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Horse & Groom

Picture source: Helen Iwanczuk

The Horse & Groom was situated at 11 St Georges Place. This pub closed c1970.
Cheltenham Journal and Gloucestershire Fashionable Weekly Gazette. 07 April 1860

Article about the death of William Holtham, known in the town amongst the cattle dealing fraternity, as a good judge of horses. He was lodging in the Berkeley Arms, Albion Street. After drinking a lot he was found dead back at his lodgings by Mr Millett the landlord.Earlier in the evening Thomas Fowles went with Mr Saunders to the Horse and Groom, and saw the deceased with Mr Carter, Mr Dee and the landlord. There is a description of how he was taken ill and then Mr Tanner would not let Fowles leave him.  Fowles says he did not fall from the settle in the Horse and Groom, but he would have done if it had not been for him.The coroner of the case had blamed the witness James Tanner for removing him from the premises in a bad state. However the foreman of the jury thought he was not to be blamed.

Cheltenham Mercury 19 April 1862 & Cheltenham Chronicle 15 April 1862 & Gloucestershire Chronicle 19 April 1862
Article about the death of Davis, the proprietor of a roulette table, who was found dead on the rails of the GWR. James Tanner of the Horse and Groom had said that he came to his house (pub) the day before the races, with a partner. The jury found he had quarrelled with his partner and had too much to drink. The coroner found the death to be serious apoplexy and the jury that he died of natural causes.
Cheltenham Journal and Gloucestershire Fashionable Weekly Gazette. 14 January 1850
An article about an assault by Thomas Riddiford, a police constable, against Jane Fowles with attempt of rape. One of the witnesses cross-examine mentions going to Mrs Tanners in St Georges Place. Later in the article Harriet Tanner, wife of James Tanner, stated on oath that her husband keot the Horse and Groom beer-house opposite the police station,
Cheltenham Examiner 08 January 1851
Article about The Bath Swindling case involving George Rowland Hill, his wife Rachael Hill and Thomas Window of Dowdeswell Mill who were on trial for trying to obtain goods under false pretences from various tradesmen.
Harriet Tanner said that Window and Mrs Hill came to the Horse and Groom beer house of her husband , with John Hill as porter, with a quantity of goods brought from the railway station and put them in the loft. James Tanner said that Mrs Hill was renting the loft at 1s 6d a week and said that when the goods came they were to be taken up there.
Cheltenham Examiner 31 October 1860
Article about a juvenile theft by George Nash, aged 11, who stole a shilling from the till of No 17 St Georges Place. He was an errand boy and confessed to the prosecutor whilst held in custody at the Horse and Groom public house. Police-constable Birks had said he visited the Horse and Groom , kept by James Tanner, 11 St Georges Place. The boy was drunk, but Birks said he did not get the drink there.
Cheltenham Chronicle 13 October 1853
Article about robbery by an ex-policeman Jethers Staunton who stole a shirt. P.C. Chapple found his waistcoat missing and went to the Horse and Groom public house opposite the police station, where he asked to see the contents of a bundle. Harriet Tanner, landlady of the Horse and Groom, proved that the prisoner had brought the bundle containing the waistcoat to her. The prisoner claimed he had taken it by mistake.
Cheltenham Journal and Gloucestershire Fashionable Weekly Gazette. 09 December 1854
Article about Malicious conduct by Patrick Murray, a labourer from Liverpool aged 18, who broke a pane of glass in the window of the Horse and Groom public house, St Georges Place. Harriet Tanner, wife of James Tanner, landlord of the Horse and Groom, was sitting in the kitchen of her house and heard the parlour window smash. She ran out to see the prisoner standing near the police station, who admitted it on the basis he had no money and did not know where to lodge.

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