The 19th century George has a very special place among the 92 pubs owned by Arkell’s brewery. The village was the birthplace of John Arkell in 1802 and there are generations of the Arkell family buried in the village churchyard. It was hardly surprising that John Arkell returned here in 1861 to purchase his third pub, a building he must have been familiar with when he was growing up. It was the first ‘country’ pub that Arkell’s purchased. It has probably got the distinction of being the pub in the county to have served beer from just one brewery for the greatest length of time.

The Home Guard at the George at Kempsford. 1940
Kempsford Cricket Club c.1949
Customers at the George, c.1960
Customers at the George. Occasion and date unknown.

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Map Reference: SU 158968

Licensing Details:

Owner in 1891: Arkell & Son, Kingsdown Brewery, Swindon

Rateable Value in 1891: £20.0s.0d.

Type of licence in 1891: Alehouse

Owner in 1903: Arkell & Son, Kingsdown Brewery, Swindon

Rateable Value in 1903: £20.0s.0d.

Type of licence in 1903: Alehouse

Closing time in 1903: 10pm

Landlords at the George Inn include:

1856 A. Ashcombe

1891 William Westbury North

1903,1906 Edward B. North

1913,1919 Frank Yates

1927 James Stratford

1939 Charles Herbert

1998 Ted and Barbara Cade (retired Dec. 1998 after over 25 years in the trade)

2008 Roy Samsum

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