The Unicorn ws a 17th century coaching inn on the north-eastern corner of Sheep Street with the main A429 Fosse Way.

Gloucester Journal Saturday March 5th 1870. Accident. On Monday 20th February a young man named Charles Hunt was shaking carpets in the Unicorn bowling alley, where a party were playing quoits. On stooping to pick up a carpet he was struck on the head by a quoit which fractured his skull and exposed a portion of the brain. He was attended by Mr A. Drew and is now recovering.

Hunt Edmunds, the Banbury brewers, once owned the Unicorn.

Courtesy Michael Wilkes

The hotel was bought from the Trust House Group by Cotswold Inns and Hotels in October 1997.

The Unicorn has closed.

Licensing Details:

Owner in 1891: Hunt Edmunds, Banbury

Rateable value in 1891: £37.5s.0d.

Type of licence in 1891: Alehouse

Owner in 1903: Hunt Edmunds, Banbury

Rateable value in 1903: £32.0s.0d.

Type of licence in 1903: Alehouse

Closing time in 1903: 11pm

Landlords / Proprietors at the Unicorn Hotel include:

1791 John Clifford (freeholder)

1856 Mrs M.A. Appletree

1885 Bristow Hixon

1891 Arthur G. Jacquest

1902, 1927 Charles Waldock Brooks

1939 Jn. Shirley Lea

1998 Bobbie De Courcey (manager)

2007 Brian Shepherd

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