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PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Paul Skelton

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Bridges

Open 2019

Horton Road

South Darenth

01322 860588

https://www.whatpub.com/bridges

Bridges

Photo date unknown from http://www.flickr.com by Nigel Chatfield.

Bridges 2017

Above photo, kindly taken and sent by Ian Goodrick, August 2017.

 

The viaduct saw its first trains in July 1858 when the East Kent Railway extended its line from Strood to Bromley, and comprises ten arches within an overall length of approximately 390 foot. The viaduct became a key strategic target for the Luftwaffe during 1941 air raids as the route was instrumental in conveying troops and supplies to Dover. One bombing mission during that year did set out to destroy the mass of arches, but the explosives were unsuccessful in reaching their target.

Formerly known as the "Sun" the pub changed name when Wayne and Sarah Bridges took over the pub prior to 2010.

 

Information from http://www.newsshopper.co.uk 23 August 2010.

SOUTH DARENTH: Former wrestler and bodybuilder wife against 'crippling' road closure

A FORMER wrestling champion and his bodybuilder wife are leading a village campaign against a road closure which they say is “blighting their lives”.

Bridges licencees 2011

Kent Highway Services (KHS) has closed part of Horton Road in South Darenth while developer Fairview New Homes Ltd builds 235 houses and flats on the site of a former mill.

But business owners and residents say the road closure is crippling the village, and want KHS to re-open the road with temporary traffic lights to control the flow of vehicles.

Former wrestler Wayne Bridges, aged 60, and his wife Sarah, aged 38, a bodybuilding champion, own The Bridges pub and say the road closure, at the junction of New Road, is "crippling" business.

Mr Bridges, who wrestled for American powerhouse WWE in the 1980s and has owned the pub for 13 years, said: “My customers can't get here because of the road closure.

“Since the road closure began in January, my takings have been down 5,000 a month from last year. I'll go out of business if the road does not open again by the end of the year.”

When Fairview got planning permission from Sevenoaks District Council, a condition was that the facade of the old mill remained in place for historic reasons.

Fairview has placed concrete supports around the facade to protect it during construction, and a KHS spokesman said this means there is “inadequate width for the road to remain open safely”.

But Mr Bridges says the road is wide enough for one-way traffic, and has asked KHS to remove the barriers and introduce traffic lights instead.

The KHS spokesman said the road is expected to be re-opened in October or November.

For Andrew Barrett, who lives in New Road, the road closure could have been fatal, as when he had a stroke five weeks ago the ambulance could not get through the barriers.

He said: “The ambulance had to turn around and find another way to Darent Valley Hospital, which added five minutes onto the journey.”

The 71-year-old added: “According to Kent Highway Services, someone from Fairview on the construction site is supposed to open the barrier for the emergency services.

“It was just after 9am, but nobody came out to open the barrier. If it happens again with someone who is critically ill, they could die because of the time wasted at the barrier.”

Mr Barrett was in hospital for two days and made a full recovery. Nobody from Fairview was available to comment.

 

Project 2014 has been started to try and identify all the pubs that are and have ever been open in Kent. I have just added this pub to that list but your help is definitely needed regarding it's history.

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BRIDGES Wayne & Sarah 2010+

 

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