Numbered 295 High Street, and latterly 340, the Kings Head was a fine regency building, which was demolished in the early 1980’s.

Stroud Brewery were the owners of the Kings Head in the Lower High Street in 1891 and 1903. The Kings Head was a licensed ale house with an annual rateable value of £55.0s.0d. in 1891, increasing by just five shillings to £55.5s.0d. in 1903.

Courtesy Martin Edwards

For a time, the Kings Head Hotel was the meeting place of the Cotswold Magical Society.  Mr Mel Collins, the Prison Officer at Gloucester Prison, was president of the Cotswold Magical Society in 1971.

Prior to its demise, I can just recall the superb ornate carved wooden bar surrounds in the pub that must have been the original fixings. I wonder if they were salvaged?

The newsletter for the CAMRA Gloucestershire branch ‘the tippler’ reported in February 1978 (edition No 2) that the exterior of the Kings Head in the Lower High Street was being repainted. ‘What a pity that this included painting over a genuine example of an advertisement for the Stroud Brewery.’

the Kings Head was replaced by a very nondescript concrete building which has already seen a number of uses. It is currently the neighbourhood resource centre.

The bland and boring replacement building on the site of the Kings Head.

Landlords at the Kings Head Hotel include:

1844 William P. Halston (researched by Martin Edwards)

1856 W.P. Hurlston

1859,1870 Mary Ann Blanton

1883 G. Bevan

1885,1891 Harriet Hogg

1902,1903,1906 George Cook Hopkins

1919 Amelia Sharp (Mrs)

1927 Frederick Smith

1939 Thomas A.F. Jackson

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