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Earliest 1850-

Star and Garter

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Golden Green


Kentish Gazette, 31 December 1850.

TONBRIDGE. Melancholy Suicide.

On Wednesday last in inquest was held at the "Star and Garter" beer-shop, Golden Green, Hadlow, before J. N. Dudlow, Esq., coroner, on the body of John Beach, a boy aged 11 years, who was found drowned in the Medway, on Sunday, the 22nd inst.

Thomas Beach, brother of the deceased, labourer, said:— I have seen the deceased; he is about 11 1/2 years old. Saw him last alive at his home. Yesterday week, in the afternoon, he complained of his feet; he said he wished he was dead, as father swore at him and knocked him about with the shoes, and knocked him down in the hop garden, because he did not bury the weeds. He said, as father knocked him about so he was not happy, and thought he should make off with himself. Father has used us all cruelly; he would knock us down; the deceased, I think, was used worse than the rest, because he was hard of hearing.

Edward Beach, the father, stated that he sent the boy to Mr. Simmons, on Monday, for orders, and that he only socked his head, and that he used him as he did the others.

The Coroner told this witness that there was no doubt in the minds of the jury that his cruelty was the cause of the poor boy’s drowning himself, and that in the eyes of God he was no doubt guilty of the boy’s death.

Verdict, "That the deceased drowned himself, being under the age of discretion."

It was stated that the father was an illiterate, violent man, and that his conduct has always been very cruel towards his wife and children.


Sevenoaks Chronicle and Kentish Advertiser 11 February 1949.


No opposition was offered to applications for full licences made by Henry Sawyer, "Star and Garter," Golden Green.



RING George 1871+ (also Farmer & Dealer widower age 66 in 1871Census)

JEFFERY Edward 1881-91+ (also Master Blacksmith age 43 in 1881Census)

MORPHEW George 1901-03+ (age 58 in 1901Census)

KEMP Noah 1918-38+

SAWYER Henry 1949+




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