12 Gloucester Street in 1919 directory. The Greyhound Inn is an unusually shaped building on the corner of Gloucester Street and Lansdown.

From ‘Pubs of the Old Stroud Brewery’ by Wilfred Merrett

It was rebuilt by Godsell & Sons in 1903. The Greyhound was designed in the Arts and Crafts style by the London architect Percy Morley-Horder. The Godsell’s ‘Labore et Honor’ malt shovel clasped in hand trademark can still be clearly seen on the front of the building. The original building is documented to have its own brewery in 1885.

The Citizen, 1st December 1982 – Change behind the bar: A man who helped knock down the old Stroud Brewery is now building is now building up the trade at one of the town’s pubs! Terry White (34) and his wife Brenda are the new faces behind the bars of the Greyhound Inn in Gloucester Street.

For the past four years Terry, father of four children, has been steward of Cheltenham Gas Club. Previously he was a demolition worker and one of his jobs was to demolish the old Stroud Brewery buildings in Merrywalks.

Terry, now one of the youngest licensees in the Stroud district, hopes to restart the darts and crib teams at The Greyhound.

Terry and Brenda White

Courtesy Michael Wilkes

The Citizen, 24th August 1983 – Switching to a greyhound: Charles Bedwell has swapped a fox and goose for a greyhound. Mr Bedwell (30) and his wife Ann (32) have just taken over the Greyhound Inn in Gloucester Street, Stroud. Since May the couple – have two young children – have been relief managers at the Fox and Goose in Halmore, near Berkeley.

The both come from the Hendon area of London and Mr Bedwell has a diploma in hotel catering.

The Citizen, 7th October 1986 – Trampus takes the biscuit!: Trampus, the cross-collie labrador at the Greyhound Inn, Stroud, is in the doghouse. The boisterous hound has swallowed the false teeth of his owner, Mrs Ann Bedwell. “He snatched them from the ironing board when my back was turned,” she explained.

Ann, a 35-year-old mother of two, said: “I shall not bother to let nature take its course. It will mean going back to the dentist for a new set.” Her husband Charles, landlord of the pub said: “I had to laugh. We have the only dog in town with two sets of teeth.”

The Citizen, 12th December 1986 – Oh, what a surprise!: Stroud landlady Ann Bedwell got a birthday surprise with a difference yesterday. She opened the doors of her pub to find the walls decorated with ribbons, balloons and banners.

The brightly coloured decorations adorning the Greyhound Inn at its prominent position at the junction of Gloucester Street caught the attention of passing motorists and pedestrians. Ann, who was celebrating her 36th birthday runs the Greyhound with her husband Charles, who was in on this special surprise.

The decorations were put up the previous night after closing time while Ann slept unaware and undisturbed upstairs.

The Citizen, 1st July 1998 – Lorry takes out landmark: A Stroud landmark has been temporarily removed after being struck by a lorry. The cast iron greyhound, that sits in front of the Greyhound pub overlooking the corner of Gloucester Street and Lansdown, has been knocked from its perch after an articulated lorry struck the building at 11pm on Saturday night. A corner stone was also removed and the sign that hangs on the Lansdown side of the pub was knocked down.

Licensee David Redshaw, who has been at the pub just three months, said because the pub is a listed building everything will be repaired exactly as before.

The Citizen, Thursday 9th January 2003

The gent’s toilets are undoubtedly the most impressive Victorian toilets remaining in Gloucestershire. Five ‘Adamant’ urinals survive that were installed by the sanitary plumbers Gardener & Son of King Street, Stroud, over a hundred years ago. The original black and white chequered Victorian tiled floor also survives. The gent’s lavatory was once a public convenience and had its own separate entrance.

Obituary – Mr J.H.W. Sands: Mr James Harold Watson Sands, of Wyatt House, Farmhill, Stroud, died peacefully on 8th April 1999 at Wyatt House at the age of 81. James Sands was born in Stroud and worked until his retirement at RHP, Stonehouse. He played football for Cheltenham Town but was better known for playing darts.

