The Old Corner Cupboard is a truly old Cotswold stone building dating from at least 1550 when it was rebuilt. It is architecturally interesting with four large stone buttresses supporting the walls. In one room there is a massive fireplace and another bar boasts stone walls which were taken from the ruins of Winchcombe Abbey.
The booklet ‘Gloucestershire Inns’, published in 1924, gives the following information: At Winchcombe Ye Olde Corner Cupboard, where a head of Disraeli looks out over the entrance, and where a spring of water rises from the cellar floor, and where vaulted underground passages and much old quaint furniture enables the visitor to imagine himself to live in any almost any age, but the present.’
The Old Corner Cupboard is reputedly haunted. There are tales of mysterious footsteps upstairs and a postcard was once seen flying off the wall across the room.
Owner in 1891: William Grizzell (free from brewery tie)
Rateable value in 1891: £12.0s.0d.
Type of licence in 1891: Beerhouse
Owner in 1903: Cheltenham Original Brewery
Rateable value in 1903: £12.0s.0d.
Type of licence in 1903: Beerhouse
Closing time in 1903: 11pm
Landlords at Ye Olde Corner Cupboard include:
1891,1903 Willie Richardson
1992 (March) Roddie and Jo MacHugh
1994 Sue and Mike Nash
1997 Ian Thomas and Tony Goring
1998 David Ayre
1999 Alistair and Mari MacPherson