The New Inn replaced the Prinns Arms at the far end of Cirencester Road (Up End). It was built on the site of a messuage held in the 16th and 17th century by the family known as Alexander alias Mansell. The New Inn was not far from Charlton Kings railway station and must have been used on many occasions as an alternative waiting room for the train to Kingham junction.

Reproduced from Charlton Kings Local History Site with permission. Courtesy David Hanks.

The New Inn changed its name to the Little Owl in the 1980’s to commemorate the winning Irish racehorse in the 1981 Cheltenham Gold Cup. The pub sign had a painting of Little Owl, which was ridden in the Gold Cup by Jim Wilson – one of only two amateur jockeys to win the prestigious race since the Second World War.

Above images Courtesy Michael Wilkes

The racing connection was apparently forgotten by the late 1990’s when a refurbishment at the pub adopted an image of an owl for its logo. A conference suite was built at the rear of the pub. The Annecy Suite was specifically designed for conference facilities, corporate hospitality and weddings.

After another refurbishment in the Spring of 2007 the pub was re-launched as the Owl at Charlton Kings.

The Owl at Charlton Kings closed down after a property developer acquired it. Despite an active campaign to save it, the pub was demolished and residential apartments now occupy the site.

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Owner in 1891: William Widdows (free from brewery tie)

Rateable value in 1891: £29.15s.0d.

Type of licence in 1891: Beerhouse

Owner in 1903: Cheltenham Original Brewery 

Rateable value in 1903: £29.15s.0d.

Type of licence in 1903: Beerhouse

Closing time in 1903: 11pm

Landlords at the New Inn / Little Owl include:

1857 William Bate

1891 Charlotte Bethia Hewinson

1892 Robert Hewinson

1903 Henry Pinchin

1926,1939 George Edward Eaketts

2001, 2005 Michael and Diana Barnardiston (Little Owl)

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