The Spread Eagle beer house at 39 Queen Street has been identified by fellow pub historian Martin Edwards in a list he has compiled of Cheltenham pubs in 1844 in the early reign of Queen Victoria… that’s a long time ago.
The Queen Street of today, off Swindon Road and leading towards Tewkesbury Road, is a residential area of mid 20th-century council built housing stock – that bears absolutely no resemblance to the original layout of Queen Street.
A pub called the Swindon Inn stood on the corner of Swindon Road and Queen Street, of which there is a reference to in 1870. It seems that the licence of the Swindon Inn was relinquished and transferred to the Railway Inn (later to become Best Mate) in Swindon Road.
But was the licence of the Spread Eagle relinquished in favour of the Swindon Inn?
1844: J. Edmunds