The Vine Tree Inn was a small, stone floored pub which had its own skittle alley. The pub got its name from a large vine tree that once grew on a side wall.
The 17th century building is now a private residence – Vine Tree Cottage – and is located at the western end of Mill Street near the crossroads. The property was once known as Cintra House. There have been substantial alterations and additions to the building in recent years and there is no visible evidence of it ever being a licensed premises.
Charles Archer, younger brother of the famous jockey Fred Archer, was born at the Vine Tree Inn on 22nd December 1858.
The 1911 census shows that Frank (AKA Friecke or Friske) Thorn was landlord at the Vine Tree with his wife Rose (nee Hawker) who married in Leckhampton on 30th December 1894. Frank was born in Cheltenham in 1870 and had a twin brother named Hickford Thorn! Frank and his wife Rose both died in 1947 in Cheltenham.
Owner in 1891: Cheltenham Original Brewery
Rateable value in 1891: £15.10s.0d.
Type of licence in 1891: Beerhouse
Owner in 1903: Cheltenham Original Brewery
Rateable value in 1903: £15.10s.0d.
Type of licence in 1903: Beerhouse
Closing time in 1903: 10pm
Landlords at the Vine Inn include:
1891 William Pittman
1902,1906 George Henry Miles
1911,1939 Frank (or Friecke) and Rose Thorn
? Matty Hall