Sort file:- Sevenoaks, August, 2023.

Page Updated:- Monday, 14 August, 2023.


Earliest 1828-

Bricklayer's Arms

Closed 1908

48 High Street


Former Bricklayers 1959

Above postcard, circa 1959, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Former Bricklayers 1958

Above postcard, circa 1958, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Former Bricklayers 1968

Above postcard, circa 1968, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Former Bricklayers 2009

Above Google image, October 2009.

Bricklayer's Arms premises 2017

Above photo, 2017.


I have found reference to another "Bricklayer's Arms" Sandy lane in the Sevenoaks area from the 1881 census.

The "Bricklayer's Arms" was, until 1898, the headquarters of the Sevenoaks Rifle Volunteers, but later served jointly as a restaurant and a Christian Science reading room.


From the Kentish Gazette, 18 April 1843.


April 5, at Sevenoaks, Mr. Thomas Welstead, for nearly twenty years landlord of the "Bricklayers Arms Inn."


Southeastern Gazette, 29 March 1853.

SEVENOAKS. Coroner's Inquest.

An inquest was held on Thursday last, by J. N. Dudlow, Esq., coroner, at the "Bricklayers’ Arms Inn," in this town, to investigate the cause of the death of G. Dimoline, of 16, Marsham-street, Maidstone, pianoforte tuner, &c., who was found on Wednesday morning suspended to a bedstead by his handkerchief, quite dead. Mr. A. Harris, landlord of the above inn, stated that the deceased was at his house on Tuesday evening, in company with some others of the town, and drank spirits and water so that he was a little the worse for liquor; he went to bed about twelve o’clock, telling Mr. Harris he would breakfast with him in the morning;. Mr. Harris wished to know if he should wait for the candle; deceased said "No," and pulled off his coat and waistcoat. Harris then left him, and in the morning, about eight o’clock, knocked at the bed-room door, but received no answer. In a few minutes ho went again, and receiving no answer he opened the door and found the deceased as described. From evidence given by Mr. Anquetil, who had been to Maidstone and seen his wife, it appeared that the deceased was in distressed circumstances, brought on by drinking and gaming. Verdict, "Temporary insanity."

Through remarks made by some of the jury to the witnesses, there is no doubt that a system carried on in the shape of gambling at Sevenoaks requires the interference of the magistrates.


From the Maidstone Telegraph, Rochester and Chatham Gazette, Saturday 28 January,1860. Price 1d.


On Tuesday, at the magistrates' clerk's office, before W. Lambarde, Esq., an impeccable-looking young fellow, who gave his name as William Potter, was charged with burglariously breaking into the house of John Meekham, at Sevenoaks, and stealing a quantity of sweetmeats, oranges and walnuts, to the value of 10s. It appeared that the prosecutor keeps a small shop opposite to the office where the examination took place. He went to bed at half-past eleven on the previous night, when the door was made secure, but there were no shutters to the window (which did not open) in which the articles were exposed for sale. On coming down the next morning, shortly after six o'clock, he saw that two panes had been broken in the window and a quantity of things were gone. His wife, who stated that sis bottles and two glasses containing sweets had been abstracted, gave information to Supt. Colman, who went immediately in pursuit of the delinquent. Seeing the prisoner standing near the “Bricklayer's Arms” public-house, he asked him what were the contents of a handkerchief had had in his hand, when he was informed that it was bread. On searching it, however, he found that it contained a large quantity of sweetmeats, &c., which the wife of the prosecutor identified as being similar to those taken during the night. As they passed Meekham's house the superintendent told the prisoner the charge; when he said he knew that he had done it. There was a second charge against the prisoner stealing a silk handkerchief and a boy's worsted net, the property of Alfred Blackman, of Sevenoaks. It appeared that Mrs. Blackman saw the articles, with several others, on the line in the garden at about nine o'clock on the previous night, and the next morning they were gone. She gave information to the superintendent, and it turned out that the handkerchief in which the prisoner had the proceeds of the previous robbery was the missing one; the net was also found on him. The prisoner, who had nothing to say, was committed on both charges to the assizes.


From the Maidstone Telegraph, Rochester and Chatham Gazette, Saturday 17 March, 1860. Price 1d.


William Potter, for having, on the 16th January, broke into a shop in Sevenoaks, and stole therefrom a quantity of walnuts and other articles.

Mr. Ribton prosecuted.

On the morning of the robbery prisoner was seen by Superintendent Coleman near the “Bricklayer's Arms”. He had with him a bundle and in it was found part of the missing property, and on being charged with the offence, he said he knew he had done it. The prisoner was found guilty and sentenced to twelve months' hard labour.


Maidstone Telegraph, Rochester and Chatham Gazette, Saturday 8th September 1860.

Sevenoaks Petty sessions, Friday.

This be in the annual licensing day, there was a large attendance of licensed victuallers, and the whole of the licences, with a few exceptions, were renewed without comment. With reference to the "Bricklayers Arms," Sevenoaks, Superintendent Colman stated that the landlord was consistently in the habit of getting drunk, and the magistrates consequently refused to renew the licence.


Maidstone Telegraph, Rochester and Chatham Gazette, Saturday 6th October 1860.

Sevenoaks. Petty Sessions.

Anthony Harris, late of the "Bricklayers Arms" public house, Sevenoaks, was charged with assaulting Byford, K.C.C.

Find 2, and the expenses, or in default a fortnight.


Maidstone Telegraph, Rochester and Chatham Gazette, Saturday 6th October 1860.

The licence of the "Bricklayers Arms," Sevenoaks, which was refused at the last licensing day to Mr. Anthony Harris, was granted to Mr. Henry Smith.


Sevenoaks Chronicle and Kentish Advertiser 27 July 1888.

William Honywill, the "Brickleyers' Arms," Sevenoaks, was granted an occasional license for the amalgamated fete, at Sevenoaks, on Bank Holiday.


Globe, Thursday 22 October 1908.

Extinction of Licenses.

Kent Licensing Committee yesterday awarded nearly 20,000 as compensation for the extinction of the licences of 23 public houses situated in the western and mid-division of Kent.

The following were among the sums awarded.

"New Inn," Frindsbury, Rochester, 1,382;

"Plumber's Arms," Sevenoaks, 1,578;

"Man o' Kent," Luton Road, Chatham, 1,058;

"Bricklayer's Arms," High Street, Sevenoaks, 1,041;

"Forester's Arms," High Street, Beckenham, 1,374;

"White Horse," Deptford Road, Dartford, 995.


I am informed by Mike Boulter that the pub closed around 1908 and became a coal merchants, later on and until 1973/74 it was operating as the "Top of the Town" restaurant (the postcards suggest it was called "Top O' The Hill") which was visited by the Beatles whilst filming in Knole Park. Later still it operated as a Cheshire Home Charity Shop, then it was bought by Mike's father where it was used as an accountants' office till 2015.



WELSTEAD Thomas 1828-5/Apr/43 dec'd (age 45 in 1841Census) Pigot's Directory 1828-29Pigot's Directory 1832-34

HARRIS Anthony 1851-Sept/60 (age 37 in 1851Census)

SMITH Henry Oct/1860+

CHARLTON Edward 1871-81+ (age 45 in 1871Census)

WALLIS Albert 1882+

DOCKER John to Nov/1887 Sevenoaks Chronicle

CREASEY William Nov/1887+ Sevenoaks Chronicle

HONYWILL William George 1888-91+

MEAD George H 1903+ Kelly's 1903


Pigot's Directory 1828-29From the Pigot's Directory 1828-29

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

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903

Sevenoaks ChronicleSevenoaks Chronicle and Kentish Advertiser



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