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The Old Stag

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The Stag Public House, On the corner of Bishop Street (to the right) and Lamb Street (on the left).
Photo © Keith Williams and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

NAME 1882 to 1881 OLD STAG
ALTERNATIVE NAMES In 1835 BEERHOUSE and later in 1886 STAG
ADDRESS 20 BISHOP STREET
ALTERNATIVE ADDRESSES 26 BISHOP STREET

The stag is a male red deer in its prime, i.e. in its fifth year. Most of the signs refer to hunts, stag hunting having been a favourite royal sport in the past. Occasionally it is a heraldic reference. In 1835 see the BEERHOUSE, Bishop Street. Until 1881 it was refered to as just the 'Stag'.

In 1982 it was 'instantly recognisable as a Mitchells and Butlers lounge bar created out of what was once a three- roomed pub..........there's an impressive dark wood surround and some genuine mirrors advertising Bass No1 Barley Wine and Atkinsons'.

In 2010 The Stag was sold by Punch Taverns to the next door funeral directors, A. Pargetter & Son. It was to reopen as a free house under new licensees, Clive Hunt and Paul Barrow.

Known Licensees are;
1822 - 1823 John Townsend
1828 - 1829 Joseph Hill
1841 - 1845 Thomas Barnes
1850 - 1851 James Nelson
1861 William Hill
1868 - 1874 James Hopkins
1879 William J. Walker
1881 Joseph or Joshua Jackson
1886 William Hopkins
1890 - 1893 M. A. Hopkins
1894 - 1896 H. Barnett
1903 - 1905 James Stringer
1909 W. Barnett
1911 - 1932 Johnathan Hewitt
1933 - 1934 A. Maiden
1935 - 1936 A. J. Denny
1937 - 1938 W. F. Ryder
1939 - 1940 Frank James
1982 - 1983 Larry Wynne
1993 Jim Holton
2010 Clive Hunt & Paul Barrow
Owners
to 2010 Punch Taverns
2010 - A Pargetter & Sons
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Dict PN The stag is a male deer, in its prime, i.e. its fifth year. Most of the signs refer to hunts, stag hunting having been a favourite royal sport in times past. Occassionally there is a heraldic reference, or a particular incidence is commemorated.

28.8.1878 LJ Vol 1 P 2 STAG, Bishop Street Alehouse
Owner : Edward Merrick, Nambic House, Cheltenham
lessees Atkinsons Ltd
Licensee : James Andrews
3.6.1879 TOL to William James Walker
14.8.1880 TOL to Joseph Jackson
3.4.1881 TOL to Martha Ann Hopkins
21.6.1893 TOL to Henry Barnett This must be the OLD STAG

to 1886 See STAG

1887 COC P56 Cov Times Inn signs

1979 WRAG2 Pleasant and unpretentious pub. Grand old bar and collection of Bass mirrors and Atkinson clock.

1982 WRAG3 Pleasant unpretentious city centre pub. Beer good.

1982 Pubscrawl 20 Instantly recognisable as a Mitchells & Butler lounge bar created out of what was once a three-roomed pub.

But apart from the regulation mock beams, padded upholstry and springy fitted carpet, there's an impressive dark wood surround and some genuine mirrors advertising the virtues of Bass No 1 barley wine and Worthington Ales. Also a real stag's head, and an old Atkinsons clock.

28.8.2010 News 2/39 The Stag to re-open as a free house. New joint licensees Clive Hunt and Paul Burrows. Sold by Punch Taverns to funeral directors A. Pargetter and Son.

LICENSEES

1886 C&B William Hopkins Old Stag
1890/91 R&G M. A. Hopkins

1893 Reporter M. A. Hopkins
21.6.1893 LJ Vol 1 P 2 Henry Barnett

1894 R&G H. Barnett

1896 R&G H. Barnett

1903 R&G James Stringer

1905 R&G James Stringer

1909 R&G W. Barnett

1911/12 Spennell Johnathan Hewitt

1912/13 Spennell Johnathan Hewitt

1919 Spennell Johnathan Hewitt

1921/22 Spennell Johnathan Hewitt

1924 P. James Johnathan Hewitt

1926/27 P. James Johnathan Hewitt

1929 P. James Johnathan Hewitt

1931/32 P. James Johnathan Hewitt

1933/34 P. James A. Maiden

1935/36 P. James A. J. Denny

1937/38 P. James W. F. Ryder

1939/40 P. James Frank James

1953 LTSD

1982 Pubscrawl 20 Larry Wynne

1983 News 90 Larry Wynne ( dies )

1993 News 2/59 Jim Holton

2010 News 2/59 Clive Hunt & Paul Barrow

OWNERS

1878 LJ Vol 1 P 2 Edward Merrick, Nambic House, Cheltenham
1898 LJ Vol 1 P 2 Edward Merrick, Nambic House, Cheltenham
lessees Atkinsons Ltd
2010 News 2/59 Punch Taverns

2010 News 2/59 A. Pargetter & Sons

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