Sort file:- Hawkhurst, January, 2023.

Page Updated:- Tuesday, 24 January, 2023.


Earliest ????

Cricketer's Arms

Latest 1971+

(Name to)

Moor Hill


Cricketer's Arms sign 1976

Above sign 1976.

With thanks from Roger Pester

Cricketer's Arms beer-mat

Above beer-mat, date unknown. Kindly supplied by Mike Lyon.

Cricketer's Arms card

Above card, 1967, kindly sent by Pat Borrett.

Maurice and Shirley Hayward 1967

Above photo showing Maurice & Shirley Hayward with their dog, circa 1967, kindly sent by Pat Borrett.


I have been informed that the pub changed name to the "Black Pig" but as yet don't know when.


From the Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald, Saturday 23 March 1872.


A sale by auction took place at the "Saracen’s Head Hotel," on Tuesday, conducted by Mr. Alfred Thomas. There was a large attendance. The property is situated in the town and neighbourhood of Tenterden, and consisted of 14 lots.


Lot 14, the "Cricketers" beerhouse, Hawkhurst, was purchased by Mr. R. Chapman for 320.


Kent & Sussex Courier, Friday 13 September 1901.

Licensing business.

Mr. Drake, on behalf of the Ashford Breweries, Ltd, applied for a spirit licence for the "Cricketers Arms," Hawkhurst. The application was opposed by Mr. Simpson, on behalf of Mrs. Smith and Co., and by Mr. Cripps, for the owners of the "Royal Oak" and "Eight Bells" respectively.

The application was refused.


From an email received 25 November 2014.

Just found this note about the pub on Moor Hill, Hawkhurst which was then called the "Cricketers Arms."

Maurice and Shirley (I don’t remember their surname) were the Landlord and Land Lady of the pub in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s.

They had a boxer dog and left I believe to run the "Brickwall Hotel" in Northiam.

I know that they were there on September 24th, 1971 as I spent the late evening there.

In those days there was a drill hall behind the pub where there was a rifle range where members of a rifle club used to shoot .22 rifles.

They were succeeded in the pub by three brothers who reminded me of the Krays.

We moved on.

The pub is now called the "Smugglers Ale House" and I was wondering if the pub was even there when the smugglers were operating out of the "Oak and Ivy."

Other pubs were the "Snoring Cat," latterly the "Sawyers Arms" and the "Shades" close to the "Queens Hotel." The "Wellington Arms" is now a restaurant I believe.

It may be of interest to note that in the 1950’s and early 1960’s there was a difference in the licensing hours between pubs in Kent and in East Sussex.

Drinkers used to leave the pubs in Hawkhurst on Fridays and Saturdays to get an extra drink in one of the pubs in Flimwell, Hurst Green or the Junction Inn which is now the Curlew restaurant on the Seddlescombe road.

Colin Golding.



MARSHALL William 1891-1903+ (also farmer age 33 in 1891Census)

CATT George 1911-13+ (age 50 in 1911Census)

LEVETT Charles 1918-30+

THORNTON Harry 1938+

HAYWARD Maurice & Shirley 15/Feb/1967-early 70s




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