The hotel dates back to 1820 when it was known as the Ram & County Inn. It re-opened on 30th January 1937 after extensive refurbishment as the New County Hotel. The hotel retains some of its original features. The lounge bar has rich wooden panelling.

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The New County once hosted Saturday night dinner dances –until the Second World War interrupted proceedings, the hotel held regular dances with the resident band – Al Durrant’s Broadcast Six. Admission was 7 shillings and 6 pence (38p!).

The Citizen: Friday, 23rd July 1982 – New manager: Mr David Vasey (28) has taken over as general manager of the New County Hotel, Southgate Street, Gloucester. Mr Vasey, who comes from Lincoln, spent two years at the Royal York Hotel in Bath as deputy manager before taking up the new position. He is married and he and his wife, Diane, are expecting their first child later in the year. Mr Vasey said he was looking forward to his new job.

The Citizen: Friday, 9th January 1987 – Barrel roll for charity: Staff at the New County Hotel will be rolling out the barrel in Gloucester at 6 pm tomorrow evening. Seven of them will push a 22-gallon barrel along the pavements for about two miles, calling at 18 pubs on the way. Organisers Warren Davis and Tim Willis said that with sponsorship and collections on the way they hope to raise about £500 for the Spring Centre, a playgroup in the grounds of Gloucestershire Royal Hospital for children with special needs.

The Beatles played in Gloucestershire at the beginning of their momentous career as international ambassadors of British pop music. In early 1963, The Beatles played The Regal theatre in Gloucester’s King’s Square, supporting American star Chris “Let’s Dance” Montez. The Citizen’s reporter, Hugh Worsnip, interviewed the band at the New County Hotel after the show.

The Beatles signed their names in his notepad – which was he threw out six months later. He can, however, remember the set list from the night, when the Fab Four had been promoted from the bottom of the bill to closing the first half. They played I Saw Her Standing There, Love Me Do, Misery, Taste of Honey, Do You Want to Know a Secret? and Please Please Me.

In 2003 London and Edinburgh Inns owned the New County Hotel and was owned by Swallow Hotels & Inns in 2005.

Now (2022) the hotel is simply called No. 44.

This page will be updated with additional information.


1937 Charles Burge

2001 Stewart Williams

2003 Matthew Roberts

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