The Green Dragon was almost certainly Godsell’s showpiece pub. Upon refurbishment in the early part of the last century it boasted an ornate patterned façade with stained glass and etched Godsell’s Brewery windows.
Of all the pubs in Gloucestershire that have disappeared the Green Dragon Hotel is the one that I would have loved to have had a pint or two in. It must have been amazing sitting by the front stained glass windows when the sun was throwing beams of diffused coloured light through the windows into the pub. Perhaps the interior of the Green Dragon was just as stunning as the exterior with ornate mahogany bar fittings, decorative tiling, snob screens, and Godsell’s excellent beers served from hand pulls… the idyllic pub, perhaps?
The upper floor architecture has unchanged, however, and it is possible to see where the ornate iron pub sign was once affixed to the building. Fine Fare opened it as a supermarket in September 1959. The premises later became Halfords and in 2008 the old Green Dragon was converted to the Stroud office of the Stroud and Swindon Building Society
Owner in 1891: Walter Pearse (free from brewery tie)
Rateable value in 1891: £35.10s.0d.
Type of licence in 1891: Alehouse
Owner in 1903: Godsell & Sons, Salmon Springs Brewery, Stroud
Rateable value in 1903: £112.0s.0d.
Type of licence in 1903: Alehouse
Closing time in 1903: 11pm
Landlords at the Green Dragon include:
1830 Mark Thomas
1836 Mr Rodway
1856 R. Knight
1885,1891 Walter Pearse
1903, 1919 Charles Pockett
1927 Mrs Alice G. Pockett
1939 Rt. Kenneth Sharpe