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PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Paul Skelton

Earliest 1857-

Windmill

Open 2019+

1 Windmill Road

Sevenoaks Weald

01732 463330

https://www.whatpub.com/windmill

Windmill Inn

Above photo, date unknown, showing the pub just behind the weather-boarded house on the right.

Windmill 2009

Above photo early 2009.

Windmill 2009

Above photo late 2009.

Windmill Inn 2010

Above Google image, April 2010.

Windmill sign 1993Windmill sign 2014

Above sign left, June 1993, sign right, 2014.

With thanks from Brian Curtis www.innsignsociety.com.

 

In 1869-70 the pub was part of a consortium who were advertising their goods of selling tea in response to grocers' selling beer and wine. (Click for further details.)

A shed belonging to the Inn was once the skittle alley and during WW1 the soldiers billeted there took it over and turned it into a forge to shoe the mules they brought with them; later the building was used as a store for cricket and other sports gear.

 

From the South Eastern Gazette, Tuesday 1 September, 1857.

APPLICATION FOR ALE-HOUSE LICENSES.

Mr. G. F. Carnell appeared on behalf of Mr. William Brit Sayers, of the "Windmill" beer-house, Sevenoaks Weald. The applicant was a most respectable man and had conducted the house, which had been a beer-house for the last eleven years, since last September. There was no opposition.

Granted.

 

From the Kent and Sussex Courier, Friday 5 September 1879.

The Windmill, Sevenoaks Weald.

It was stated that Mrs. Bellamy, the holder of the licence of the above house, had recently died.

Mr. Barber, one of the executors of the deceased, attended with the will, which had not been proved, and asked for the house to be transferred to William Varney, the son-in-law of the deceased.

As the will had not been proved the Bench adjourned the proceedings.

 

From the Kent and Sussex Courier, 4 February, 1880.

SEVENOAKS WEALD. DISORDERLY SWEEPS.

At the Sevenoaks Petty Sessions on Friday last, William and Richard Sutton, sweeps, who did not appear, were summoned for being quarrelsome and disorderly, and refusing to quit the “Windmill Inn,” on the 13th January.

William Barney, the landlord of the “Windmill Inn,” said that on the day in question the defendants came into his house and asked for some beer, but he refused to serve them as they were already quarrelsome. Afterwards one of the defendants went out of the house and came back again with some soot, which he threw all over the place. He (witness) asked them to leave the house, but they would not.

P. C. Avery said on the day in question, he was sent for by Mr. Barney, and he saw on entering the house that soot had been scattered all over the place. The two defendants were then leaving the house.

Defendants were fined 40s. each and 7s. 9d. costs, or in default a distraint was ordered to be issued on their goods, and if there were not sufficient goods for that purpose, they would be sentenced to one month’s imprisonment.

 

From the Kent and Sussex Courier, Friday 20 November 1925.

His wife's mistake.

Pleading guilty to selling to Superintendent Fowle whisky 47.56 under proof, Henry Jackman, the "Windmill," Sevenoaks Weald, was fined £2.

Superintendent Fowle stated that when he informed defendant of the result of the analysis he replied, "Yes, I was expecting this. My wife made a mistake. She served your man out of the bottle which I use myself as people ask me to have a drink, and I have watered it down."

Defendant said he always made up a bottle for himself. They had had the painters and decorators in and were all upset. He had moved the bottle and omitted to tell his wife, who had served it knowing they had no fear of their spirits.

The Chairman:- It is an offence, even though it might have been a mistake.

Superintendent Fowle said there were no previous convictions.

 

Kent and Sussex Courier, Friday 21 December, 1928.

His wife's mistake.

Pleading guilty to selling to Superintendent Fowle whisky 47.55 under proof, Henry Jackman, the "Windmill" Sevenoaks Weald, was fined £2.

Superintendent Fowle stated that when he informed the defendant of the result of the analysis he replied "Yes, I was expecting this, my wife made a mistake. She says your man out of the bottle which I use myself as people ask me to have a drink, and I have watered it down.

Defendant said he always made up a bottle for himself. They had had the painters and decorators in and were all upset. He had moved the bottle and admitted to tell his wife, who had served it knowing they had no fear of their spirits.

The Chairman:- It is an offence, even though it may have been a mistake.

Superintendent Fowle said there were no previous convictions.

 

Closed in the early part of 2009, it reopened after a refurbishment on 1 July 2009.

 

From the http://www.courier.co.uk 21 February 2009

COUNTRY PUBS CLOSE THEIR DOORS

VILLAGES around Sevenoaks are in danger of losing their identity as a swathe of traditional pubs close.

In recent months half a dozen pubs have shut. This is in addition to those left empty, unloved or handed over to developers for housing.

Across Kent, on average three pubs are closing a week and 90 have shut their doors in the past six months, with 39 a week closing across the country.

