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The Royal William Inn, Cranham, Gloucestershire

The Royal William Inn, Cranham, Gloucestershire
This late 18th century former coaching inn is on the A46, between Painswick & Brockworth, and has had many owners & facelifts over the years, but still manages to retain some of its period charm, and having survived years of corporate neglect, is once more in the hands of local, enthusiastic, owners.

I have a personal connection with this place, because my father was born there in 1912, but sadly, his father died in the final days of the Battle of the Somme in 1916, leaving my grandmother to bring up three small children in abject poverty. They stayed on at the inn for some years, before moving to a tiny, rented cottage in Butt Green, Painswick. I don't know their relationship to the owner at that time, but my great uncle, Thomas William Overs was recorded as being the publican from 1919 until 1927.

It wasn't always a coaching inn, in the 18th century it was described as being the haunt of "charcoal burners, gypsies, freebooters, smugglers and others of doubtful calling”! Nor was it always called "Royal William", in its early days it had the strange name of "The Pond of Candles"!



Mamiya C2, f2.8/80mm Sekors, X2 Yellow filter. Foma 400@800. Caffenol C + Iodized salt: Washing soda (50% water)20g, Ascorbic acid powder 6g, Coffee granules20g Iodized Sea salt 6g, water to 500mL 18mins @21C. Scanned @1200dpi on an Epson V500.

Nouchetdu38, Hen's March, Ulrich John, Tom Angelo and 5 other people have particularly liked this photo


12 comments - The latest ones
giovanegian
giovanegian
Very interesting indeed. What about the interior?
3 years ago.
Mikeinlagardette has replied to giovanegian
Gianni, molte grazie!
Sadly, not much left of the original interior, lots of walls knocked down to make bigger bars and restaurants, but some of the upper floors are still mostly original. But - the local beer served here is excellent ;-))
3 years ago.
tiltdesign2011
tiltdesign2011
Sehr schönes Photo!!
3 years ago.
Mikeinlagardette has replied to tiltdesign2011
Ralf, Vielen Danke!
3 years ago.
Brian Russell
Brian Russell
Fine Old World image.
3 years ago.
Mikeinlagardette has replied to Brian Russell
Brian, many thanks for your kind words!
3 years ago.
Frode Øen
Frode Øen
Nice capture and history.
3 years ago.
Mikeinlagardette has replied to Frode Øen
Frode, many thanks, happy you enjoyed the little bit of family history !!
3 years ago.
Tom Angelo
Tom Angelo
Not only a fantastic capture ... especially rendering all the detail and tones of a white building but the history you detail is very enjoyable ! Nice job Mike !
3 years ago.
Mikeinlagardette has replied to Tom Angelo
Hi Tom, thanks for your always too generous words!
But yes, a white building in bright mid morning sunshine is always a challenge, but most 400iso films are pretty forgiving, and the Foma is no exception!

Best, Mike
3 years ago.
╰☆☆June☆☆╮
╰☆☆June☆☆╮
Your beautiful capture was admired in Historical & Architectural Gems.
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3 years ago.
Mikeinlagardette has replied to ╰☆☆June☆☆╮
June, thanks for your encouragement! Have a nice weekend!
3 years ago.