It is likely that the Longford Inn was once called the New Inn, but I have to confirm this. (see photograph below)
On Monday 30th October 2000 the Longford Inn was used as a makeshift refuge for 60 villagers from nearby Sandhurst. A chemical factory exploded in the village sending massive fireballs ‘the size of houses’ into the sky as drums of chemicals exploded at the CSG site. Two of the conference rooms at the pub were turned into bedrooms during the disaster and bedding was borrowed from the neighbouring Travel Inn. The Beefeater pub laid on food and drink throughout the day, before locals were allowed to return to their homes on Monday evening.
In the summer of 2004 it had a £500,000 refurbishment. The Longford Inn suffered from flooding in the 1947 floods, and again in the Great Gloucestershire Flood of 20th July 2007. It reopened in November 2007.
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Landlords at the Longford Inn include:
1950’s Gordon Axel
1973 Ivor Balchin
2000 Sam Mazza (manager)
2005 Simon and Kerry Paine (managers)