Alstone Road was probably an alternative name for Alstone Lane which, on an 1830 map, is seen to be a more or less continuous lane or track from the town centre, through Alstone hamlet, to Tanners Lane in Arle. An 1872 reference describes Alstone Road as running parallel with the Gloucester Road. This would tend to suggest that the location of the Why Not Inn was to the east of Alstone Road/Lane rather than to the west where the Gloucester Road is roughly on a north-south orientation. The Rowanfield reference seems to confirm this. It is possible that the Why Not Inn was located somewhere near the present-day Umbrella Inn in Orchard Way. There is no reference to the pub in the 1891 licensing records.


1870 George Williams

1872 J. Stephens

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