The Kings Head is an attractive stone built pub in the centre of Dursley. There is an old photograph which shows the Kings Head to be a more simplistic building that it is today. It must have been either substantially rebuilt or reconstructed on the same site. An enamel sign on the building advertises ‘Nailsworth Brewery Ales & Stouts’.

On 2nd November 1895, Mr Ezra Denley of the Kings Head Inn was accused of ‘raffling a watch’ on the premises. The Gloucester Quarter Sessions, held on Wednesday 1st January 1896, heard that the landlord of the Kings Head Inn had appealed against a conviction of the Dursley bench of magistrates who had fined him £1 and costs and endorsed his licence for gambling on the premises.

Western Daily Press: Monday, November 26th 1979 – Go-ahead for the pub lovers: Whitbread Brewery is to allow a landlady to run her public house with her lover. Originally it told Mrs Marie Jones, aged 31, that she would have to leave the Kings Head, Dursley, when her husband Nigel moved out and local bookmaker, Mr Maurice Ball, moved in. But, with the backing of a petition from dozens of regulars, Whitbread changed its mind. Mr and Mrs Jones parted earlier this year, Mr Ball left his wife Marilyn, 29, at about the same time. Mr Jones said the decision to allow his wife to carry on was the best thing. “We invested a lot of money in the pub and it seems only right that Marie should be able to have the benefit,” he said.

In 1999 the Kings Head hosted some of the best established rock and pop acts on the pub circuit – Paul Young, Groundhogs and Wishbone Ash played there, among with some classic tribute bands. Neil Ashcroft told the ‘Dursley Gazette’ in March 2000: “We started the music last September and its just gone crazy now. It certainly changed the scene in here and it wasn’t intentional – it just happened. We are getting packed out and it is almost an institution.” Regrettably Neil and Wendy were in dispute with the brewery and had left by April 2000.

Novemeber in Dusley!!

The Kings Head was left empty for three months. In August 2000 the pub opened under new management and was renamed Kings Wine Bar. (Kings).

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Licensing Details

Owner in 1891: Mrs S.A. Ayliffe (leased to Clissold & Son, Nailsworth Brewery)

Rateable value in 1891: £13.15s.0d.

Type of licence in 1891: Alehouse

Owner in 1903: Nailsworth Brewery

Rateable value in 1903: £13.15s.0d.

Type of licence in 1903: Alehouse

Closing time in 1903: 11pm

Landlords at the Kings Head include:

1856 J. Newth

1891,1895 Ezra Denley

1902,1906 George Evans Price

1919 Mrs Catherine Mee

1927,1939 William F. Mee

1978 Nigel and Marie Jones

1979 Marie Jones and Maurice Ball

1998,1999 Neil and Wendy Ashcroft

2000 Gary Ricketts

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