The Lamb Inn is referred to in a 1781 Register for recognisances. There are also references to the Lamb in 1763 and 1781 and it probably occupied the site of a medieval inn in Bisley Street.

There is a story that there were once some rowdy navvies lodging at the Lamb who were causing distress to the landlady with their bawdy behaviour and hardened drinking. It is said that she baked them a special pie for their delectation on Feast Sunday – made of dog’s flesh!

Gloucester Journal: August 1786: The people of Painswick have presented a petition to the Justices of this county, setting forth the pernicious tendency of the great number of public houses, and requesting a suppression of a considerable number of these seminaries of vice. If this petition were made general through the county it would serve the views of the Chairman of the Quarter sessions, and might have a beneficial tendency.


1781 Joseph Hanks

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