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Woodcutters Arms

Picture source: Mike Wright


The Woodcutters Arms closed in 2008 and is now used as a private dwelling.
My Mother was the licensee of the Woodcutters from 1953  till 1968, approximately where me and my 2 sisters lived.  The pub was very old when we moved in with a walk in bar  without a counter and beer was taken to the tables by my Mum and there was a smoke room the other side (which no-one used) and a small counter just inside the front door for take away ales & cider.  We had a very small sitting room which was over an underground cellar where the barrels were kept and the temperature was at a constant temperature all year round despite the weather. We had no bath room or toilet and had to use an outside loo where the ladies (not many in those days) had to use. This was built up against a dry stone wall so there were all sorts of creepy crawlies, spiders etc within.  In 1962 the brewery decided to refurbish the pub and after one of  the worst winters I can remember we had a new bar with a counter, and a lounge, very posh, we also had a nice bathroom fitted. The view from the pub was beautiful overlooking Stroud, Rodborough Common and more. I really miss that view. The pub has been refurbished a couple more times since my Mother left and I'm really sorry that it is no more. It was the top half of Whiteshill's local and we had regular teams of darts, quoits, and dominos etc. You didn't have to ask the regulars what their tipple was we already knew.
All the villagers knew one another and all the kids seemed to get on with one another, not like today.
Great memories of a once heart of the village pub!
Jean Davis, nee Perry

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