The New Red Lion, on the south side of the street was trading in 1831 and is still open for business today. It is situated a few yards away from the old Thames & Severn canal. When the canal was open the Nailsworth Ales available at the New Red Lion and the Tetbury Ales at the nearby Bell Inn must have been irresistible to the bargees – especially after negotiating the Sapperton tunnel and the flight of locks down to Chalford.

In 1901 John William Townsend offered ‘accommodation for commercial gentlemen tourists and cyclists. Livery stables’.

The Stroud Journal reported a sad tale in February 1926: “On Saturday evening, shortly after 11 o’clock, Lilian Gunter (45), a single woman, neice of the licensee of the New Red Lion Inn, Chalford, Mr H.J. Gunter, to whom she had been housekeeper for the past eight years, was reported missing and soon afterwards her body was recovered from two feet of water in the river Frome, about two hundred yards away from the inn.”

The Citizen. Wednesday, June 12th, 1991 – Pubs for sale. Six more pubs have been added to the Whitbread brewery for sale list. The pubs are being sold in response to Government requirements following the monopolies and mergers commission report. Whitbread have named the following Gloucestershire pubs which will be sold: Duke of York, Chalford Hill, Stroud; New Red Lion, Chalford Stroud; Plough Inn, Corse Lawn, Staunton; Rising Sun, Ruspidge; Royal Foresters, Littledean Hill, Cinderford; Yeoman Hotel, Southgate Street, Gloucester.

The pub garden
Image Courtesy Dave Kirby

Licensing Details:

Map Reference: SO 898025

Owner in 1891: Clissold & Son, Nailsworth Brewery

Rateable value in 1891: £14.7s.6d.

Type of licence in 1891: Alehouse

Owner in 1903: Nailsworth Brewery

Rateable value in 1903: £14.7s.6d.

Type of licence in 1903: Alehouse

Landlords at the New Red Lion include:

1856 R. Taylor (listed as R. Tayloe)

1885 George Eddles (Red Lion Inn, Chalford)

1891 John George Workman

1901,1902 John William Townsend

1903 Florence Jane Burwin

1906 James Innell Packer

1919,1927 Henry John Gunter

1939 Mrs Malina Gunter

1961-1990 Raymond and Betty Browne

2001 Carole Patterson

2004,2007 Matthew and Caroline Alty

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