The Roadmaker was built in 1847 and was named Roadway Place. The name changed to New Inn in 1871 and in 1977 it was renamed the Roadmaker.
The pub was built in Gorsley stone for Benjamin and Jane James. They were married in 1806 and saw the new road from Kilcot to Ross built in 1810. They lived at Hillcrest on Forty's pitch (house on the left as you travel towards Newent). They had nine children.. Their daughter Jane married George Forty and they inherited Hillcrest in 1861 . Daughter Ann married Edwin Jones, a farmer and Mary married John Drew of Kempley. On the 1861 census they were living at the pub with six children.