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Earliest 1872

Elm Tree

Latest 1969

The Street


Elm Tree

Above photo, date unknown, kindly sent by Shaun Gardiner.

Elm Tree

Above photo, date unknown.

Former Elm Tree 2019

Above photo, April 2019, kindly taken and sent by Shaun Gardiner.


I don't know a lot about his pub at present. Local knowledge and photographs needed please.


From the Sussex Agricultural Express, Saturday 16 April 1892.

Refusing to quit.

Thomas Fullman Jessop was charged with being quarrelsome and refusing to quit the licensed premises of the "Elm Tree," Ryarsh, on March 11th.

Mr. R. T. Tatham prosecuted, and defendant was represented by Mr. A. J. Ellis.

Mr. Tatham, in opening the case, said the prosecution was instituted under the first section of the act 35 and 36 Vic., chap. 94. Defendant had for some time past been making himself very obnoxious to the landlord of this house, who was his brother, and on March 11th he entered the house, and, as usual, was quarrelsome. He threatened his brother, and pushed his fist in his face. At 10 o'clock P.C. Nash requested defendant to leave, but he refused and would not go until the Constable threatened to eject him.

Mr. Ellis, on behalf of the defendant, submitted that the prosecutor was quarrelsome, and not the defendant. The complainant was not on friendly terms with his brother.

William Alfred Evans deposed that no quarrel occurred until 10 o'clock, when prosecutor ordered defendant out of the house, and, on defendant refusing, prosecuted took off his coat and was in the act of forcibly ejected him when P.C. Nash entered the house, and defendant then left quietly. He was not quarrelsome while witness was present, and he was there all the time.

The Bench, after a consultation in private, announced that they were divided in the matter, and the Chairman, given his voice in favour of the defendant, the case was dismissed. It seemed to him that the licence holder should conduct his own house. He instructed the Superintendent to take a note of his remarks for the annual licensing day.



JESSUP John 1872-1892

JESSUP Ernest John 1893-1902

HILLYARD Edward Charles Langley 1903-1904

BODY Albert Tress 1905-1907

FRYER George John 1908

BOLTON William Henry 1909-1910

HUSSEY William Cater 1911

GLADDISH Charles Pike 1911-1913 (age 48 in 1911Census)

BENSTEAD Arthur James 1914-1915

OVERAL Sidney Herbert 1916-1917

OVERAL Blanche Harriet 1918-1919

COOPER Thomas Routledge 1920-1943

WEDGBURY George Stanley 1944-1948

NELMS Richard Henry 1949-1957

MARNEY John 1957

NEALE Herbert William 1957-1966

SAYERS Phillip Raymond 1967-1968

WILLSHER Peter James Edward 1969




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