In Weald the village's only pub, the "Windmill," has long been a contentious issue for residents, having had four landlords in eight years.

It closed just after Christmas and was poised to be taken over by village couple Ron and Jan Mannering but the deal fell through on Monday.

Mr Mannering blamed the high rent asked for by brewery Greene King. He said: "We are in hard times, things have changed."

Mrs Mannering added that the pub was left in a terrible state and it would have taken a while to clean up.

She said: "We are losing a feature of village life. A pub is not a drinking hole, it is a meeting place.

"Someone should recognise that village pubs are part of our heritage. When people think of England they think of the pub."

The couple sent a letter around the village asking for support and said they were overwhelmed by the responses.

Mrs Mannering said: "We had around 40 letters back from the villagers.

"I got a phone call from a lady who said when she moved to the village 20 years ago there were seven pubs. Now there are none."

Sevenoaks town councillor Ann Dawson said: "So often in villages the pub is the centre of the community, people will gather in the pub, make friends and chat.

"The Windmill was very much part of the community. When the only pub in the village goes it gets worrying."

Greene King said the search was under way for a new landlord at the "Windmill."

Spokesman Steve Head said: "We are currently in the process of finding a new licensee to take the business forward. We apologise for any inconvenience."

Chief executive of the British Beer and Pub Association Rob Hayward blamed closures on increased alcohol tax.

He said: "With trading conditions among the toughest we have ever seen, pubs are now closing at record rates. Yet the Government continues to press ahead with plans for even higher taxes on beer and a proposed £300m bill for extra red tape, this year alone.

"Local people know the impact a closed pub can have on their community."

 

From the http://www.dailymail.co.uk. 2 November 2009.

VILLAGERS BOYCOTT PUB AFTER LANDLADY REFUSES TO SELL POPPIES

Villagers are boycotting a pub after its landlady refused to allow a Poppy collection tray on her bar.

Landlady Bernice Walsh, of the "Windmill," in Weald, Kent, told former RAF serviceman David Marchant that people could buy poppies 'somewhere else' when he asked her permission to leave a poppy tray in her pub.

Mr Marchant, who is a local parish councillor and school governor, said the whole village was shocked and upset at the decision.

'It has become quite a talking point in the village that she showed this lack of interest,' he said. 'A lot of people are upset.'

The 77-year-old, whose father fought in the Great War and brother was in World War Two, said the Poppy Appeal was very important to him.

'My brother, who is older than me, served through the war in the Army and my cousin was killed flying a Spitfire,' he said.

Mr Marchant did two years' National Service in the 1950s with the RAF, serving in traffic control at a flight training school in Gloucestershire and was chairman of his local Royal British Legion branch until it was disbanded.

He said every other business he approached, as well as the local school and church, accepted poppy trays.

Mr Marchant, added: 'She made it quite clear that I couldn't leave them on the bar. I had the tray in my hand to give her. That was the whole object of my visit.

'She has upset an awful lot of people before this I'm afraid in other ways.'

Villager Graham Hendry said he was appalled at Miss Walsh's decision and said he and many of his pals were boycotting the pub until the poppy tray was allowed.

He said: 'God only knows why she is being so stubborn.

'Everybody supports the poppy campaign and I can't think for one minute why she refused to have the tray on the bar.

'I'll not be drinking there until the poppy tray is on the bar and nor will a lot of my mates.'

Evelyn Rogers, Weald's poppy organiser, said there had always previously been a poppy tray at the pub.

'I have been doing this for years and years and I have never experienced anything like that in my life,' she said.

Another villager, who did not want to be named, said: 'It's a shame because people in the village want to support her, but she keeps rubbing people up the wrong way.

'We need a pub - it was closed for six months and then she came and everyone was really pleased about it, but immediately she banned dogs and it's a village pub and people like to take their dogs in so it's upset an awful lot of people.'

He added: 'I won't be going back until the situation is resolved.'

Miss Walsh said she has been surprised by the degree of bad feeling towards her since she took over The Windmill three months ago.

She said: 'There are a lot of people in the village who are against the pub. I would like to be part of the community, my kids go to the local school, but any offer has been refused.'

She said there were already three other charity boxes on the bar.

Speaking at her pub yesterday, landlady Bernice Walsh said that 'she didn't have room for a poppy tray' on her bar.

Miss Walsh, 36, who is originally from County Mayo in Ireland said her bar was 'too small' and that she 'already had three other charity collection tins' on the bar.

She said: 'I was unable to give the poppies a prime spot on the bar as it is narrow and already has other charity boxes.'

Miss Walsh also said that she was aware of some villagers boycotting her bar, but said that it was mainly 'old people'.

She added: 'There are customers who are boycotting the pub, but it's the older people who are doing that.'

The mother-of-two said the pub was previously closed down because it was a 'dump' and only a small group of men had drunk there and said that since she took over in July it was more popular with youngsters and women.