In 1948 Jimmy Sands from the Greyhound in Stroud reached the finals of the News of the World Darts Championship of England and Wales. Entry that year was 290,000. What an achievement.

The funeral service took place on Friday 16th April 1999 at Cainscross Parish Church.

The Citizen, 21st June 2001 – Pub blaze alert: Crowds grew in Stroud as firefighters tackled a blaze in the cellar of an empty pub. Passers-by gathered in Gloucester Street on Tuesday as smoke billowed from a barrel store grating beneath the disused Greyhound Inn. The incident was tackled by crews of two local fire engines and quickly extinguished.

People nearby said a man had seen two teenagers throw a carton or something similar down into the grating before the fire broke out.

Stroud News & Journal, 1st January 2003 – Pub’s bark from the past: The hair of the dog has taken on a new meaning for one pub in Stroud following the return of a much-loved greyhound which is now back above the front door of one of the town’s oldest and proudest drinking houses.

New owner Annabel Walker has recently reopened the hostelry. The last pints were pulled and consumed on the premises more than five years ago. A dedicated team of tradesmen have devoted many long hours to give the pub a fresh contemporary feel and the crowning glory was achieved with the return of the old dog.

Despite being black for most of its pub career, Annabel and her team have given the greyhound a trendy new gold look to add to the sleek appeal of the pub.

Licensing, 16th November 2005: The Greyhound in Gloucester Road, Stroud, has applied for a license to sell alcohol until 3am every day. “We certainly won’t be staying open until 3am every day as there is just no call for it, but it will be opening later on the weekend,” said landlord Hector Cobbe. “The idea is that it gives people more choice.”

Stroud News & Journal, 6th February 2013 – Couple have old Greyhound up and running again: Hosts Damian and Elvie Sage are running with new ideas at the café bar they have launched in Stroud. The husband and wife team have re-opened The Greyhound, a former pub, on the corner of Gloucester Street and Lansdown.

Greek-born Elvie, 34, is leading on the food while Damian, 38, is in charge of the coffees, beers and wines. They are offering brunch, kids’ scrambled egg and toast, for just £2, sandwiches on Hobbs House Bakery bread and of course meze to reflect Evie’s Mediterranean roots. There is a takeaway menu for busy office and shop workers as well.

5th April 2019 – The Greyhound Inn reöpens today as South American bar/restaurant Galgos—which is Spanish for greyhound. The pub closed its doors last May and is being reöpened by the two sisters behind the Made in Venezuela shop at the top of the High Street.

According to the Stroud News & Journal, ‘the interior of the pub has been completely transformed and is now decorated with bright colours and upcycled objects, as well as products from the sisters’ former shop’.

Image Courtesy Dave Kirby

Licensing Details:

Owner in 1891: Godsell & Sons, Salmon Springs Brewery, Stroud

Rateable value in 1891: £46.0s.0d.

Type of licence in 1891: Alehouse

Owner in 1903: Godsell & Sons, Salmon Springs Brewery, Stroud

Rateable value in 1903: £46.10s.0d.

Type of licence in 1903: Alehouse

Closing time in 1903: 11pm

Landlords at the Greyhound Inn include:

1830 Richard Hill (Greyhound, Badbrook Street)

1856 D. Darke

1885 Rowland Ford (listed as a brewer in 1885)

1891 George Stokes

1902, 1906 Henry Price

1919,1927 Thomas James Hayes

1939 Thomas Hayes Bacon

1982 Terry and Brenda White

1983, 1986 Charles and Ann Bedwell (from August 1983, Charles then aged 30, Ann aged 32)

1988 Maureen Holiday & Andrew Richards

1998 David Redshaw

2002, 2004 Annabel Walker and James John Versaci

2005 Hector Cobbe (bar manager)

2008 Senor Nano de Gabriel

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