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.
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.
Map reference: SO 965107
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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