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Three Cups

This popular coaching inn was to be found on the west side of Church Street, the third house to the south of the corner with Long Street.  The building was substantial with three gables.

It was a prominent coaching inn serving routes to Bristol and Oxford.  Court leet dinners were held here.



1654

an indenture dated 30 July between Francis, John and Jane Savage, Thomas Allexander, feltmaker for the sum of £30 for a messuage or tenement known by the name of the 'signe of the Three Cupps'; term of 99 years and an annual rent of £4.

D587 Box 9 Gloucestershire Archives

1722

Boman Holliday bequeathed the inn to his widow, Elizabeth. The tenant was John Paglar.

PCC will

1785

Oxford and Bristol Post Coaches calling at Three Cups, Tetbury.  A trip leaving Oxford at 6am would reach Brisol the same evening, and inside passengers would be charged 14 shillings.

Newspaper

1794

parish rates ‘Mr Lemon for the three cups’

P328/1 parish records

1795

The ‘ordinary’ would be served during the two days of the Tetbury races, on one for the ladies and the following for the Gents attending.  The ordinary was a complete meal for a fixed price [as defined by online dictionary]

Newspaper

1795

Mr Lemon was described as being of the Three Cups in connection with the New Friendly Society.

Newspaper

1796

Mr Richard Lemon formerly of the three Cups removed to an inn in Old Sodbury.

Newspaper

1796

Cox and Co ran a coach from Gloucester to Bristol calling at the Three Cups.  Inside fare from Gloucester to Tetbury was 6s and inside 3s.

Newspaper

1798

to be let – the coach office and stables at the Three Cups Inn, Tetbury. A steady sober ostler that can write wanting such a situation  is desired to apply immediately to Mr Franklin at the said house.

Newspaper

1802

poor rates owners Warn & W Beale 3 Cupps occupier Mr Hawdy? value of estate £5 5s

P328/1 parish records

1804

a reward was offered to anyone who returned a truss of cloth to Mr Howell of the Three Cups, which was to go to Mr Walker of Tetbury.

Newspaper

1805

an inquest on the body of Richard Pinckney who fell downstairs when going to bed at the Three Cups which ‘occassioned concusion of the brain and he died instantly’, verdict being accidental death.

Newspaper

1807

London coaches leaving the Three Cups at 12 o’clock daily cost £1 3s for inside seats and 13s for outside.

Newspaper

1809

On 3rd May ‘Mr Howell of the Three Cups married Miss Vizer’ announced

Newspaper

1814

Mr Shipway


1816

January – Mr Shipway of the Three Cups died

Newspaper

1816

The will of James Shipway, proved at the Prerogative Court of Canterbury 11 May 1816 (written 8 Dec 1815), has this bequest:

"Also I give & devise unto my Nephew the said John son of my late Brother Edward Shipway deceased All that my freehold Messuage Tenement or Inn called or known by the name of the three Cups Inn situate in Tetbury aforesaid with the appurtenances now in my own possession To hold the said Messuage Tenement or Inn with the appurtenances to my said Nephew John Shipway son of my late Brother Edward Shipway deceased his heirs and assigns for ever"

PCC will

1816

‘To Innkeepers and others to be let or sold and to be entered on immediately -  that old established inn well known by the name of the Three Cupps situate in the middle of the Market Place of that town.  The stock, household goods etc may be taken at a fair valuation. For a view apply to Mr Shipway on the premises and for further particulars Mr E Lloyd, hatter, Tetbury’

Newspaper: Gloucester Journal - Monday 15 April 1816

1817

John Shipway & John Hayward held it for a peppercorn rent.


1820

Richard Tipping


1822

Richard Tipping.  Carriers are advertised as leaving the inn as follows: William  Budds wagons on Mon, Weds Fri going to London; Tues, Thurs, Sat to Bath; J Applegates  caravan Weds 6am to Gloucester; Friday 8am to Trowbridge.  Coaches to Bristol by Royal Mail depart daily at 12 and to Oxford 3pm daily.

Newspaper

1830

Edmund Peacey – landlord died week ending 20th March

Newspaper

1838

Henry Moore tenant George Playne Esq owner gross estimated rental £26

Valuation Survey

1839

Henry Moore innkeeper, he and wife Mary Ann nee Giles have 3 infant children buried in Westonbirt, then Mary herself died.  Henry married Jane Watts in Hawkesbury the same year.  By 1845 they were in Oldbury on the Hill.


1843

An advert for the sale of the Three Cups on 11th October: ‘All that well accustomed inn and posting house called the Three Cups inn situate near the cross in Tetbury together with extensive stabling, coach houses and outbuildings thereto belonging

The above premises situate in the most desirable part of Tetbury are fitted up with every convenience and well supplied with water.’  

Auctioneer was Mr J.C.Tabram from Nailsworth.  He mentions the Three Cups as a venue for collecting the catalogues of his auctions well into the 1840s showing a long working relationship.

Newspaper: Gloucester Journal 30 September 1843

1847

‘Mrs Perry landlady of the Three Cups was found dead in her bed on the morning of Tuesday se’nnight.  She had retired to bed the previous evening apparently in good health’

Newspaper: Gloucestershire Chronicle - Saturday 15 May 1847

1847

Mr Lord, Landlord of Three Cups


1849

John Lord

Trade directory

1850

John Lord

Trade directory

1851

John Lord, innkeeper with ostler Tetbury man Thomas Harding

1851 census

1852

John Lloyd


By mid 1850s it became an ironmonger when purchased by Wm. Sealey who converted it with the forge to the rear. It was later sold to Witchells. When the building was demolished in 1973 as unsafe, the interior was found to be much as it had been 150 years before. The photograph below shows the shop terrace that replaced the inn in the 1970s reflecting the old building lines.