The Nottingham Arms is the only pub to survive on the eastern side of the High Street. The 1891 and 1903 licensing records refer to the Nottingham House. The Nottingham Arms, first licensed in 1869, was one of the few local pubs tied to Bayliss & Merrell, who brewed by St Johns Bridge.

The Nottingham Arms was once tied to the Flowers Brewery of Stratford on Avon. Note the false windows on the top elevation.

The frontage of the Nottingham Arms is 20th century reproduction although the fabric of the building is 16th century or older. The front had to be remodelled because of structural decay and it appears to have half a gable missing (see photograph). The repairs to the building, however, have been quite sensitively done.  The ‘new’ façade is probably a hundred years old!

Nottingham Arms - Tewkesbury

The Nottingham Arms is reputedly haunted. When Kieren and Theresa McCormack took over the pub in the late 1990’s there was poltergeist activity. Theresa said: “Things were moving about all over the place, and there were lots of unexplained noises. The strangest thing was that all the clocks and our watches kept stopping at exactly the same time.” After a while, however, the paranormal activity quietened.

It remains something of a mystery why the pub is called the Nottingham Arms.

Photograph courtesy Linda Cook

Map Reference: SO 894328

Licensing Details:

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

Rateable value in 1891: £14.0s.0d.

Type of licence in 1891: Beerhouse

Owner in 1903: Bayliss & Merrell, Brewers, Tewkesbury

Rateable value in 1903: £28.0s.0d.

Type of licence in 1903: Beerhouse (beer & cider licence)

Closing time in 1903: 11pm

Owner in 2007: Punch Taverns

Landlords at the Nottingham Arms include:

1869,1899 William Bradford 

1899,1904 John Hale

1913 T. Jordan

1913-1914 L.J. Beach

1923-1929 Henry Walter Parker

1929-1933 Harry Baldwin

1933-1941 Cubitt Treen

1941 Mrs Isobella Treen (widow)

1956-1958 Chadwick

1958 Eric Foxwell

1998 Kieren and Theresa McCormack

2002 Grant Middleton

2003 Peter Wilks and Lisa Chapman

2005,2007 Bill and Emma Lopez-Churm

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