Page Updated:- Sunday, 16 February, 2020.


Earliest ????

Five Bells Inn

Open 2019+

The Street

East Brabourne

01303 813334

Five Bells Inn 2007

Above photo 2007 by Adam Hincks Creative Commons Licence.

Five Bells Inn 2012

Photo 3 October 2012, from by Jeremy Sage.

Above signs left and right July 1991.

With thanks from Brian Curtis

Five Bells Inn sign 2014Five Bells Inn 2015

Above sign left 2014, sign right, 2015.

Five Bells inside 2018

Above photo showing the inside in 2018.

Five Bells Inn 2019

Above photo 2019.

Five Bells 2019

Above photo 2019.


Kentish Gazette, Saturday 15 February 1783.

“Notice - The Creditors of John Marshall, late of the Parish of Waltham, deceased, are desired to attend, with the Account of their several Demands, on Tuesday the 18th Day of February, 1783, by Eleven o'Clock in the Forenoon, at the House of Thomas Cassell, called the "Five Bells," at Brabourn, in Kent, in order to receive such Composition [sic] as may arise from his Estate and Effects.

And all persons, refusing or neglecting to attend, will be excluded all Benefit of the Composition [sic].”


Canterbury Journal, Kentish Times & Farmers Gazette Sat 11 Aug 1855.

“The License of the Five Bells, Brabourne, was transferred from William Fox to Thomas Lilley”


South Eastern Gazette – Tues 10 Feb 1863.

“Transfer of Licences – the License of the "Five Bells," Brabourne, was transferred from from Mr Gutteridge to Mr C Alexander”.


Kent Fed. of Licensed Victuallers’ & Beer Retailers’ Associations – Joint Year Book & Directory 1966/67.

Brabourne - Five Bells – A.N. Godfrey.


I am informed by Bob Martin that in 2015 the pub was trading as a free house. By 2018 the pub chain Ramblinns owned the premises.


From the By Lauren MacDougall, 6 November 2019.

Kentís cosiest pubs with gorgeous log fires that will shield you from the cold.

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Is there anything better than curling up next a toasty log fire, pint in hand?

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Five Bells Inn.

Five Bells 2019

Where: The Street, East Brabourne, Ashford, TN25 5LP.

What: Set in the countryside, The Five Bells has an array of warm hearty food on its menu and a rustic yet traditional pub setting.

Its a perfect place to stop off on a countryside walk.

People can also stay over in one of its four plush suites.

And to top it all off there are warming open fires not only in the pub itself, but in the bedrooms too for that really cosy vibe.



CASSELL Thomas 1783+

FOX William 1847-Aug/55

LILLEY Thomas Aug/1855+

HILLS William 1862+

GUTTERIDGE Mr to Feb/1863

ALEXANDER Mr C Feb/1863+

WILDISH William 1874+

AWFORD John 1899-1918+ (age 65 in 1911Census)

BELL Arthur William 1922+

CORNWELL Hugh J 1930+

SIMMONS Ernest to Apr/1933 Next pub licensee had Dover Express

MOON Alexander M 1934+

MOON E Mrs 1938+





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