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The Sword Inn Gloucester

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The Sword Inn Gloucester

Only the left-hand building currently occupied by The Sword Inn Gloucester was originally a pub, known as The Sword by 1680.

It became The Union by 1847 and probably refers to the Acts of Union with Ireland. The pub was extended into the next door building in 1990.

This building was once the workshop of a tailor called John Pritchard, who inspired Beatrix Potter’s story The Tailor of Gloucester. She was visiting the area in 1897 and heard the tale of a waistcoat that was mysteriously completed over the weekend.

The pub was therefore re-named the Tailor’s House for a time but reverted to The Union in 2003 before becoming Molly's Bar in 2014 and now The Sword Inn Gloucester.


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