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White Hart

At sometimes known as The Snooty Fox

1594

Has occupied the site since at least this date. Robert Hibert was the freeholder until at least 1632. In 1603 a John Dryver is listed as tenant.

[1594, 1603 and 1632 survey of the lands of Tetbury]

1775

Nightly balls were held after the Tetbury Races, in the White Hart Assembly rooms

Newspapers

1780

Mr Ledgingham paid £4.0.0 land tax  ' for ye white hart inn'

Land Tax


Ledgingham of the White Hart was one of four performing a journey between Gloucester and Bath.

Newspapers

1784

Mr James Savage removed from the White Lion to the White Hart which he had furnished in ‘a stile of elegant neatness and has procured good beds’

Newspapers

1791

January – advert for the sale of the lease of the ‘long established house, being the principal inn in the town to be disposed of by private contract the present possessor retiring from business’ – apply to Mrs Jane Savage, widow on the premises

Newspapers


the principal inn in Tetbury, with Thomas Morgan as landlord.


1794

the parish rates valued the White Hart at £26 4s and Mr Spering paid £2 12s 4.5d

Poor Rates P328

1814

Edward Edwards was occupier, bankruptcy hearing to take place there

Newspapers

1816

Edward Edwards was convicted for not having sent a Stamp Office ticket with a pair of horses hired from his premises

Newspapers

1820

Edward Edwards was in charge and advertising chaises to hire.

Newspapers

1822

Coaches depart from the inn to Bath (Mon Weds Fri at 3.00pm) & Oxford (Tues Thursday Sat at 12noon) Edward Edwards

Edward Edwards had a mortgage of £250 on property in 1822

Newspapers

1823

Richard Constable left the White Hart to wife Sarah in his will, and on her death to their son Richard Bishop Constable.

PCC Wills

1830

Edward Edwards Royal Mail Coaches from Cheltenham to Bath leave daily at 9am; Bath to Cheltenham 5pm

Newspapers

1838

Valuation Survey [for tithe commutation] owner R.B.Constable and occupier as Edward Edwards. Annual Value was £60

Tithe Valuation Survey P328

1839

rates list owner as R.B. Constable, occupier as Edward Edwards

Poor Rates P328

1839

Richard Keylock, a 15 year old employee was sentenced to six months hard labour in the penitentiary for failing to admit to finding Mrs Edwards purse in the yard where she had dropped it.  On spending more than would have been expected his box was searched and the purse found.

Newspapers - Gloucestershire Chronicle Saturday 09 March 1839


1844

Edward Edwards

Trade directory

1849-1852

R.S. Holford had the Inn rebuilt to a design by Lewis Vulliamy, in a 'Jacobean style, with shaped gables with finials, and a ground-floor iron veranda.'  A ballroom for the Beaufort Hunt was on the first floor, which later became divided by partitions.


1852

Advert announcing reopening on 4th October following the refurbishment under the management of John Barrow.  Stabling, coach house, loose boxes well adapted for commercial gentlemen and sportsmen.

Newspapers - Bristol Mercury 16/10/1852

1856

White Hart Commercial Inn and Posting House, Market Place  - Richard Bannister also Excise Officer

Trade directory

1859

White Hart Commercial Hotel run by Richard Bannister [b1817-65]

Trade directory

1860

Richard Bannister occupier, Holford owner

Poor Rates P328

1861

Richard is listed with wife Elizabeth [1824-]

and also:

David Paish servant 18 boots b Cirencester, GLS

Sarah - bins servant 21 waitress Brokenborough, WIL

Mary Russel servant 16 kitchenmaid Shipton Moyne, GLS

Margaret Vick servant 14 nursemaid Tetbury, GLS

Census 1861

1863

Richard Bannister

Trade directory

1868-1879

Elizabeth Bannister

Trade directory

1870

E.Bannister was a member of the Licensed Victuallers Tea Association, a group formed in 1867 it seems from the tone of it’s advert, to compete with Grocers who were selling wines in direct competition with landlords.  A tit for tat sort of affair I think.

Newspapers

1874

John Dickenson was a groom working at the White Hart

Newspapers

1876

Inland Revenue Office ran from White Hart, Wm Alfred Butter as officer

Trade directory

1882

Richard Edwards proprietor

Trade directory

1884

afternoon teas for parties and outings

Newspapers

1884

Mrs Edwards advertising for a kitchenmaid ‘at once for a Country Hotel’

Newspapers

1885

Assembly Rooms, White Hart R Edwards proprietor

Trade directory

1889

White Hart Family & Commercial Hotel & Posting House, Richard Edwards Market Place

Trade directory

1889

‘Mr Gilbert Farquhar stage managed an amateur performance of The Dowager at The White Hart  on 16th inst.  Lady Edward Somerset played Margaret Beauchamp and there was a very aristocratic audience.  Betsy Baker was the afterpiece.‘  

Newspapers - The Era Saturday 26 January 1889


1891

In the Licensing Acts of 1891 it was occupied by Richard Edwards on an annual tenancy with an estimated rent of £60, and rateable value of £48, owned by R.S.Holford; 7 day alehouse license; freehouse.

Licensing Acts printed volumes

1893

Richard Edwards

Trade directory

1897

Richard Edwards, the proprietor was advertising the Assembly Rooms.

Newspapers

1903

By 1903 it was owned and occupied by Thomas Wheeler; 7 day alehouse license, £78 estimated rental and rateable value of £62 7s 6d.  Freehouse closing at 11.00pm.  It had transferred hands twice in the last 5 years.

Licensing Acts printed volumes

1906

Beaufort Hunt Ball held in January

Newspapers

1910

T.Wheeler

Trade directory

1914

Thomas Wheeler was running the Assembly Rooms and White Hart Hotel.

Trade directory

1916

Thomas Wheeler

Trade directory

1918

advert appeared for farmers wishing to sell horses could attend The White Hart on 20 February at 11 where the Board Purchasing Officer would be in attendance.  As licenses were issued for those not bought I can only assume without further detail that this was so they could be sent to the front line for what would be the last few months of the war.

Newspapers - Gloucester Journal Saturday 16 February 1918

1921

The first cinema in Tetbury was set up in the White Hart by Mr Shaw Phillips


1924

Thomas Edward Rennie proprietor prosecuted for selling alcohol out of hours and holding card parties

Newspapers

1930

Part of stables to the rear of the White Hart was converted to a cinema.


1935

G.Adams proprietor

Tetbury Almanac

1945

Mrs Hermione Beatrice Lomas Radmilovic licensee

Newspapers

1948

parties of 80 catered for afternoon tea

Newspapers

1950

advert for staff with interviews at either Bristol or Gloucester, applications to C.Thomas

Newspapers 3/5/1950 Western Daily Press

1960

It became known as The Snooty Fox when purchased by Maxwell Joseph


1970s

Sold and became known as White Hart again.


post 2000

In recent years the name has changed again to The Snooty Fox.


White Hart pictured in the 1930s as it was when proprietor was George Adams. The advert is from the 1935 almanac.

An earlier trade directory advert from 1893