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PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Paul Skelton

Earliest 1871-

Bullfinch

Open 2020+

London Road

Riverhead

01732 455107

https://whatpub.com/bullfinch

Unknown pub in Riverhead

Above photo showing the "Bullfinch" pub in Riverhead. Circa 1880.

Bullfinch

Above postcard, circa 1880, a black and white one of the above.

Bullfinch 2013

Above image from Google 2011.

Bullfinch 2011

Above image from Google 2011.

Bullfince 2015

Above photo kindly supplied by Eric Hartland, 11 January 2015.

Bullfinch sign 1993

Above sign May 1993

Bullfinch sign 2008Bullfinch sign 2008

Above sign left and right June 2008.

With thanks from Brian Curtis www.innsignsociety.com.

Bullfinch sign pre 2015Bullfinch sign

Above sign left 1960s. Sign right, date unknown but this sign has recently (October 2016) been auctioned in a place called Cedar, Michigan, USA, and had a starting price of $2,700.

 

It is said that the original owner of the pub in the 16th century was called a Mr. Bull Finch, hence the name of the pub.

In the 1880s the pub bordered the boundary of Major F. B. Baden Powell's garden, facing the watercress beds on the corner by the telegraph poles.

 

From Sevenoaks Chronicle and Kentish Advertiser 14 June 1889.

BEERHOUSE TO LET

The "Bullfinch," Riverhead. An old established business, doing good trade, and in good repair, 8 Rooms, and large and well stocked garden. Rent 25 per annum.

Apply to Mr. Bowles, the "Bullfinch," Riverhead, Sevenoaks, Kent.

 

From Kent & Sussex Courier 17 June 1904.

SEVENOAKS PETTY SESSIONS.

The Bench examined and passed plans for alterations to the "Bullfinch," Riverhead.

 

Sevenoaks Chronicle and Kentish Advertiser 25 May 1906.

RIVERHEAD. A FALL FROM A SWING.

A lad named Weeks, living at Bethel Road, St. John's, Sevenoaks, met with a serious accident at Riverhead on Monday evening last. Between 8 and 9 a.m.

Weeks was enjoying himself in a swing boat, erected at a travelling fair belonging to Messrs. Body, in a field at Riverhead, when he fell out and broke his ankle. He was conveyed to the "Bullfinch" Public House, Riverhead, where Drs. Sterry and Jellicoe attended to his injury, and he was subsequently taken home in a cab.

 

Sevenoaks Chronicle and Kentish Advertiser 07 December 1906.

LICENSING BUSINESS.

The license of the "Bullfinch," Riverhead, was transferred to Mr. Patrick Lowry, who has been in the army, from Mr. Thomas John Killick.

 

LICENSEE LIST

FINCH Bull Mr 1600's (owner)

BOWLES Harriett 1871+ (age 54 in 1871Census)

BOWLES William W 1881-Aug/1889 (also carpenter & joiner age 41 in 1881Census)

TOWNSEND Bill Aug/1889-1901+ (age 60 in 1901Census)

TOWNSEND Mrs June/1903+

MUNN Henry to Nov/1904 Kent and Sussex Courier

KILLICK Thomas John Nov/1904+ Kent and Sussex Courier

LOWRY Patrick to Dec/1906

KILLICK Thomas John Dec/1906+

LORWY Patrick to Sept 1908 Kent and Sussex Courier

LINGFIELD William Henry Sept/1908+

 

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