There is a reference to the Green Dragon Inn, Albion Street in 1870. G. Clissold is listed as occupier.

Two years later the entry is for a brewery.

An 1872 reference describes the Green Dragon Brewery being ‘between Witcombe Place and St. Johns School’ and near St. Johns Church. H.C. Harding is listed as an ‘ale and porter merchant’. A contemporary trade directory gives detail that he was ‘now supplying ales and casks of nine gallons and upwards, in splendid condition and sent to any part of Cheltenham and neighbourhood.’

H.C. Harding was also the agent for Joseland & Sons’ celebrated Worcester Ales. George Joseland & Sons, brewers of Foregate Street, merged with Spreckley Brotherss of Worcester in 1897, and their brewing plant was auctioned in 1898.

H.C Harding, Ale & Porter Merchant, Green Dragon Brewery. Invalid ale, particularly recommended to nervous sufferers. The water which supplies the establishment is obtained from a deep well sunk on the premises, and being derived from a depth much below the water-bearing strata of the Severn Valley, is singularly pure, and of similar quality (according to analysis) to the famous Burton Water, and being hopped with the finest hops the Weald of Kent produces, combined with malt of the best quality, and having the newest appliances for brewing, the Ales defy all seasons and climates.” (1872)

                                                Firkin               Kilderkin         Barrel

            V Ale                          8s. 6d.             17s. 0d.           33s. 0d.

            X Ale                         10s.0d.             20s. 0d.           40s. 0d.

            XX Ale                       12s.6d.             25s. 0d.           49s. 0d.

            XXX Strong Ale        14s.0d.             28s. 0d.           55s. 0d.

            Pale Ale                     15s.0d.             30s. 0d.           60s. 0d.

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