Sort file:- Bromley, December, 2021.

Page Updated:- Monday, 27 December, 2021.


Earliest ????

Bird in Hand

Latest 2009+

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Bird in Hand Road / Bickley Road



Bird in Hand

Above postcard, date unknown.

Bird in Hand 1907

Above photo, circa 1907, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Bird in Hand 2009

Above photo 2009.

Bird in Hand 2008

Above photo 2008.

Bird in Hand 2008

Above photo 2009.

Bird in the Hand sign 1991Bird in Hand sign 2009

Above sign left November 1991, sign right 2009.

With thanks from Brian Curtis


Kentish Chronicle 04 February 1865.


An inquest was recently held by Mr. Carttar, coroner, at the "Bird-in-Hand" public-house, Widmore, near Bromley, Kent, on Matthew Prince, aged fifty, a mason, employed at the Bickley station of the London, Chatham, and Dover Railway. He had occasion to leave his work and proceed down the line some distance, and was observed returning walking in the six-foot way between the two lines of rails. At the same time the 11.45 a.m. express train from Dover was observed approaching, and the deceased, who would have been perfectly safe had he remained where he was, was seen to turn round towards the direction of the train, the engine of which struck and hurled him a considerable distance, causing almost instant death. There was no blame attributable to the engine-driver. Verdict Accidental Death.


The road was renamed from Bird in Hand Road to Bickley Road, and for a short time the pub may have changed name to the "Bickley" as well, although this may have just been the locals name for it, possible at the same time as the road change or perhaps after the following stabbings, before being closed and converted into residential use.


From the By Daily Mail Reporter. 28 May 2008.

Five men stabbed after 'Wild West' bar brawl leaves pub 'looking like an abattoir'.

Two men are fighting for their lives and three others are recovering from knife wounds after a Wild West-style brawl left a pub looking like an 'abattoir'.

The Bank Holiday violence erupted in he "Bird In Hand" pub in Bromley, Kent, when two gangs of middle-aged men clashed in a row over drugs.

The fighting began when eight white men rushed into the bar of the modern pub at 6.30pm on Monday and attacked six men drinking there.

One group jumped over the bar and pushed the lone barmaid aside before going into the pub kitchen and grabbing chef's knives.

One witness described a scene of utter carnage as the two groups used knives, bar stools, pool cues and pint glasses to attack each other.

The frightened customer said: 'One moment it was pretty quiet and the next it was like something out of the Wild West.

'A group of about eight blokes came rushing through the door and it went off big style. There were fists flying and glasses being used.

'I saw one bloke hitting another with a broom over his head and others scrambling behind the bar. I could see some people with knives.

'They were stabbing at each other with these long knives. It was unbelievable. People were running away in panic, trying to get out the pub.'

Another witness said: 'My wife and I decided to leave after a group of men walked in and we could feel the tension building within the pub".'

The owners, who have young children and only took over the pub earlier this year, were upstairs when the stabbings occurred. They were told to lock their doors by frightened staff who escaped into the pub garden.

The incident - which comes just days after the murder of 18-year-old Harry Potter star Robert Knox in nearby Sidcup - lasted for five minutes.

An eyewitness reported how an innocent young couple fled for their lives and scrambled over a six foot fence to escape the mob violence.

'I saw this young couple who had just popped in for a pint sprinting out of the fire escape. They were petrified and ran to the pub garden,' he said.

'The door to the garden seemed to be locked so they climbed up and over the wall. It must have been six feet high but they were so scared they did it.

'People were cowering in corners or running into the garden to get away. The violence was horrific, like nothing I have ever seen.

'The two groups were trying to kill each other and they didn't mind who got in the way.'

Fighting continued in the pub's kitchen, which was left a bloody mess.

One person who saw the pub after the violence revealed: 'There was blood everywhere in the kitchen.

'There was pools of blood lying on the floor and streaks of it up all the wall. It looked like an abattoir. There was also bloody knives.

'The main bar was left a complete wreck. The floor was covered in glass and broken bar stools.

'All the optics behind the bar had been smashed - there was absolutely nothing left complete. The place had been effectively demolished inside.'

