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.
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.
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)