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The Bank House

This building originally housed the Cheltenham and Gloucestershire Bank.

15–21 Clarence Street, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 3JL
In February 2005, The Toad at The Olde Bank was renamed Que Pasa (Spanish for ‘what’s up?’). The Toad opened in April 2001. The ‘Olde Bank’ was the Cheltenham and Gloucestershire, which traded at numbers 15–17 (originally numbers 7–8) Clarence Street from the 1830s into the 1850s. The building continued to be known as ‘Bank House’ for several decades.

A plaque documenting the history of The Bank House.


The plaque reads: These licensed premises comprise two c1830 Regency-style buildings. The three storey section, with statues on its façade, housed the Cheltenham and Gloucestershire Bank, which moved out in the 1850s. For several decades, the building continued to be known as Bank House. Following the Second World War, it was combined with the adjoining four storey building as a children’s outfitters.

The Bank House was refurbished by J D Wetherspoon in October 2009.

Illustrations of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. 


Top: Lewis Carroll’s own version of Alice, about to enter the door in the tree 
Above: Tenniel’s version of “Off with her head” 
Below: Alice and Dodo, from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. 

Photographs of Cheltenham’s Edward Adrian Wilson, who was a physician, polar explorer, natural historian, painter and ornithologist.


Top: Wilson in his expedition gear
Below: Wilson the artist at work.

External photograph of the building – main entrance.


If you have information on the history of this pub, then we’d like you to share it with us. Please e-mail all information to: pubhistories@jdwetherspoon.co.uk