The Nags Head was on the western corner of Granville Street and originally numbered 236A High Street and latterly 441. The Nags Head served its last pints in the mid 1970’s. The building was used for commercial use but has now been converted to residential.
The Nags Head had an annual rateable value of £32.5s.0d. in 1891, which decreased by six pounds and fifteen shillings to £25.10s.0d. in 1891. I can offer no explanation for this. The Nags Head was a tied house of the Cheltenham Original Brewery and was licensed as an ale house.
You might like to play a game of ‘Spot the Difference’ with the two images above. Apart from the new buildings either side of the old Nags Head, the ‘Best in the West – West Country Ales’ ceramic plaque has gone and the distinctive ‘Nags Head Inn’ signs have disappeared. Look closer and you’ll notice that there appear to be panels erected over the raised lettering. For what purpose? The Lower High Street area of Cheltenham is undergoing regeneration and it would be appropriate to see the buildings of the area restored as part of this improvement. The exposed Nags Head name board would be a focal point.
Landlords of the Nags Head include:
1830 Batholomew Sweet
1844 John Haydon (233 High Street – researched by Martin Edwards)
1856,1870 Joseph Wood
1878 William Turner
1883 W. Wells
1885,1891 James Spire
1902,1906 Charles Piff
1926 William Pearce
1939 Frederick W.G. Andrews
1955 Francis E.J. Browning
1957 Leonard J. Mills