History of The Weighbridge Inn
The Weighbridge stands adjacent to the original packhorse trail to Bristol, which is now a footpath and bridleway. The road at the front of the Inn became a Turnpike on 24th May 1822 with the following tolls:
- 4d For a horse drawing a carriage
- 1d For a horse
- 10d For a herd of cattle per score
- 3d For pigs per score
The innkeeper ran both the weighbridge and the Inn.
Memorabilia from the mill can be found all around the Inn today, including the large collection of keys.
In 1891 the landlord of the Weighbridge Inn was recorded as Edward Gage, although the owner was Arthur Twisden Playne. It had an annual rateable value of £12.15s.0d.
A relative of Arthur, George Playne established a brewery around this time at Forwood, Minchinhampton and supplied the Inn as well as thirty other tied houses in the area. In time, the brewery was taken over by the larger Stroud Brewery.
If you know anything of the history, we would be pleased to hear from you.