Located at the far end of Watermoor Road just before the ring road, the Plume of Feathers has been an Arkell’s tied house for well over one hundred years.

Courtesy Rick Martin collection.

It was refurbished and reopened in February 2000 by James Arkell of the Kingsdown Brewery. It was renamed the Bees Knees in September 2000.

Landlord, Nigel Scrivens, once played for Gloucester Rugby Football Club.

 Licensing Details:

Owner in 1891:  Arkell & Son, Kingsdown Brewery, Swindon

Rateable Value in 1891: £13.15s.0d.

Type of license in 1891: Beerhouse

Owner in 1903: Arkell & Son, Kingsdown Brewery, Swindon

Rateable Value in 1903: £40.0s.0d.

Type of license in 1903: Beerhouse

Closing time in 1903: 11pm

Landlords at the Plume of Feathers / Bees Knees include:

1871 George Woolly

1889, 1891  Albert Moss

1903,1913 William Keen

1939 Harry Keen

c.1946-c.1988  Jock Grieve

2000 Craig Holder (Plume of Feathers)

2000, Nigel and Sharon Scrivens (Bees Knees)

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