The old Painswick Inn stands at the bottom of the street near to the junction with Slad Road. 1&2 Gloucester Street in 1927 directory. 

The wide variety in rateable values between 1891 and 1903 can be explained by the fact that Stroud Brewery completely rebuilt the pub in 1896. The date is on the building. Architecturally the building is a gem. The wording ‘Ye old Painswick Inn’ is prominent in raised stone and the exterior of the Cotswold stone pub is embellished with intricate stone carvings including decorative hop and grape vines.

The Old Painswick Inn closed in 1981 and for the next two years it was neglected and at one time occupied by squatters. It reopened in November 1983 after thousands of pounds were spent on a refit. Whitbreads were still the owners.

Citizen: Wednesday December 22nd, 1984 – Landlord Mark Ratcliffe (30) groped his way through choking smoke to tackle a blaze singlehandedly on Sunday. The fire, in a first-floor office storeroom at the Painswick Inn, Stroud, caused damage estimated at more than £1,000.

Courtesy Paul Best / P Heimstra

It was listed in the local CAMRA 1990 publication ‘Pubs in Gloucestershire’ selling Whitbread West Country Pale Ale and Flowers Original.

It is now home to the Painswick Inn project which offers accommodation, training and community facilities for young homeless people.

Image Courtesy Dave Kirby

Licensing Details:

Owner in 1891: Stroud Brewery

Rateable value in 1891: £25.10s.0d.

Type of licence in 1891: Alehouse

Owner in 1903: Stroud Brewery

Rateable value in 1903: £68.0s.0d.

Type of licence in 1903: Alehouse

Closing time in 1903: 11pm


1885 Andrew Moody

1891 Albert Henry Marchant (Painswick House)

1903,1906  Mrs Elizabeth Bennett

1919 Arthur Frederick Bennett

1927 Francis James Cudmore

1945-1952 John William Hillier (died 1952)

1955-1975 Betty and Dickie Dyke

1983 Mark and Kay Ratcliffe

1988 Mike and Carol O’Brien

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