Masons Arms (Highwayman Inn) GL53 9PL

As early as 1781 there was an inn near the turnpike booth on the Gloucester – Cirencester Road called the Huntsman & Hounds. The name had changed to the Masons arms by 1856 and remained trading under that name until c1960.

The Cirencester Brewery bought the Masons Arms on 30th May 1919 with ‘Cottage and Land’. When it was restored and enlarged to incorporate the out-buildings the name was changed to the Highwayman Inn.

Courtesy Nick Warner

The pub, which is reputedly haunted, has been a tied house of Arkell’s Kingsdown Brewery, Swindon for many years. Until the acquisition of pubs in Gloucester and Cheltenham in the early 1990’s the Highwayman Inn was the only outlet for Arkell’s beers west of Cirencester.

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Map reference: SO 965107

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Licensing Details:

Owner in 1891: Thomas Dunn., Esq. (free from brewery tie)

Rateable value in 1891: £10.6s.0d.

Type of licence in 1891: Alehouse

Owner in 1903: C.F. Greathead, Esq. (free from brewery tie)

Rateable value in 1903: £12.16s.0d.

Type of licence in 1903: Alehouse

Closing time in 1903: 10pm

Owner in 1919: Cirencester Brewery

Landlords at the Masons Arms / Highwayman Inn include:

1856 H. Haveland

1885 Thomas Butts

1891,1906  James Butt

1913 Sarah Butt

1919,1939 Charles Lusty

1983 David Butcher

1992,1998 Jim and Karen Clark

2008 John and Sam Flynn

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