-kitchen, four bedrooms and two attic bedrooms, together with large garden at the rear. Vacant possession may be had on completion. And also :- A detached cottage, containing two bedrooms, kitchen, back-kitchen and washhouse, with large garden attached, let to Mrs Yates at the pre-War rental of £8 a year, tenant paying rates. The property has an extensive frontage to the old Cheltenham Road, and contains an area of about 1r 10p.

OS 25inch 2nd Edition, 1894-1903 map shows a Beer House (BH) on the south side of (Old) Cheltenham Road, opposite the space where the Teddy now stands.


In 1851, Richard (1819) and Elizabeth (1819) Short and their children; Margaret (1841), Thomas (1843), Charlotte (1846) and William (1849), were living in the household of Elizabeth’s father Ralph Thomas at Twigworth, with both adult males employed as agricultural labourers.

In 1861 the family were living at Long Leavens. Children; Thomas, Charlotte, William, Richard, Elijah, Elizabeth, Edmund, Charles. Richard and son William were employed as labourers.

In 1871 still at Longlevens with Richard employed as a farm servant / pensioner and William as a labourer.

William married Eliza Bartlett (born at Staunton) at St Mary de Lode, Gloucester, in 1872.

In 1881 William and wife Eliza are at The Globe Inn, Cheltenham Road, employed as an innkeeper. Children Alice (1872), Emily (1875), Oliver William (1876), Ernest (1878) and Charles (1880).

Still at The Globe Inn, Cheltenham Road, in 1891, employed as an innkeeper. Family had grown to include Jesse (1881), Gilbert (1883), Hester/Beatrice Minnie (1885) and Maud (1887).

In 1901 still at Cheltenham Road employed as a publican. Son Oliver is now employed as a barman.

By 1911 The Globe must have been closed as William and Eliza were living in a 7 room house at Cheltenham Road employed as a general shopkeeper. Son Oliver is now a bricklayer. They had had 9 children and all were still alive.

William Short of Cheltenham Road, Gloucester, died in 1915 and was buried at Barnwood on 9 January 1915. Administration of his effects totalling £131 12a 8d was granted to his widow Eliza on 9 February at Gloucester.

A beerhouse was a type of public house created in the United Kingdom by the 1830 Beerhouse Act, legally defined as a place “where beer is sold to be consumed on the premises”. Existing public houses were issued with licences by local magistrates under the terms of the Retail Brewers Act 1828, and were subject to police inspections at any time of the day or night. Proprietors of the new beerhouses, on the other hand, simply had to buy a licence from the government costing two guineas per annum, equivalent to about £150 as of 2010. Until the Wine and Beerhouse Act 1869 gave local magistrates the authority to renew beerhouse licences, the two classes of establishment were in direct competition.

Licensing Details:

Owner in 1891: James Cugley

Owner in 1903: Mitchell & Butler, Cape Hill, Birmingham

Type of licence in 1903: Beerhouse

Rateable value in 1903: £25.0s.0d.

Landlords at the Globe Inn:

1861 Edward Stone ‘Innkeeper and Grocer’

1891,1903 William Short

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