John Rogers contacted me in January 2008 and told me that the Swan was one of the Stroud Valley’s most noted cider houses: “The locals used to tale tells about the time when American GI’s drank the Swan’s cider during the Second World War. The illegitimacy rate in Minchinhampton was apparently down during that period as the GI’s were too incapable to do anything else! There were other tales of an American soldier freezing to death on the Common in the depths of winter after consuming one or two pints of cider too many.”

The Cotswold stone pub closed in the early 1980’s. Two interesting etched windows remain in situ at the old pub. One window has the words ‘Wine & Spirits’  but the other is possible unique in Gloucestershire as it still advertises ‘Cheltenham & Hereford Ales.’ It is included on the ‘Inns of the Cotswolds Map’ published by John Bartholomew & Sons in the mid 1970’s and compiled by K.C. Jordan.  The 4th edition of CAMRA ‘Real Ale in Gloucestershire’ published in July 1978 described the Swan as a ‘small village local in main street.’ Whitbread PA was available on hand pump.

Licensing Details:

Map Reference: SO 872007

Owner in 1891: William Vines (free from brewery tie)

Rateable value in 1891: £8.0s.0d.

Type of licence in 1891: Alehouse

Owner in 1903: William Vines (free from brewery tie)

Rateable value in 1903: £8.0s.0d.

Type of licence in 1903: Full

Closing time in 1903: 10pm

Landlords at the Swan Inn include:

1671 Daniel Gillmore

1842 Ann White

1856,1863  James  Sutton

1874, 1906 William Vines

1919,1927 Albert E. Kirby

1939 William T. Harford

Late 1960’s – Frank Taylor

1975-1984 Raymond & Alma Ward (previously at the Trumpet. Raymond died in December 1984, aged 59)

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