In the 1850’s the White Hart was brewing its own beer. There is a tale that some unfortunate soul died a gruesome death when he fell into a vat of boiling water at the brewhouse.

The White Hart changed its name to the Stagecoach Inn in 1947, the fact that was located on the main Gloucester – Bristol A38 road was the reason for the change of identity.

Graham Chapman with his wife Jennifer took over the running of the Stagecoach Inn in 1972 from his parents Ken and Edna May Chapman. It was during their time at the pub that it was purchased from Whitbread and turned into a free house. They also built up a reputation for food and, at one time, it was claimed that it was the only roadside inn serving meals between Gloucester and Bristol. The Chapman family sold the Stagecoach Inn in 1998.

Courtesy Mark Chapman

Photograph taken from the grounds of the Newport Towers Hotel which was directly opposite the Stagecoach Inn.

In July 2019 owners David and Lynn Heenan announced that they were selling the pub after 19 years behind the bar. It was sold for £535,000. The premises is now Chapel Hill Day Nursery

Map Reference: ST 699976

Licensing Details:

Owner in 1891: Lord Fitzhardinge (free from brewery tie)

Rateable value in 1891: £9.10s.0d.

Type of licence in 1891: Alehouse

Owner in 1903: Lord Fitzhardinge (leased Arnold Perrett & Co., Wickwar Brewery)

Rateable value in 1903: £20.0s.0d.

Type of licence in 1903: Alehouse

Closing time in 1903: 10pm

Landlords at the White Hart / Stagecoach Inn include:

1856 T. Andrew

1885,1891 James Barrell

1902,1903 Esau Meadows

1906 Denis Allen

1919,1927,1939 Frederick George Davis

1972 Ken and Edna May Chapman – retired in 1972 (Stagecoach Inn)

1972 Graham and Jennifer Chapman

1998 Austin Flannagan (manager) (Stagecoach Inn)

2001-2019 David and Lynn Heenan (Stagecoach Inn)

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