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Earliest ????

Harrow Inn

Open 2020+

South Street/Hill Green Road


1795 843222


Above photo, date unknown, kindly sent by Mark Jennings.

Harrow Inn

Above postcard, date unknown, kindly sent by Ben Plant.

Harrow 2008

Above photo 2008 by David Antiss Creative Commons Licence.

Harrow sign 1988Harrow sign 1992

Above sign left, 1988, sign right, August 1992.

Harrow sign 1992Harrow sign 1992

Above signs 1992.

Harrow sign 1992Harrow sign 1992

Above signs 1992.

With thanks from Brian Curtis

Harrow sign 2011Harrow sign 2018

Above sign left 2011. Sign right, 2018 by Ben Plant.

Harrow 1986

Above photo, 1986, kindly sent by Ben Plant.

Harrow 2018

Above photo, 3 September 2018, kindly taken and sent by Ben Plant.

Harrow 2018

Above photo, 3 September 2018, kindly taken and sent by Ben Plant.


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 East Kent Gazette, 23 March 1912.

For Sale, Mare (Black Welsh), 15 hands, suitable for van work. W. G. Russell, The "Harrow Inn," Stockbury,


East Kent Gazette, 6 July 1912.

Venturesome Ride Down Stockbury Hill.

An accident caused by venturing to cycle down a steep Hill at Stochbury, with only one break on the machine, set up injuries and shock which ended fatally. The cyclist was Mr. John William Ruler, age 75 years, who for the past two years had lived in retirement at York Cottage, South Street, Stochbury. For 20-years Mr. Ruler had been employed as an engine fitter in Chatham Dockyard. On his retirement he received the gratuity from the dockyard, and a pension from the Amalgamated Society of Engineers. He have been twice married, and he leaves a family who are all married, and are settled in different parts of the world. Mr. Ruler was an ardent abstainer, and he used frequently to speak at temperance meetings. He was also a non-smoker and a vegetarian.

The circumstances which lead up to his death were investigated on Tuesday evening, at the "Harrow Inn," Stockbury, before Mr. C. B. Harris, county coroner, and the following jury:- Messr's. Shirley Hales (foreman), G. J. Giles, B. Parsons, G. Turner, W. Palmer, W. Price, W. G. Russell, C. Hales, E. Conley, E. Seager, J. W. Bolton, F. Spratt, and C. Hughes.

Mrs. Emily Ruler, the Widow, gave evidence of identification, and then went on to say that soon after 10 o'clock on the morning of Wednesday, June 19th, the deceased left home to cycle to Sittingbourne. He have been used to cycling for a number of years. He was brought back home about 11 o'clock, having met with an accident. He told her that he was cycling down Honeycrock Hill, near Stockbury Church, and it was rather a bad Hill. He had only one brake, and that was on the hind wheel. Witness said her husband and taken away the brake on the front wheel to put on a new carrier.
Asked by the Coroner if the deceased had had an accident before, Mrs. Ruler replied in the affirmative. She said he was going down Detling Hill on the previous week, to meet her at Maidstone, and he nearly fell off then. He said the machine wobbled, and he nearly had an accident. Witness explained that he had taken off the front brake nearly a month before.

Confining herself to the accident in question, Mrs. Ruler said the deceased told her that he was thrown off. He said the machine wobbled, just as it did when he was going down Detling Hill. He told her that he lost control of the machine, and was thrown off.

The Coroner:- I see there are several spokes on the front wheel gone, and marks on the toe of his boots, as if his foot caught in it did he say anything about that?

Witness:- He said the spokes were gone, but he did not know anything about it.

Continuing Mrs. Ruler said the deceased was much shaken, but was quite conscious. He was brought home by Mr. Moss and another man. He complained of pains in the groin. There were no bruises, but there was a deep cut on the left elbow.

The Coroner:- He did not run into anything, or anything running to him?

No, sir.

He only said he wobbled and fell off?


He described it as a pure accident?


