The Red Lion was built in 1870. John Henry Halliday, the landlord in 1891, later moved to the Lamb Inn. In 1917 the property was valued with two adjoining cottages at £700. The Red Lion pulled its last pints of Stroud beer in 1919. The building is unusual because it had a stone lion crouching upon a central stone gable at roof level. The Red Lion is now a private residence. The building is listed.
I visited Eastcombe in a quest to locate the Red Lion. It wasn’t easy to find as it is tucked away in a warren of very narrow lanes on the side of a hill. Access for motorised transport is restrictive. The Red Lion could not possibly survive as a pub in the 21st century.
Map Reference: SO 890045
Owner in 1891: Stroud Brewery
Rateable value in 1891: £12.15s.0d.
Type of licence in 1891: Alehouse
Owner in 1903: Stroud Brewery
Rateable value in 1903: £12.15s.0d.
Type of licence in 1903: Alehouse
Landlords at the Red Lion include:
1885 George Mills
1891 John Henry Halliday
1902,1906 Arthur James Davis
1910 Godfrey Davis
1919 Charles Godfrey