Pam Daw, who lived in the Darell Arms in the 1940’s and 1950’s, contacted me through the Gloucestershire Pubs website with this query:

Was there a pub in Upper Framilode near the river Frome named the New Inn c. 1775 -1800 that might have started out as  lodgings for navvies digging Stroudwater Canal?  Or do you believe that name was temporarily given to the Passage House at Lower Framilode c. 1765-1788? 

Any information would be appreciated.

Pam Daw

I lived in the Darell Arms 1940s to 1950s and during lockdown made  a file of my memories and tidied my photos.  Then I discovered the Stroudwater Archives now on line as well as in the Glos Archives where I have become interested in Richard Hall who allegedly had the New Inn on the banks of the river Frome at Upper Framilode, before the Stroudwater came about.  Richard Hall married Elizabeth Cullis daughter of Thomas Cullis who had the Passage House etc, he died 1765.  Mary the widow apparently kept the inn & coal business going.  I think canal people may not have known this connection. Richard Hall moved onto the Thames and Severn Canal where he went on surveying land for the proprietors & arranging to buy land from owners on the route. This is where I am now and just getting back to research again!  I love the past, the future being uncertain!!  Thanks again.

Pam Daw

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