40 Castle Street in 1919 directory. It was rebuilt in 1913. The pub has the letters ‘C’ and ‘B’ engraved in the stone between the central upper floor windows. As far as I know this is the only visible reminder of the Cirencester Brewery that still exists on pubs. 

Courtesy Michael Wilkes
Landlord Dave Watson in 1993. Is the sign ‘The Three Compasses’ in stone carved lettering?
C & B presumably refer to the Cirencester Brewery, although equally relevant to later owners – Courage Brewery.


After many years of trading as the Three Compasses the pub was renamed ‘Somewhere Else’ in 1998. (as immortalised in the well known saying of drinkers everywhere.. “shall we finish this drink and go somewhere else”! The concept is “a chance to soak up a slice of sunny Spain in Cirencester!”


Licensing Details:

Owner in 1891:  Cirencester Brewery

Rateable Value in 1891: £24.0s.0d.

Type of license in 1891: Alehouse

Owner in 1903: Cirencester Brewery

Rateable Value in 1903: £24.0s.0d.

Type of license in 1903: Alehouse

Closing time in 1903: 11pm

Landlords at the Three Horseshoes / Somewhere Else include:

1820 Thomas Forder

1830,1840 William Gunnell

1856 W. Bridges

1871 Robert Bridges

1885,1891  Harry Wheeler

1902,1910 Robert Pringle

1913 W. Wood

1919,1927 George Reginald Lait

1939 Captain William Charles Watson M.B.E.

1959 John Bennett

1993 Dave Watson

2005 Phillipa Sawyer (Somewhere Else)

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