Public houses & ale houses

Five public houses or ale houses were to be found in Lodsworth parish in the past, and four of these still thrive today. Two, The Hollist and the Lickfold Inn, have traded as inns since at least the 17th century. The Halfway Bridge appeared later and The Three Moles came with the opening of Selham station on the Pulborough to Midhurst railway line.

Lodsworth Arms, also called ‘Old Bells Beer House’ and, presumably colloquially, ‘The Grubber’, was licenced to sell ale. It closed around 1956 but signs of the layout and bar counter are still to be seen in the building today.

BusinessLocationProprietorsSources*
The Hollist Arms aka The Crown, Mantz, Poyntz ArmsThe StreetUnknown (1630-1820), James Gill (1820-42), John Gill (1841), Elizabeth Gill (1842-1843), Richard Gill (1843-81), Williard Short (1859-61), James Gill (1881-1912), Charles Goldsmith (1899), Edmund Frederick Goldsmith (1901-03), Frederick Gill (1903), Alfred James Gill (1904-44), Ida Gill (1944-45), Jack Osborne (1956-58), Charles William Wedge (1964-68), Sylvia Anne May Legge (1968-83), Noel & Doreen Alden (1984-86), Nicholas & Sally Kennard & Turner (1987-2000), Tony & Carole (2001-02), George & Juliet Bristow (2003-11), Sally & Serge Hossack (2011-15), Andrew Mills & Patsy Moore (2015-17)3,4,5,6,7,14,17
Lickfold Inn aka Three Horseshoes, Lickfold Bridge AlehouseLickfoldW Jenner, White, Henry Tribe, William Markes (1668), Grace Markes (1668-1674), William Markes (Junior) (1674-), William Searle (-1714), George & Elizabeth Ede (1714-1723), Henry Ede (1723-1728), Henry Perryer (1728-1735), John Steel (1735-1737), Thomas Collick (1737-1741), James Challen (1741-1748), John Boxall (1748-1749), John Tilly (1749-1750), John Tilly (Junior) (1750-1759), Richard Boxall (1780-1782), John Willard (1782-1788), James Denyer (1788-), William Boxall (-1817), Widow Boxall (1817-1819), John Tribe (1820-1858), Thomas Hills (1859-1867), Charles Mills (1870-1871), Charles Wayes (1874), Robert Ford (1878), George Harwood (1881), Mrs Mary Ann Harwood (1882-1887), Thomas Pink (1890), William R Burt (1891), William Hurst (1895), William Alfred Gilbert (1899-1911), James Quick (1912-1922), Robert Leeson (1924-1929), John Bell (1929-1934), John Player (1930), Joseph H Sawyer (1938-1939), C L Tyler (1981-1985), Roger Turner (1985-1986), Vivien Moise (1986-), Ron & Kathy Chambers (1989-1990)3,4,5,6,7,8,9,12,17
The Halfway Bridge Inn aka George & Dragon, St George & DragonHalfway BridgeWilliam Marshall (1841-1841), Thomas Elliott (1851-1858), John Reading (1851-1851), Mrs Mary Elliott (1859-1859), Henry Smith (1861-1891), Philip Norris (1882-1882), Edward Swain (1887-1887), James Morley (1895-1905), Joseph Taylor (1907-1911), Arthur Miller (1913-1922), Albert Luke Foard (1924-1924), John Bell (1927-1929), Ralph Victor Talbot (1930-1930), Richard James Church (1934-1934), Maurice Woodhatch (1938-1939), Hugh & Peggy Hearn (1969-1970), Dave & Judy Looker (1972-1975), Harold & Audrey Price (1976-1978), Roger & Norma Greenwood (1980-1986), Edric & Sheila Hawkins (1990-1990), Helen Totton (2012-)3,4,5,6,7,8,17,18
Lodsworth Arms aka Old Bells Beer House, The GrubberThe Arms, The StreetJames Farthing (1870-1884), William Freeman (1891-1891), James B Durrant (1901-1903), Noah Talman (1907-1909), Alice Churchill (1911-1911), Sibley (1912-1912), Thomas Sealey (1922-1924), Charles May (1927-1939), Ben & Bill May (-1960)4,5,6,7,8,9,17,18
The Three Moles aka Railway Hotel (1872), The Railway Inn (1873)SelhamHenry Smith (1872-88), Joseph Willison (1887-88), William Adams (1888-89), Edward Swain (1889-93), Frederick Figg Tier (1893-1912), William Frank Cate (1912-18), Thomas Gill (1918-21), Frank Hounsome (1921-28), John King (1928-29), James Reynolds (1929-34), Alfred Sherman (1934-51), Arthur John Sherman (1951-55), Jack Frank Smith (1955-63), Frank William Wheller (1963-88), Carl John Gregorzek (1988-98), Valerie Anne Wingate (1998-2008), Paul Tadhunter (2008-12), James Doyle & Emma Davies (2012-17), Tom Richardson & Ollie Boulton (2017-)4,5,8,17,18

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