The Talbot was probably named after Admiral Talbot who owned the land on which the pub was built. Admiral Talbot was a former occupant of Watermoor House.
The Talbot is one of four existing Arkells pubs in Cirencester that have been associated with the Kingsdown Brewery for over a century and a half. (The Talbot was acquired by Arkells in 1877).
I wonder whether or not the actual recipe for the Arkell’s beer has remained unchanged in the past one hundred years or so. Would Charlie Williams, landlord in the 1890’s, be familiar with the taste of todays Arkells 3B? If he did I doubt that he would recognise the interior of the Talbot which has undergone continual refurbishments over the years. The pub, however, does retain a public bar.
Owner in 1891: Arkell & Son, Kingsdown Brewery, Swindon
Rateable Value in 1891: £24.0s.0d.
Type of license in 1891: Alehouse
Owner in 1903: Arkell & Son, Kingsdown Brewery, Swindon
Rateable Value in 1903: £24.0s.0d.
Type of license in 1903: Alehouse
Closing time in 1903:
Landlords at the Talbot Inn include:
1871 Daniel Blackford (Talbot Inn, New Road)
1885,1891 Charles James Williams
1902,1903 Edwin Stones
1906 Arthur Gardner
1919,1927 Charles Ferrett
1939 Edwin Geo. Medcraft
1998 David Hollis