The Cirencester Brewery Company purchased the ‘Hope Inn beer house and garden in Querns Lane’ on 24th December 1904.

Courtesy Mel Warren

The building is now in use as ‘Sydney Free Saddlers and Country Clothing’- a shop by the pedestrian crossing in Querns Lane. A modern wooden sign on the building obscures the wording of an original wall painted pub sign. The words ‘ales and stouts’ are still visible but, regrettably, the remainder is hidden. The sign used to advertise Simonds Brewery ‘unrivalled’ Ales & Stouts.

The building has been largely unaltered with the exception of the front entrance, which has now been replaced by a window. The porch, however, still remains.

Licensing Details:

Owner in 1891: Earl Bathurst (leased to Cirencester Brewery)

Rateable Value in 1891: £11.5s.0d.

Type of license in 1891: Beerhouse

Owner in 1903: Earl Bathurst (leased to Cirencester Brewery)

Rateable Value in 1903: £11.5s.0d.

Type of license in 1903: Beerhouse

Closing time in 1903: 11pm

Landlords at the Hope Inn include:

1871 Samuel Guest

1891,1910  George Evans

1913 Mrs A. Evans

1939 William John Warren

1950’s Harold Long

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