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PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Paul Skelton

Earliest 1891-

Granville

Open 2020+

Street End

Heppington Hill (1891Census)

Lower Hardres

01227 700402

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Granville 1918

Above photo circa 1918, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Granville 1960

Above photo, August 1960, kindly sent by Clive Bowley.

Granville 1963

Above photo, March 1963, kindly sent by Clive Bowley.

Granville 2010

Above photo 2010 by Oast House Archives Creative Commons Licence.

Granville 2015

Above photo, October 2015, kindly taken and sent by Doug Pratt.

Granville 2015

Above photo, October 2015, kindly taken and sent by Doug Pratt.

Granville sign 1987Granville sign 1991

Above sign left, March 1987, sign right, July 1991.

Granville sign 1993Granville sign 2011

Above sign left, July 1993, sign right, 2011.

With thanks from Brian Curtis www.innsignsociety.com.

 

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 https://www.kentlive.news By Lauren MacDougall, 25 June 2018.

8 Shepherd Neame pubs in Kent have been recognised in the brewery's annual awards.

The Faversham brewery has held its annual awards - and plenty of pubs in Kent cleaned up at the special ceremony.

Shepherd Neame has announced the winners of its annual pub awards, with eight of its 322 pubs and hotels across London and the South East taking home prizes.

The awards were announced in a ceremony at the Conningbrook Hotel, Ashford on Tuesday, June 19 and honour pubs from all over the county, from Dover to Canterbury.

Shepherd Neame chief executive Jonathan Neame said: “This has been a year of record investment in our pub estate, as we aim to attract our customers through great design, to excite them with a superb offer and to retain them by providing a memorable experience.

“These awards are aimed at recognising the hard work, dedication, and creativity of our licensees, managers and staff, and celebrating excellence in our industry.”

This pub picked up one of the awards...

Granville presentation 2018

(l-r) Jim Cleaver and Charlotte Hogben from the Granville receive the award from Jonathan Neame.

The award for Best Pub Food went to The Granville in Canterbury. Since licensee Jim Cleaver took on the pub two years ago, trade has doubled.

Jim is an award-winning chef who has catered for celebrities including the Rolling Stones, U2, Oasis, Blur and Take That. He has introduced a delicious new menu of traditional pub classics with a contemporary twist, using local ingredients wherever possible.

The pub is now featured in the Good Food Guide, and its Sunday Roast has won national acclaim.

Jim said: “We are passionate about food so it is fantastic to win this award. Our aim is to use the best local produce to create dishes that are imaginative but still affordable. We have a fantastic team of staff at the Granville and I’m so pleased that their hard work has been recognised.”

 

From an email received 3 March 2019.

There is still a man alive in Shepherdswell who witnessed an event that occurred in the Battle of Britain in 1940 when as a boy he was stood outside the "Granville" pub at Street End.

A German Me 109 fighter landed in the field across the road from the pub and the pilot taken into captivity by the local Home Guard. The German pilot was purple with rage as he had run out of fuel and blamed his ground crew in France of tampering with his fuel gage. He was obviously unpopular and they decided to get rid of him etc. The man who told me this story is 100% honest.

(Les Wooldridge of Westcourt Lane)

Les told me today that he was aged 10 in 1940 and well remembers the incident. At least 4 Home Guard soldiers (not in any uniforms, but armed with rifles) ran out of the Granville Pub and formed up in a semi circle around the crashed aircraft with levelled rifles. The German Pilot refused to unlock the glass cockpit cover and leave the aircraft to become a prisoner of war. This went on for a good few minutes and Les laughed today at the bad language of the Home Guard lads shouting “We will f======= shoot you etc. unless you surrender.”

Looking at the cockpit layout of a ME 109 the fuel gauge is calibrated from 1 to 4 so I estimate the full fuel load would be 50 litres. The German spelling for litres is different than ours.

ME 109 fighter cockpit

There is a sequel to the German ME 109 landing opposite the Granville in Lower Hardres. The plane was undamaged and put on display at Barrett’s Garage in Canterbury by the Westgate Towers for the public to view and contribute money to the Spitfire Fund. I don’t know the date of when this was but a single German Dive Bomber sent on it’s own attacked Barrett’s Garage and destroyed the building and the German fighter inside.

I was told in the 1960’s by work colleagues that there was a rumour circulating all through the war that there was a German Spy operating in Canterbury and that he was never caught. Obviously the destruction of Barrett’s Garage on the corner of Pound Lane and St Peters Street was the result of information given to the German Air force for them to execute the raid and prove the rumour to be true.

From Bill Atkins.

 

LICENSEE LIST

CAREY Henry 1891+ (age 61 in 1891Census)

MANAGHAM Joseph 1903+ Kelly's 1903

CLEAVER Jim 2016-18+

 

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903

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