The Cross House Tavern Tewkesbury
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Cross House, Church Street
Tewkesbury, GL20 5AB
The Cross House Tavern's heritage is being restored with a great deal of dedication from a few towns people and the hardest working of all (a legend), the Landlord.
It is again becoming a Victorian style Real Local Ales, Ciders and Perrys Free House (all sourced within 20 miles), with beer from tapped barrels (kegs) much as it was when known as the Tolsey Inn and Coach House in the early 20th centrury.
The picture left shows the side of the Tavern around 1800, the woman wearing a white apron is in the current Tavern rear entrance doorway (pictured below).
The Tavern should open some time in March 2019.
The following photographs show some of the completed work and along side how it was before, illustrating the restoration challenges faced including having Victorian tiles remade as they were originaly in Stoke on Trent.
A chance discovery also adding substance to Tewkesbury's legendary tunnels.
The following image shows the Main Bar nearing completion, wall tiles largely restored, oak bar being finished.
The side entrance below in Tolsey Lane (see old picture circa 1800 above)...
For many decades, more and more layers of plaster and wall coverings were added including a false ceiling which covered up much of the Tudor and Victorian heritage, in some parts expensive damage had been done. In the following image (left) the false walls and ceiling can be seen in a recent shop and on the right the coverings striped out revealing damaged Victorian tiles and Tudor oak beams.
Part of an old 'tunnel arch' can be seen under the window above, this led under the High Street. The following photos show the Tudor beams appearing, false wall being removed and an example of damage to the Victorian tiles.
In the cellar below the main part of the room 2 photos above (Main Bar), there are ancient flag stones, the existence of the 'tunnel' long being hidden by the old brick wall. It's possible a concealed entrance existed, loose rubble now fills the void in the floor under the window, their may have been a trap door and steps, now long gone. See following photos.
Car Parking is available on street (1 hour) and a short walk away, please look for car park signs near The Cross House Tavern or click the button above to view the Location Map.