Bowl Hill

Does Bowl Hill have Roman origins?

Click here to read an article by Mike Warnes for ‘Woodchester Word’ in 2017


This delightful photo shows the very old cottages at the bottom of Bowl Hill that were demolished in the early 1960s for post-war ‘slum clearance’

This wonderful photo of the Nags Head at Bowl Hill elicited quite a story when it was recently displayed on our Facebook page.

The Nags Head, Bowl Hill 1930s. Centre Mrs Brown, left her son-in-law Eddie Box and right her son Willliam Brown

It was bought as a derelict pub and converted to a family home in 1963:   “My parents bought it in 1963 from The Brewery. Don’t know if it was officially a pub, previously, or an off-licence, but locals were often in there sitting on the wide stairs, supping a pint (Including My Dad). Don’t know the exact date that it closed. Mum says they had several occasions when people came in to their home asking for matches or darts board”! (LT)

Previously the 1939 register lists George Harrison (who married Alice Brown in 1937) living at The Nags Head with Alice listed as the innkeeper. (JA)

“Miss Adelaide Chapman sold it to Godsells for £400 on 24th June 1902. She had inherited from her father William Chapman. He had bought it from his father Stephen Chapman for £40 on 21st June 1869. Stephen Chapman had bought it for £60 from Joseph TImbrell Fisher on 26 November 1864. Going on back Fisher had had it conveyed to him from Charles William Lawrence, who had had it gifted to him by Rebecca Parry on 2nd July 1858, its address given as Bowlhill as on all the later documents. I think the building dates a bit further back into the late 1700s?” (KT)