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The Roadmaker Inn

   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.

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