How did he come to ride the machine after the accident at Detling?

Mrs. Ruler said her husband seemed all right before he started. he cycled to Newington the day before the accident. The deceased kept his bed; but he always complained about his groin; and he died at 2:30 a.m. on Monday.

The coroner:- Are you quite satisfied that it was a accident?

Yes. That was how he described it to me.

Dr. a. E. McAnally, of Newington, stated that it was called to see the deceased on June 19th, and he found him lying on the sofa, groaning considerably from pain in the left hip and thigh. There was also a punctured wound, the size of a shilling, on the left elbow. There was no injury to his foot, as though he had put his foot to the spokes. The deceased went on fairly well, except that he complained of being faint whenever he moved. The wound in the arm was healing quite naturally. The doctor added that when he first saw the deceased he was suffering from shock.

The Coroner:- Yes, I expect, having regard to his age.


Continuing, the doctor said the turn for the worse was absolutely sudden. That deceased sat up in bed on Saturday, and witness had a long talk with him. He was told that the deceased died at 2:30 a.m. on Monday.

In answer to the Coroner, Mrs. Ruler said:- He had no idea of dying; not had I. He complained of a pain, and I got some oils and commenced to rub him, when I noticed that he looked strange. I then went for a neighbour, and when I came back found he had gone.

The doctor said he attributed death to sudden heart failure due to shock from the accident and his age. Dr. McAnally said the deceased told him how it happened, and his account of the accident was exactly as he (witness) had heard the widow say.

A son of the deceased was present at the enquiry said his father used to ride with loose bearings.

The Coroner, in summing up, regretted that the deceased did not take the warning given to him when he had the accident at Detling Hill in the previous week.

The jury then returned a verdict to the effect that the deceased died from heart failure, following shock from an accident that was sustained through a fall from a bicycle.


Information taken from their web site:- accessed 3 September 2018.


Stockbury is an ancient village on the North Downs in Kent. The Harrow is situated by the village green – a very central position for Stockbury village life and an easy meeting point. It always has been; just look at the history.

In 1841 this public house was owned by the trustees of Sir John Tilden and occupied by Elizabeth Jennings. Twenty-three years later the trustees of the William Barrow Estate of Borden leased the public house, stables and buildings to Mr. Thomas W. Vallance of the Parish of Lynsted, for one year from October 11th, 1884 at a yearly rent of 22. It was to be used only as a public house and to be kept in good repair. By 1897 the trustees were registered as the William Barrow Charity and they sold all the buildings to James Harcourt Vallance and Henry Osborne Vallance for the sum of 2,000. After that, there is an incomplete record of owners.

The Harrow Style and Winch.

Following Mr. Green came the ‘very popular’ Tim Blackman, who ran a successful darts team. After that the Knights were there for a short while and then Ted and Helen Sedwell took over. During their stay Hattie Jacques, the film actress came to the village to knock down a pile of pennies for charity. She came for no fee and apparently donated a large bottle of gin to the raffle!

Hattie Jacques

The Harrow Pub Darts.

In 1909 the landlord was Edward Crayden, and he was followed by George Henry Windybank in 1915; then by David Bard in 1918, and Arthur Green in 1923, who it is thought remained for about twenty years.

Just as now village clubs abounded; then they were more philanthropic organisations. Now they tend to be sports based; all however end up in the pub and add to the great community spirit of Stockbury.

Kelly’s Directories of 1908 and 1926 record that various clubs and societies, who had their headquarters in The Harrow, regularly held their meetings there. These groups raised money to relieve the sick or provide for relatives of the dead. One of these, in 1908, was The Harrow Hand of Friendship Friendly Society; another The Lily of the Valley Ancient Order of Foresters which had seventy members. Another group was the Stockbury Burial Club for ‘the insurance of children against death,’ which held its meetings of fifty members every fourth Sunday night. The existence of these groups clearly reflects the central role that the inn played in the life of the community.

The Harrow Stockbury 1960.