Two men suffered gaping abdominal wounds but managed to stagger out of the pub into its car park. They collapsed yards from each other.

An eyewitness said: 'They had horrific wounds to their stomachs. They were clutching themselves. A friend was pushing a coat over the wound to try and stem the blood.

'Another man - aged in his late thirties - was lying next to him bleeding heavily. He had a horrific stomach wound.

'Both of them were in a horrible way and were going in and out of consciousness. They were moaning and were obviously in agony.'

Five men were being treated for serious stab wounds at Farnborough Hospital and Queen Mary's Hospital last night. Two are in a critical condition.

Police and paramedics who rushed to the scene found a third man slumped by the side of the pub. He had suffered multiple stab wounds.

There were about 25 customers in the pub when the trouble started. Normally, it would be crowded with young families eating in the restaurant. But the torrential rain and winds had kept customers away on what would normally be one of the busiest days of the year.

Police are working on the theory that the battle was a result of a turf war over drugs. A number of the suspects have convictions for drug offences.

From the 3 June 2009.

BICKLEY: Three jailed over Bird In Hand pub fight.

THREE men have been jailed for a total of 13 years after a pub fight in Bickley in which five people were stabbed.

Blood was said to be “everywhere” after the incident at The Bird in Hand, Bird in Hand Lane, on May 26 last year.

During a six-week trial at Croydon Crown Court, the jury heard how two groups of men arranged to fight at the pub.

Five people were stabbed, including defendants Dean Bagnall and Bernard King, who were both knifed by 36-year-old co-defendant Anthony Seagar.

The fracas unfolded as landlady Susan Malaley was upstairs putting her three-year-old daughter to bed.

Speaking to the News Shopper days after the fight, the 40-year-old said: "It's a nice pub and we've never had trouble before.

"I called the police when I heard the noise - it sounded like an almighty row.

"I went downstairs and saw blood everywhere. It was like carnage.”

Seagar, from Maidstone, was given a nine-year sentence after being found guilty of violent disorder and two charges of GBH with intent.

Bagnall, aged 44, of Faringdon Avenue, Bromley, was found guilty of violent disorder and given a two-year sentence.

King, aged 48, of Beblets Close, Orpington, was found guilty of the same charge and also jailed for two years.

Sentencing the three men, Judge Stephen Waller said “the police investigation team had been met by a wall of silence from all concerned”.

He added this was “quite clearly an expected and prearranged fight” between the two groups.

Investigating officer Detective Inspector Paul White said: "This incident was particularly savage and would have been frightening for those people in the premises who, through no fault of their own, were caught up in it.

“We are pleased with the convictions and the sentences handed down to those found guilty of their involvement.

“The sentences passed will serve as a warning that this type of behaviour is unacceptable and will not be tolerated in a civilised society."

Six other defendants were found not guilty at the trial.

Tyrone Seagar, aged 31, of Wellington Road, Bromley, was charged with violent disorder and GBH.

Asad Ahmed, aged 28, of Harwood Avenue, Bromley; Grant Debell, aged 32, of Nightingale Lane, Bromley, and 29-year-old Andrew Owen, of Southborough Lane, Bromley, were charged with violent disorder.

Mark Brown (also known as Mark Ripley), aged 30, of Ashgrove Road, Bromley, and Christian Lordan, aged 33, of Knotley Way, West Wickham, were also charged with violent disorder.

Paul Morgan will be tried at a later date after failing to appear for the trial.

The 32-year-old, of Lions Close, Mottingham, is charged with violent disorder and possessing an offensive weapon.



JESSOP Charles 1844-51+ (age 70 in 1851Census but not shown as a licensed house)

HEVELOCK Charles 1861+ (age 39 in 1861Census)

WILES George 1862-81+ (age 74 in 1881Census)

CRUICKSHANK Alexander 1891-92+ (age 48 in 1891Census)

COCKWELL John Down 1903+ Kelly's 1903

ASH Charles W 1918+

MARSHALL Thomas Middleton 1930+

COPPIN Charles S 1938-39+ (age 45 in 1939)

MALALEY Susan 2008+


Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903



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