It seems probable that the Stroud Brewery took ownership of the Waggon and Horses when George Playne & Sons brewing business of the Forwood Brewery, Minchinhampton, was acquired together with their tied estate in 1897.

The Stroud Brewery invested considerable capital into the external refurbishment of the Waggon and Horses constructing a new façade and painting over the brickwork.  The building still retains the early trademark of the company – intertwined letters SBC – in decorative plasterwork above the surviving ‘Tap Room’ and ‘Smoke Room’ etched windows.

In May 2005 the pub sign itself was replaced. The landlady at the time was a motor cycling enthusiast and the Ducati Monster owners club met in the Waggon and Horses on alternative Wednesdays. Karen Lane commissioned Bristol artist Graeme Robbins to paint a sign that reflected both the heritage of the pub whilst making a reference to their biking passions.

The ‘A-Board’ reads ‘Award winning ale from Stroud Brewery – Free Pool’

The Waggon and Horses revived its allegiance to the Stroud Brewery in 2006. Just a few weeks after establishing his new Stroud Brewery in the Phoenix Works almost opposite the pub, Greg Pilley won CAMRA Gloucestershire Beer of the Year for his excellent Budding Ale. The Waggon and Horses was keen to support Greg and, for a while, the pub was the unofficial tap house of the Stroud Brewery.

In February 2009 an application was submitted for change of use to three dwellings, partial demolition and the construction of six new dwellings on the site.

In April 2009 there was no decision on the future of the closed and boarded up Waggon & Horses. At that time I expressed my concern that any development should be sympathetic with the heritage and architecture of the pub and any scheme should retain the fine etched windows, the Stroud Brewery Company plasterwork and the surviving West Country Ales ceramic plaque.

Looking at the latest Google Maps it would appear that the pub is still vacant and no development of the site has taken place.

This page will be updated with additional information.

Map Reference: SO 864003

Licensing Details:

Owner in 1891: E. Playne (probably connected with the Forwood Brewery, Minchinhampton)

Rateable value in 1891: £15.0s.0d

Type of licence in 1891: Alehouse

Owner in 1903: Stroud Brewery

Rateable value in 1903: £17.0s.0d.

Landlords at the Waggon & Horses include:

1906,1927 John Cousins

1930s? Jack Cousins (Jack succeeded John Cousins. He also owned an iron foundry in Brimscombe)

1939 Ernest Baynham

2005 Karen Lane

 of licence in 1903: Alehouse

Closing time in 1903: 10pm

Brewery Heritage: Stroud Brewery Co. Plasterwork, West Country Ales Plaque, Etched Windows

Landlords at the Waggon and Horses include:

1885,1891 John Glastonbury

1902 Henry Hatton

1903 Frank Will

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