Here, in the saloon bar of The Harrow are the landlord, Mr. A. J. Sedwell (Ted) and his lady helper, Mrs. Albert Dunk. (from the local paper March 1960) To the left of the picture are the covered shelves of the ‘sandwich bar’!

Ted Sedwell 1960

Mrs. A. Dunk helping the landlord of the Harrow, Mr. A. J. W. Sedwell, pours a drink for a Saturday night customer in the saloon bar.


In 1950 The Reverend ‘Wally’ Edwards made the national news when he held a religious service in the saloon bar, with choir boys and hymn books provided.

Reverend Edwards

In more modern times, from 1964 Norman and Pat Brown ran the pub. During their tenure they took down the dart board, removed the one armed bandit and made the three separate bars into one long one. At this point I should mention exactly how the layout changed.

There was originally three bar and a children's room at the back, the children's room was converted into a kitchen extension which allowed them to start serving a hot menu!

Of the three separate bars, one had a small wooden floor section to the left as you face the pub, where locals gathered after a day on the land, still perhaps in their working clothes. This was reached by the door generally used as the main entrance today. The saloon bar was accessed through a central door (as seen in the 1905 photo) and inside was separated from the smaller bar by a heavy velour curtain.

In the 60s and much of the next three decades, once again The Harrow became a focus for village life, hosting many themed evenings, and Christmas and New Year celebrations. Gradually sandwiches and pork pies were displaced by scampi and chips and gammon and pineapple; then came more sophisticated food and the introduction of a wider selection of wines and aperitifs as in 1983 Chris and Carolyn Plant came to the Harrow and stayed until 2005. The Harrow was growing up and became very popular.

Thereafter various people were responsible for the pub in the next few years, notably a young local woman and her husband for a short while and later a Frenchman, Jean and his partner Lynda who injected a lively flavour into their tenancy, colouring the walls warmly in terracotta and also adding a petanque court into the mix. The game became popular and so they erected lights outside to facilitate late night matches in the summer months. A lively darts team was organised and cricket teas were arranged; weary teams congregating good naturedly in the bar after their matches. Everyone was happy.


The pipe smoking husband, Mr. A. J. W. Sedwell (1960) who is chairman of the village hall committee, plays darts in the village hall.


After that managers came and went leaving the villagers rather shell-shocked and gradually matters went into decline.

In September 2016 the villagers were shocked to discover that the Shepherd Neame brewery had put the village pub, ‘The Harrow’ up for sale. As we were very fond of our little pub, which is a lovely looking local landmark right on the village green in the heart of the village, a group of us decided to act. Following a packed out meeting in the village hall we all decided to ‘save the pub’ and buy it as a village asset. Fortunately, the Parish Council had previously had the pub listed as an Asset of Community Value which made this easier. A committee was formed, a publicity campaign was launched, a Community Benefit Society was formed and what a result, we now have over 120 shareholders who have invested in the pub.

Chris Poret Harrow 2017

Above photo showing campaigner Chris Porter with two characters from the Muppet Show who helped save the pub.

Our aim was to make our traditional English country pub warm and welcoming, a Free House with great beers, fine wines and delicious food sourced from local farms. This aim was achieved as of August 2017. We also expect it will become a place for serving coffees and cakes, teas and snacks and a perfect meeting place to just pop in and socialize with friends, family or just a chat with someone new.

We still welcome investors so if you’d like to become part of this exciting project we’d love you to get in touch with us for more information and for application forms.

Samuel Pendry

Above photo showing licensee 2018, Samuel Pendry.

From the By Lewis Dyson, 28 December 2017.

The Harrow pub in Stockbury wins CAMRA Pub Saving Award.

A plucky band of villagers who saved their local pub from closure have been recognised for their efforts with a national award.

Following months of campaigning, residents of Stockbury purchased The Harrow, a 200-year-old pub that had been put up for sale by brewer Shepherd Neame.

