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The Sportsman's Arms Pub

"Chick" Hall outside the Sportsman's Arms

During World War II there were many ENSA artists staying
in the Barham area who used the pub with many signing an

Autograph Book (in new window)

Publicans found in the census records between 1861 and 1901

1861 Census
Name Sex Age Occupation Born
Thomas Pilcher

M

23 Beer Shop & Carpenter

Kent Elham

Elizabeth Pilcher F 26 Wife Kent Mersham
Thomas Pilcher M 10mo Son Kent Elmsted
Thomas Dench M 22 Tailor* Ireland Limerick

* - Guest at the Inn

1871 Census
Name Sex Age Occupation Born
George Sims

M

32 Inn Keeper

Kent Wittersham

Elizabeth Sims F 27 Wife Kent Elham
Hannah Sims F 8 Daughter Kent Elham
Elizabeth Sims F 3 Daughter Barham
Frank Sims M 2 Son Barham
George Sims M 2mo Son Barham
Lucy Green F 16 Niece Surrey Woldingham
William G........(?) M 45 Tailor*

Isle of Man

John Bass M 30 Ag Labourer*

Barham

* - Guest at the Inn

1881 Census
Name Sex Age Occupation Born
George Sims M 42 Inn Keeper Kent Wittersham
Elizabeth Sims F 38 Wife Kent Elham
Elizabeth Sims F 13 Barmaid Barham
Frank Sims M 12 Scholar Barham
George Sims M 10 Scholar Barham
Alfred Sims M 8 Scholar Barham
Percy Sims M 5 Scholar Barham
Albert Sims M 5 Scholar Barham
Ernest Sims M 4mo Son Barham
Samuel Green M 20 Dealer* Kent Appledore
Henry Bailey M 26 Defence Corps* London
James Taylor M 27 Defence Corps* (Unreadable)

* - Guest at the Inn

1891 Census
Name Sex Age Occupation Born
George Sims M 42 Inn Keeper Kent Wittersham
Elizabeth Sims F 48 Wife Kent Elham
Percy Sims M 15 Appr. Fitter Barham
Albert Sims M 15 Appr. Fitter Barham
Ernest Sims M 10 Scholar Barham
Edith Sims F 7 Scholar Barham
Henry ???? M 34 Farm Labourer* Sussex Heathfield

* - Guest at the Inn

1901 Census
Name Sex Age Occupation Born
Elizabeth Sims F 57 Inn Keeper Kent Elham
Elizabeth J Sims F 31   Barham
Ernest Sims M 20 Engineer Barham
Edith A Sims F 17 School Teacher Barham
Margaret A Sims F 24 Daughter in Law Lancs Liverpool
Percy R Rims M 2 Grandson Barham

Later inn keepers - after the 1901 census are recorded as being:

Under ownership - Rigden & Sons Ltd

George Sims pre1871 - 1893
Elizabeth Sims 1893 - 1902
Elizabeth Sims (daughter unlicenced) 1902
Charles Francis Hall 1902 - abt1925
Elizabeth Sims

abt 1925 - bef 1934

Stephen Chas. Wiles

incl 1934

Charles and Alice Munday

1939 - 196?

Under ownership - Being Researched

Dennis and Ada Moore

196? - 06/10/70

???? O'Grady

07/10/70 - 16/02/78
(Final Owners)


The Sportsman's Arms now


Detail of the windows - still in place in 2007

  

After George and Elizabeth Sims were married in Nov 1861 they took over the Beer Shop run by Thomas Pilcher and opened
"The Sportsmanís Arms" on Derringstone Hill.


George Sims 1838 - 1893


Elizabeth Jane Hall (nee Sims) 1867 - 1939

In the yard between "The Sportsmanís Armís" and the Wesleyan Chapel next to it, were stables and a workshop which George used as a Saddlers shop. Horses were brought there for harnesses and for treatment, as a vet paid regular visits. Beyond was a long garden sloping down from the house with lawns, flowerbeds and a kitchen garden.

In April 1902 Charles Hall married Elizabeth Sims and took over running the pub. He bought a cab , which had belonged to Lord Kitchener, and placed it on one of the lawns. It was a great attraction for the pub visitors along with the Quoits Club, both of which were good for business. Charles (Chick) Hall was an ex naval man, extrovert and friendly, and a popular landlord.