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PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Paul Skelton

Earliest 1786-

Five Bells

Latest ????

98 High Street

St Mary Cray

 

This was a tied "Fleet Brewery" pub in 1865 when the brewery was put up for auction.

 

From the Kent and Sussex Courier and Southern Counties Herald. 25 July 1873. Price 1d.

ST MARY CRAY. ACCIDENT ON THE RAILWAY.

On Friday evening last, J. C Carttar, coroner, held an inquest at the "Five Bells Inn," on the body of Henry Daley aged 74, a native of Bromley, who was killed at the railway station on the preceding day, while attempting to cross the line. From the evidence it appeared that the deceased, who would cross the line in spite of the remonstrance's of those on the platform, was knocked down by a passing train and killed on the spot. The jury considered that there was no one to blame in the matter, but the unfortunate deceased himself, and returned a verdict of accidentally killed, appending to it, however, a recommendation to the company that a bridge should be built across the line, the passengers now having to pass from one platform to another by means of a level crossing. It is understood that the deceased was to be married next month to a young woman to whom he had been on a visit that evening.

 

Bromley & District Times, Friday 11 July 1890.

SATURDAY NIGHT AT ST MARY CRAY.

Thomas Peters and James French, fruit pickers, were charged with having been drunk at St. Mary Cray on the previous Saturday evening. Police Constable Cadman said the men were ejected from the "Star" public house, and thereupon became very noisy. A crowd assembled, and they were therefore taken into custody.

Defendant pleaded "they were doing nothing."

The Chairman pointing out that the Magistrates were dealing very leniently with the case, in finding them 5s. and 3s. costs.

Bridget Hannett was also charged with a similar offence.

Police Constable Hills said she was ejected from the "Five Bells Inn," and became very noisy in the street.

The Chairman fined her 5s. and 2s. 6d. costs.

 

Eric Rush informs me that the pub was destroyed by a landmine attack in WW2, and also that this and the "Bridge House" had the same husband and wife licensee. He was unfortunately killed in the above attack and I believe his son carried on the business afterwards.

 

LICENSEE LIST

VOLLINS/VALLINS John & Ann 1786+

HARDS William 1832+ Pigot's Directory 1832-34

DONMALL George 1858+

PALMER James 1881-1901+ (widower age 67 in 1901Census)

PALMER Alfred John 1903+ Kelly's 1903

HAYSON Henry Joseph 1911+ (age 29 in 1911Census)

ZILKEN Peter 1913+

BURROWS William G 1918-30+ Next pub licensee had

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Pigot's Directory 1832-34From the Pigot's Directory 1832-33-34

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903

CensusCensus

 

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