Situated between Hewlett Road and Priory Street the Wiltshire Brewery once brewed its own beer (Leacey). Why it should have connections with Wiltshire is a mystery; perhaps the previous owner to Leacey was named Wiltshire. An early photograph (date unrecorded) shows an elaborate advertisement for ‘Stroud Brewery Co’s Celebrated Ales & Stout’ painted between the two front windows by a very talented signwriter. It is now the headquarters of the R.A.O.B. Apart from replacement double glazing the building has not been structurally altered, even the old metal railings have survived at the front of the old pub.
Mary Hayden Leacey was the owner of the Wiltshire Brewery as listed in the 1891 licensing and rates book. It was licensed as a beer house, free of brewery tie, and had an annual rateable value of £17.0s.0d. Twelve years later the Wiltshire Brewery had been sold to the Stroud Brewery and the rates per annum had increased significantly by twelve pounds and ten shillings to £29.10s.0d.
Landlords at the Wiltshire Brewery Inn include:
1844 P.Leacey (Wiltshire Brewery, Sydney Place)
1863 P. Leacey (Brewery, Hewlett Place)
1870,1883 J.P. Leacey – listed as a brewer in 1883
1891 Mary Jane Hayden Leacey
1903 William John White
1939 Edwin Percival Young