Gloucestershire Chronicle. April 23rd 1870. – City Petty Sessions. Husband and Wife – John Griffin of Quay Lane, labourer, had been apprehended under a warrant for the assault of his wife on the 11th of March. The wife now said that at five o’clock on Monday afternoon she met her husband near the Infirmary, and they both went into the Talbot Inn and had a pint of beer together. While there the husband met a friend of his, and accepted his invitation to drink out of a quart of ale in which brandy had been put. She then described a quarrel that arose, and her husband struck her and pulled her hair. She admitted having a little drink before she met him; but she denied having been to the Barley Mow, or that she and another were at all the worse for liquor. She also said that he had threatened to put a knife to her throat on the Sunday morning while at breakfast. Griffin had been previously summonsed for his violent conduct towards her, and the magistrates now ordered him to be bound over in his own recognizance of twenty pounds., and to find surety in ten pounds to keep the peace for three months.
Gloucester Journal: September 19th, 1874: For stealing some blankets and sheets which she later pawned, from the Talbot Inn, Elizabeth Organ, a charwoman there, was sent for two months hard labour.
The landlord in 1902, John Pilminster, was fined £5 (with costs) on 10th May of that year for ‘having his house open after closing time.’
The 1919 Kellys Directory gives the address of the Talbot Inn as 117 Southgate Street. Upon renumbering the inn became 67 Southgate Street. The Talbot , opposite Kimbrose, is a tall brick built building with a triangular shaped roof.
In the early 1970’s the inn had a reputation as being a ‘cider pub’. The Talbot Inn has been closed for several decades. When Severn Sound was established as the first local radio station in Gloucestershire in the 1978 it took over the premises of the old pub. Severn Sound Radio vacated the building in 1998 and the building was left empty for several years. To the left of the building was a door with etched windows, which read ‘saloon bar’ and ‘bottle & jug’. It seems that these windows were lost in a subsequent development to convert the old hotel into 19 apartments in 2004. However, the frontage of the building has been mostly left unaltered. An old panel was exposed to the right of the building just before conversion that read in faded paint: ‘Talbot Hotel. West Country Ales’.
Landlords at the Talbot Inn include:
1830 John Chesterton (also listed as being a maltster)
1856 C. Cook
1859 James Isaac
1879 Martha Ansley
1885 Charles Fright
1893 Miss M.A. Reynolds
1902 John Hy. Pilminster
1906 William Brenton
1919 William T. Shellswell
1927,1939 Mrs Alice Shellswell