The original frontage of the Ship Inn faced the Stroudwater navigation and the inn was a popular haunt of bargees and canal users. When the canal became obsolete passing trade came from motorists using the A419 and the alignment of the pub was changed in successive enlargements.

On the 1986 August Bank Holiday, a team of eight regulars from the Ship Inn took part in a marathon quoits match in aid of the local meningitis Research Appeal Fund. They started at 8 o’clock on Friday evening and played on continuously until Sunday evening. The Ship also hosted a barbeque, outside skittles, a car boot sale and a disco during the weekend.

The Citizen Wednesday February 26th 1997: Pub’s last orders… The landlady of a Stonehouse pub due to be demolished to make way for the town’s bypass is inviting customers for one last knees-up. The Ship Inn closes its doors for the very last time tomorrow evening. Local band Strats will be playing the Ship’s swansong with a ‘last orders’ performance tomorrow. Landlady Debbie Townsend said the pub is also open today as usual.’

After closure the Ship Inn lay derelict for well over two years. There were also controversial proposals to build a residential development on the site. Work finally started on the road improvements on Monday June 7th 1999. By that time the Ship had become badly vandalised – the West Country Ales plaque had been smashed to pieces.

The site of the Ship Inn

Licensing Details:

Rateable Value in 1891: £17.0s.0d.

Owner in 1891: Stroud Brewery

Type of licence in 1891: Beerhouse

Rateable Value in 1903: £16.10s.0d.

Owner in 1903: Stroud Brewery

Type of licence in 1903: Beerhouse

Closing time in 1903: 11pm

Landlords at the Ship Inn include:

1891 George Grimes

1903 Alexander Scott

1927,1939 Albert William Love

1985 Bob Clayton

1997 Debbie Townsend

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