The Bicentenary of the Baker Arms – can you help ?

CHILD OKEFORD ARCHIVE

Baker Arms Bicentenary

There has been a pub in The Cross since at least 1754. In the early days it was called Bear Inn, then White Bear and, until at least 1818, Lamb Inn. The first reference we have found to “Baker Arms” is in the Alehouse Record which states:

on the third day of September in the second year of the reign of Sovereign Lord George the Fourth of Great Britain &c ……………………..………to keep a common Inn or Alehouse known by the Sign of the Baker Arms”.

As I’m sure we can all remember from our school days, George IV acceded to the throne in January 1820. Thus, 3rd September 2021 is at least the bicentenary of the pub under this name.

We shall acknowledge the occasion by a comprehensive article in September supplemented by copies of photographs and articles on the village web site.

The frontage of the building has been more or less unchanged for the past 100 years but inside we believe it has changed considerably and wonder if anyone can tell us how they remember the layout in past years. We know that in the early 1900’s the front door opened straight into the pub rather than onto another door and that a staircase came down in the vicinity of the current toilets. But were there 2 bars – saloon and public? Where was the “back room” used by the Vestry in the 1800’s and the ATP in WWII?

Photos would be brilliant but what are your memories and do you have any anecdotes to share? We know the names of the landlords between 1754 and 1939 and from 1998 to date and in the years 1939 to 1998. Can you help fill in the gaps.

Many thanks.

David Pope 861411 [email protected]

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