Page Updated:- Monday, 27 February, 2023.


Earliest 1828-


Closed 2011



Chequers 1905

Above postcard, circa 1905, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.


Above postcard date unknown, with kind permission from Eric Hartland.

Chequers 1907

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

Chequers 1908

Above postcard, circa 1908, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Chequers 1908

Above postcard, circa 1908, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Chequers 1913

Above postcard, circa 1913. Kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Chequers 1920

Above postcard circa 1920, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.


Above postcard, date unknown. Kind permission from Eric Hartland.

Chequers Inn 2011 Chequers Inn 2011

Above photos, date 2011.


Also been known as "Ye Olde Chequers" at some time before they decided to drop Ye Olde bit.

I am informed the pub was up for sale in 2011 as shown in the top picture, and was boarded up a couple of months later as shown from the bottom one. It now appears closed, May 2014.


Former Chequers Inn 2014

Above photo, May 2014, kindly sent by Erik Hartland.

Chequers sign 1978

Above sign 1978.


Local knowledge, further pictures, and licensee information would be appreciated.

I will be adding the historical information when I find or are sent it, but this project is a very big one, and I do not know when or where the information will come from.

All emails are answered.


From the Maidstone Telegraph, Rochester and Chatham Gazette, 5 October 1861.

Endorsement of Licenses.

The licence of the "Chequers Inn," Ightham, refused at the previous sitting (the annual licensing day) to the then landlord, Mark Holland, was now endorsed to John Luxford.


From the By Karen Rockett, 8 November 2015.

Len Goodman snaps up a village pub for a cool 1 million and turns it into his home.

The Strictly judge has finally won planning permission to turn the boozer into a family home.

Strictly judge Len Goodman has bought a Grade II-listed village pub and turned it into his home.

He won planning permission to convert the 15th century Chequers Inn at Ightham, Kent.

It has a colourful history. As well as a coaching inn it has been a counting house, post office, auction room, coroner's office, trading post and even jail.

Len, 71, was spotted limping in the village after recent knee surgery which forced him to sit in a special chair on the show.

But once he is fit the 4,000 sq ft of living space in his home - thought to be worth around 800,000 - will give him and his wife, dance teacher Sue Barrett, plenty of room to waltz.

And the house's former use as a pub is not totally lost. It still has a beer cellar if Len fancies a tipple.



STREETER William 1828+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29 (father of William of the "Spring Tavern" in Wrotham.)

DICKENS George 1832+ Pigot's Directory 1832-34

TURNER James 1840+ Pigot's Directory 1840

DUDSWELL/DADSWELL Edward 1841-51+ (age 35 in 1841Census)

LUCK Richard 1858+

LUXFORD John Oct/1861+ Maidstone Telegraph

BRIGGS Henry 1862-74+ (age 47 in 1871Census)

BASSETT George 1881+ (age 29 in 1881Census)

PARSONS Henry 1891-Apr/92 (age 37 in 1891Census) Thanet Advertiser

BARBER Frederick Apr/1892+ Thanet Advertiser

BURNICOTT William 1901+ (age 54 in 1901Census)

THOMPSON Robert John 1903+ Kelly's 1903

HILLS H H 1905+

MANSFIELD Albert 1913+

WALTER William H 1918-22+

RIX Arthur 1930+

WHYMAN Victor H 1938+

GOODMAN Ron & Margaret 1970+


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

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

Pigot's Directory 1840From the Pigot's Directory 1840

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903

Thanet AdvertiserThanet Advertiser

Maidstone TelegraphMaidstone Telegraph


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