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EIGHT BELLS

Situated on Church Street, The Eight Bells had an unusual frontage with its timber framed gables jettied out over the pavement. The entrance was set back beneath the upper floors. A landlord fell to his death by falling down a well at the pub in the 1890's. The Eight Bells closed in the 1970's. The property is now home to a picture framing company - Eight Bells Gallery.


1740

Eight Bells was open by this date

1754

Rates listed Jannat Graham the owner, but gave the address as Long Street - was this the family address, but the inn was in occupation by another?  Will of her father mentions leaving her a property in occupation of Edward Browne 1731.  Another John died in 1713 intestate but he was an innholder and all children under age of 21 so requiring a guardian.

1794

parish rates list Mr Carisbrook as paying rates for Eight Bells

1801

adverts appeared in the Gloucester Journal for the sale of the premises with Mr Henry Buckingham as tenant from year to year

1802

parish rates list Mrs Carisbrook proprietor of 'H 8 Bells'* and occupier H Buckingham [*house Eight Bells]

1822-1830

Ann Buckingham

1838

Valuation survey - owned John Cook, occupied by Edmund Sealy

1839

rates - owned by John Cook, occupied by Edmund Sealy

1840

Mr Edmund Sealy

1844

Edmund Sealy

1849-1876

Ann Cox

1860

rates - owned by Messrs Cook and occupied by Ann Cox [who  owned cottages on Harper Street]

1881-1882

Raymond Smith [died 1888 aged 31]

1885

Henry Cuss [1833-87]

1887

Henry Cuss; died intestate

1888-1891

Licensing Act: Jonathon Pratt from Northamptonshire was the tenant, and Messrs Cook the owner of the tied alehouse.

1893-1914

Robert Palmer, also a shoemaker from Wiltshire

1902

Robert Palmer’s son Louis died in S Africa at Kroostad

1903

Licensing Act: Robert Palmer was the tenant, and Messrs Cook the owner of the tied alehouse.  The closing time was 11pm

1904

Mr Palmer was one of the caterers at the Tetbury show and of the 265 glasses he took down to the show ground he returned with only 49.

1905

Mr Palmer was granted occasional license to sell at Tetbury Flower Show

1912

Mrs Palmer died suddenly whilst getting ready to go to an entertainment at the White Hart

1918

Robert Palmer died at the Eight Bells, intestate, son Ernest William Palmer granted admon of his estate.

1924

W.C.Goulding landlord summonsed for being drunk on his premises

1935

1 May – licensee Mr James Joseph Long died suddenly

1941

Mrs Rose Strong of The Eight Bells deceived into buying food from a soldier, food which had been stolen from a supply depot.