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PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Paul Skelton

Earliest 1500

Bell

Open 2022+

The Street

Bredhurst

01634 239239

https://whatpub.com/bell

Bell 1908

Above postcard circa 1908, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Bell 1910

Above photo, circa 1910. Kindly sent by Jason Kemsley.

Bell 1978

Above photo date 1978, from www.Flickr.com by Ben Levick.

Bell 2013

Above photo 2013 by Malc McDonald Creative Commons Licence.

Bell 2013

Above photo 2013 by Malc McDonald Creative Commons Licence.

 

The building is believed to have been built in about 1500.

The census of 1901 gives John Cooper as licensee, and Jan Riley says that the inscription on his headstone says he died in the "Bell" on 7 October 1910.

The pub was supplied by Maidstone brewery Style and Winch in 1910.

Latest information says the pub is currently closed but has just been sold to Green King who are renovating the building and it should be open again in 2017. It is stated the building changed hands for 1 million.

 

Southeastern Gazette, 8 February 1853.

PIGEON SHOOTING. TO BE SHOT FOR.

AT the "Bell Inn," Bredhurst, on Wednesday, 2nd March, TWO FAT HOGS, as first and second prizes; twenty members at 7s. 6d. each, 3 birds each, 21 yards rise. Shot limited to l 1/2 oz. The boundary to be pointed out. Gun below the elbow. No members entered over seven miles distant.

A good Ordinary will be provided at the above Inn, at Five o’clock, by William Johnson.

A good supply of the best blue rock pigeons, by Barber.

No guns allowed in the field except those used by the competitors in the match.

 

South Eastern Gazette, 17 April, 1860.

BREDHURST. Attempted Suicide.

On Tuesday last, William Watts, a labourer, 57, of Sutton Valence, left his home in a desponding state of mind, and on Thursday he went to the "Bell Inn," Bredhurst, and while there cut his throat.

Dr. Ponfold, of Rainham, was immediately sent for, but although Watts is not dead, it is not expected that he will recover.

 

From the https://www.kentonline.co.uk By Nicola Jordan, 31 December 2014.

The Bell pub in Bredhurst to get major makeover after being snapped

One of Medway’s oldest pubs, The Bell in Bredhurst, is closed for major refurbishment.

The Green King brewery has bought the village pub which, according to a commercial property website, was on the market for 1 million.

A brewery spokesman said: “We are pleased to announce we have purchased The Bell and will be turning the pub into one of our popular family-led pubs.

Bell 2014

The Bell pub, The Street, Bredhurst.

"We have plans to invest substantially in this pub and ensure that it remains a thriving community hub.

“All team members have been offered and accepted roles within our Greene King pubs in the area until The Bell is restored and able to reopen again.”

The planned reopening would be “early in the new year” but the firm could not be precise due to the listed building status.

The hostelry dates back to 1500 and is Grade 11 listed. Extensions to the pub, which stands in more than an acre of land, were added in the 17th and 19th centuries.

 

The pub was opened again by 2019.

 

LICENSEE LIST

JOHNSON William 1851-82+ (also farmer age 63 in 1881Census)

PARKER William 1891-1900+

COOPER John 1901-03+ (age 52 in 1901Census) Kelly's 1903

MONDAY James 1901-22+ (age 42 in 1911Census)

RAYFIELD Gordon 1938+

RAYFIELD Percy Gordon 1954+

https://pubwiki.co.uk/Bell.shtml

 

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903

CensusCensus

 

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