Gloucester Journal: July (29th?) 1889: The annual fete and dinner of the Birdlip Lodge of the Gloucester Benefit Society and Conservative Association, was held in a field at the rear of the George Hotel, on Wednesday. Mr T.S. Williams of Salterley Grange presided at the dinner.

The Royal George Hotel was built in the 19th century at the summit of the steep hill from Witcombe. The pub is located on the route of the ancient Roman Ermin Street. Birdlip was once a popular destination for day trippers and the pleasure gardens in the Royal George were a popular attraction. The gardens included a thatched summerhouse. The pub still has grounds that extend to 27 acres and includes an enclosed woodland garden and terrace.

Courtesy Michael Wilkes
Courtesy Michael Wilkes
Courtesy Michael Wilkes
August 2006

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Map Reference: SO 926144

Licensing Details:

Rateable Value in 1891: £51.0s.0d.

Type of licence in 1891: Alehouse

Owner in 1891: William Baring Bingham (free from brewery tie)

Rateable Value in 1903: £51.0s.0d.

Type of licence in 1903: Alehouse

Owner in 1903: James Horlick (free from brewery tie)

Closing time in 1903: 10pm

Owner in 2008: Old English Hotels – Greene King

Landlords at the Royal George include:

1856 J. Fewings – listed as a brewer at the Royal George

1891 Edwin Shipway

1903,1906 William Henry Long

1912 W. Laing

1919 Alfred Cecil Mills

1927 H. Waghorne

1990 Lansbury Hotels

1999 Nick Warner (general manager)

2004,2006 Martin Gormley (Manager)

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