The Puesdown Inn is in an isolated spot on the Cheltenham to Burford (A40) road. It is about one mile to the east of Compton Abdale and one mile to the south of Hazleton. It dates from 1236. The Puesdown Inn was once tied to Green’s Stow Brewery.
There was a story that the pub was reputedly haunted by a highwayman, a tall man in a dark cape who is said to have knocked on the door of the pub three times after being shot in the back by an arrow. It was reported that the sound of three knocks was still occasionally heard. Unfortunately it now seems that this story has been made up.
Keith Lockey emailed me. He told me that his parents and his grandparents, who had long associations with the pub, never mentioned the ghost story. Keith did tell me, however, that people were trapped at the Puesdown for days during the severe blizzards of 1947.
In the early 1990’s it was an ordinary Whitbread pub which had seen better days. It had a complete change of identity in August 1995 when it was renamed the Cotswold Explorer – after Dr. Edward Wilson who died in 1912 while returning from an expedition with Captain Robert Scott. Trade did increase but the change of name was controversial.
The pub was renamed the Puesdown Inn on 26th July 1997.
Garniche at the Puesdown
It is believed that the Puesdown Inn, or its last incarnation as Garniche at the Puesdown has now ceased trading.
This page will be updated with additional information.
Map Reference: SP 076171
Owner in 1891: E. Waller., Esq. (free from brewery tie)
Rateable value in 1891: £14.10s.0d.
Type of licence in 1891: Alehouse
Owner in 1903: Edward Augustus Green, Stow Brewery
Rateable value in 1903: £16.0s.0d.
Type of licence in 1903: Alehouse
Closing time in 1903: 10pm
Landlords at the Puesdown Inn include:
1851 George Harris
1856 William Cove
1891,1897 Adolphus Cove (died June 1898)
1902 Mrs Mary Ann Cove
1903 Wilfred George Cove
1906 Mrs Mary Ann Cove
1913 Mr. Eborn
1919,1939 Charles Curtis
1939-1952 Frederick William Davies (previously at the White Lion, Apperley)
1995 (Aug). Nicholas Dobbin and Michael Lebiseur (Cotswold Explorer)
1997 Tanya Berisford-Wylie