History of The Greswolde Arms

The Greswolde Arms has played a pivotal role in the village of Knowle for centuries. Originally called ‘The Mermaid Inn,’ the premises was acquired by the wealthy Greswolde family of Malvern Hall in the early 1700s and remained with them for over 200 years. The name change to The Greswolde Arms took place under the stewardship of Henry Greswolde Lewis.

The oldest part of The Greswolde Arms is the central section, where its steep gables appear to have been a timber-framed structure. However, throughout the 18th and 19th centuries the Greswoldes continued to extend and renovate the property to accommodate the expanding coaching trade. Being situated on the main turnpike road from London to Birmingham, the inn prospered by catering to approximately six to eight coaches daily.

Throughout the 1700s and 1800s, The Greswolde hosted licensing sessions, ecclesiastical and magistrates’ courts, and provided accommodation for shooting parties of nobility and gentry. Even Lady Byron, the estranged wife of Lord Byron, stayed at The Greswolde in 1843 after a visit to Solihull.

During the Victorian era, the inn hosted the Greswolde Bowling Club. It had a tennis lawn and pleasure grounds. It was also an approved stop for the Bicycle Touring Club – the pub even has a business card from the time featuring penny farthing bicycles.

In 1963, The Greswolde Arms had some rather famous guests – The Beatles! They stayed here when they were still largely unknown and touring in the local area.

Today, The Greswolde Arms has been extensively refurbished, retaining many unique features. It’s a great place to meet with friends or family for a drink. You can also enjoy a delicious pub meal from our extensive menu and specials board or tuck into a delicious roast on Sundays.


You can find The Greswolde Arms at High Street, Knowle, close to Knowle Park. Just tap B93 0LL into your satnav.