Trout Inn, Lechlade

Trout Inn
Location Lechlade, Gloucestershire, England
Coordinates 51°41′25″N 1°40′42″W / 51.69028°N 1.67833°W / 51.69028; -1.67833Coordinates: 51°41′25″N 1°40′42″W / 51.69028°N 1.67833°W / 51.69028; -1.67833
Listed Building – Grade II
Designated 4 July 1985[1]
Reference no. 1155618
Location of Trout Inn in Gloucestershire

The Trout Inn is a pub next to the River Thames at Lechlade in the English county of Gloucestershire. The Grade II listed stone building consists of two two-storey structures, one late medieval and the other added in the 18th century. The building began as an almshouse for workers on the adjoining St John's Bridge in the 1220s, before becoming part of a priory and then an inn.


The pub is located on the Thames Path close to St John's Lock and St John's Bridge, where the River Cole and the River Leach join the Thames on opposite banks. Mooring for boats is available and small boats can be hired from the pub garden.[2][3]

The pub is on the A417 on the outskirts of Lechlade. There is a camp site next to the pub.[4] The pub owns 2 miles (3.2 km) of fishing rights.[5][6]


The building was started in the 1220s by Peter Fitzherbert as a hospital or almshouse, dedicated to St. John the Baptist,[1][7] which had the mandate of caring for workmen on the bridge.[8] The building was part of the Augustinian Lechlade Priory founded in the 13th century by Isabella de Mortimer; in 1252 Richard, 1st Earl of Cornwall became its patron.[1][8] The priory survived until its dissolution in 1472. At that time, the building became known as an inn called Ye Sygne of St John Baptist Head. The name was changed to The Trout Inn in 1704.[1]

In the 18th and early 19th centuries, The Trout provided the residence for the lock keeper of St John's Lock; this function was discontinued in 1830 when a lock house was built.[9]

The pub is a venue for regular music events, particularly jazz, with one event in January 2014 having to be cancelled because of flooding.[10] The pub serves two regular draught beers, supplied by the Courage Brewery.[11]


The Trout Inn from the A417

The original, two-storey structure is late medieval. Its interior incorporates timber-beamed ceilings.[1] Near the end of the 18th century, a two-storey addition was made on the northern side; this building features stone construction and a slate roof. The newer structure features a pair of 12-pane sash windows on each floor, a "half-glazed" door, and a gabled entryway.[1] To the rear of the buildings lie an "old-fashioned garden", an orchard, and a pool.[2]


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 Historic England. "The Trout Inn (1155618)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 4 April 2015.
  2. 1 2 "The Trout Inn, Lechlade". Where Thames Smooth Water Glide. Retrieved 15 June 2014.
  3. "Cotswold Boat Hire". The River Thames Guide. Retrieved 15 June 2014.
  4. "The Trout Inn". UK Camp Sites. Retrieved 15 June 2014.
  5. Brabbs, Derry (1986). English Country Pubs. Weidenfield & Nicholson. p. 112. ISBN 0297791303.
  6. "About Us". The Trout Inn. Retrieved 15 June 2014.
  7. Lamb, J. (1960). Gloucestershire. C. & D. Constaple. p. 72.
  8. 1 2 Page, William, ed. (1907). "43. The Hospital of St John the Baptist, Lechlade". A History of the County of Gloucester. Institute of Historical Research. pp. 125–126. Retrieved 15 June 2014.
  9. Pauling, Keith (2009). Thames Pathway. p. 29. ISBN 9781445222394.
  10. "Popular music event in Lechlade pub, The Trout Inn, cancelled due to floods". Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard. 6 January 2014. Retrieved 15 June 2014.
  11. "Trout Inn, LECHLADE • Pub Details •". Retrieved 2014-07-11.
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