The original Sloop Inn on the far left of a late 1890s photograph.
The first mention of the Sloop appears to be in September 1875 when the Hull Packet & East Riding Times noted:
‘John Marshall, a beer house keeper along Waterside Road, was charged by Superintendent Fuller with having his house open for the sale of beer on this day. Two men were found drinking therein by the police. Marshall was fined £2 and costs, and the two men, William Usher and Alexander Garden alias “The Marquis of Aylesbury”, who were found on the premises, were convicted, Usher in the sum of £1 and costs, and “the Marquis” 10s and costs’.
In August 1880 the Stamford Mercury had a notice recording the licence of The Sloop Inn Barton was transferred to Elizabeth Marshall. News reports in the Hull Packet in March 1881 note that John Lawrence applied for a temporary authority to sell at the Sloop Inn Barton, which was granted. The 1881 census notes that 34 years old John was an innkeeper in Waterside Road at that date (the census was taken on 1 April 1881) and was resident with his wife Elizabeth aged 50. The pub was later mentioned by name in the 1891 Census when the victualler was George Oldridge; he had been listed in Waterside Road since 1885.
The Sloop as it was in 2002.
Meggitt’s brewery of Barton is known to have owned the pub, and its address was originally recorded as Lower Ings Road (now Far Ings Road) but it is more well-known as a building that fronts on to Waterside Road. By 1907 it was owned by Hewitt’s of Grimsby who re-built it late that year in the style we see it today. The plans they submitted, which were approved in October 1907, show an elevation that has remained almost unchanged since its construction. The plans were drawn by the in-house architect W.H. Mumby who was responsible for many of Hewitt Brothers later plans. Following its re-construction (noted as ‘currently being rebuilt’ in a Hull Daily Mail sale notice in December 1908) it remained as a beer-house and was licensed as such until at least 1932.
Business was never brisk for the Sloop and the loss of housing and industry in the area has affected all the pubs in this area. By 1955 the annual net profit was down to around £500 per year. Following frequent changes of tenant in recent years the Sloop has often struggled to remain open, similar to many of Barton’s pubs. Being between the attractions of the foreshore on one hand, and the town centre at the other extreme, most people pass in the car unless on foot in the warmer months. It does however, retain some very nice architectural details, e.g. leaded stained glass windows, and some original fireplaces and benches in the corner room and at present appears to be enjoying good trade with a selection of Tom Wood’s real ales.
A plan of the Sloop from c.1907 showing the layout at that time, and an advertisement for the Sloop from 1985, showing its long tradition of selling real ales.
Some references to the Sloop:
1875 — John Marshall —
1880 — Elizabeth Marshall (Licence transfer)
1881 — John Lawrence
1885-1896 — George Oldridge, beer retailer, Waterside Road
1901-1906 — George Earl, sailmaker & publican
1904 — George Earle, Sloop Inn, Ings Lane (census)
1909-1930 — Harry Sweeting, beer retailer, Lower Ings Road
1914 — H Sweeting, Sloop Inn, 81 Waterside Road
1932-1933 — George Arthur Sweeting, beer retailer, Lower Ings Road
1945 — Percy Doughty
1953-1955 — Walter Topliss
1967-1973 — Thomas Harrison
1979 — M W Smaller
1 Waterside Inn
2 Sloop Inn
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