The new owners have now won Campaign for Real Ale’s (CAMRA) Pub Saving Award, which recognises communities that prevented the closure of their local.

Harrow supporters

Supporters to turn The Harrow Pub into a community pub gather outside the premises.

A group of 140 shareholders was invited to invest between 200 and 20,000 in order to secure the 380,000 needed to save the site.

They also secured funding from the Plunkett Foundation and More Than A Pub.

The campaigners raised awareness through various quiz nights, barbecues and village performances.

MP for Faversham and Mid Kent Helen Whately wrote to Jonathan Neame, chief executive of Shepherd Neame, and councillors also donated towards the refurbishment.

Chris Porter, who started the campaign to make The Harrow an Asset of Community Value, said: “It is a fantastic achievement to have saved this pub from closure thanks to the help of hundreds of people – stakeholders, villagers, councillors, press, MPs and groups like Pub is the Hub and Plunkett.

Chris Porter

“Through these efforts our little community is better connected than ever before. It is an absolute delight to receive this award from CAMRA and be able to show other communities that it is possible to save their local from disappearing forever.”

Since the pub re-opened in August it has introduced a regular social lunch for vulnerable members of the community with a pick-up and drop-off service, a book swap and an internet cafe for those with poor connections. Darts and petanque teams have also returned.

Nicole Hamilton, head of frontline at Plunkett Foundation, said: “The Harrow, supported by the More than a Pub programme, is a shining example of what can be achieved and through a strong campaign have ensured their community pub business meets the wider needs of their community and members.”

Paul Ainsworth, organiser of CAMRA’s Pub Saving Award praised the stakeholder for “using every tool available to save their beloved pub from closure” and added: “It is an absolute delight to celebrate this with our Pub Saving Award.”


From the By Lauren MacDougall, 21 December 2019.

The 33 pubs in Kent you have to drink at in 2020 according to CAMRA.

In total Kent has heaps of pubs listed in the guide and, while 33 of these are new entries, others have appeared in previous editions of the guide.

A total of 33 pubs from around Kent make up the new entries that feature in the 2020 edition of the Good Beer Guide.

The guide is produced annually by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), the independent guide to the best boozers in the UK that is researched by unpaid and independent volunteers nationwide.

Tom Stainer, CAMRA’s chief executive, said: “For nearly five decades, the Good Beer Guide has been a comprehensive guide to the UK’s breweries, their ales, and the best outlets to find them in across the country.

“What makes the Guide unique is that all the entries are compiled and vetted by a huge volunteer team, based around the country. We work hard to ensure that all areas of the country are covered and, unlike with some competitor titles, inclusion in this book is dependent only on merit, not on payment.

“The Good Beer Guide has always had an important role in acting as a barometer of the beer and pub industry. We believe information gleaned from the Guide is absolutely vital in the drive to save our pubs from closure and campaign for policies that better support pubs, local brewers and their customers.”

This pub is included in the 2020 list.

Harrow, Stockbury.

What the guide says: "A 200-year-old former Shepherd Neame pub in the heart of rural Stockbury, with a triangular village green in front.

"Owned by the local community after a major refurbishment, it is now the community hub. The manager is also a trained chef, and the venue serves good-quality, locally sourced food."



JENNINGS John 1841-71+ (age 60 in 1871Census)

Last pub licensee had RAYFIELD William 1873-91+ (age 61 in 1891Census)

CRAYDEN Edward 1901-11+ (age 49 in 1901Census) Kelly's 1903

RUSSELL William George 1911-13 Next pub licensee had (also Civil  Service Pensioner)

WINDYBANK George Henry 1913-15+

BARD David 1919+

GREEN Arthur 1922-42+

SEDWELL A J W "Ted" 1960+

BROWN Norman 1963-82 dec'd

BROWN Mrs 1982-June/83

PLANT Chris 7/June/1983-10/Aug/2005

PENDRY Samuel 2018+

SAVIETTO Edoardo 1/Jan/2020+



Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903


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