She said that the people boycotting her needed to stop the campaign against her, adding: 'They need to stop bad mouthing me.'
She said the reason she banned dogs from the pub when she took over the pub in the summer was that she was 'highly allergic' to both dogs and cats.

 

From the http://www.sevenoakschronicle.co.uk 7 April 2014. By spdoran

ONCE-THREATENED WEALD PUB NAMED WEST KENT'S BEST

Matthew Rudd licensee Windmill 2014

ALL HANDS ON PUMP: Mathew Rudd, owner of the Windmill, is delighted to see his hard work recognised.

A VILLAGE pub in Weald has been crowned the best in West Kent – just two years after it was facing possible closure.

The "Windmill" saw off stiff competition to be named the local branch winner of a competition run by a real ale campaign group to recognise the best boozers across the country.

However, in summer 2012 the pub, on Windmill Road, was at the centre of a bid by villagers and supporters to safeguard its place at the centre of the community, after its previous owners put it on the market.

“It was a period of great uncertainty for the pub and the village,” said Matthew Rudd, 49, who bought the pub and turned its fortunes around.

“The Save The Windmill team did a great job of campaigning to keep it open before I stepped in at the eleventh hour.

“The previous owners didn't think it was a viable business, but I knew they were wrong.

“The three things we try to concentrate on here is our cask ale, the pub food and good hospitality. It's so important to get those things right.

“We are very proud to win this award from the Campaign for Real Ale (Camra). It means a lot because it's nice to be recognised for the quality of our ale and the pub.”

The competition launches Community Pubs Month, and The Windmill will now go up against eight other Kent winners to be crowned regional winners, before potentially fighting it out for the national title.

Thousands of Camra volunteers rated pubs on criteria including decor, value for money, customer service and the quality of their real ale.

Mr Rudd runs the pub with his partner Emma Cole, 45, and they live on the premises with their children, Ella, 17, Connie, 16 and Seth, 13.

With cheap alcohol from supermarkets blamed as part of the reason an estimated 28 British pubs close every week, the pub landlord believes he knows how to ensure a pub can keep going strong.

“I try to source quality ales and drinks that aren't necessarily national brands and can't be bought in supermarkets,” said Mr Rudd. “We take great pride in our locally-sourced drinks. We're delighted to have won the West Kent heat. We are up against some very stiff competition to win the regional title but I'd love it if we do.”

Camra chairman Colin Valentine said: “There are literally thousands of wonderful pubs that need our support at this moment in time and I would urge everyone to visit their local pub in April and discuss with the licensee ways he or she could encourage you to visit more regularly.”

 

From the http://www.kentonline.co.uk 27 November 2014 by Annabel Rusbridge-Thomas.

The Windmill Pub in Sevenoaks Weald receives national recognition.

A pub in Sevenoaks has risen from being a run down and failing to achieving national recognition as one of the four best pubs in the country in just two years.

Windmill 2014

Awarded “Most Improved Pub of the Year” by the West Kent branch of CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, in 2013, it went on to be named their Pub of the Year this year.

That qualified it for the next round of the competition in which it was named Kent Region Pub of the Year a few weeks ago.

But now it’s receiving national recognition, having made it through to the final four in the CAMRA national awards and winning CAMRA’s Super-Regional prize.

In 2012 licensees Matthew and Emma took over what was a run down pub, and turned it into a destination venue that the village could be proud of.

No strangers to the pub trade, the couple had previously run the "Stile Bridge," a well-known free house, close to Marden.

Windmill licensee 2014

Don Croker of west Kent CAMRA and Mathew of the "Windmill."

The "Windmill" caught their eye as they had been looking for somewhere a bit closer to their children’s schools, so when Greene King put the pub on the market, it seemed the ideal opportunity.

The interior was completely stripped out, and then re-fitted and decorated in a style sympathetic to the Victorian building.

The "Windmill" has six hand pumps dispensing a range of real ales from independent brewers, sourced mainly, but not exclusively, from Kent or Sussex.

Local ciders and perries are also available, alongside a range of bottled Belgian beers and specialist Belgian lager.

Even to win the local stage the pub had to face stiff opposition from around 240 pubs and bars and faced judging from amongst the branch’s 550 members.

A pub needs to excel in terms of beer and cider quality but also in several other criteria including atmosphere, style, décor, value for money, service and welcome.

But to reach the final stage where the last four pubs in the country face a stand-off, it will have been scrutinised several times over, including by judges from CAMRA’s St. Albans HQ, and it has been chosen from several thousands of pubs.

 

From the http://www.sevenoakschronicle.co.uk 11 February 2015.

Sevenoaks Weald pub threatened with closure up for national prize after remarkable transformation.

Above photo:- Landlords Emma Cole and Matthew Rudd are thrilled the pub is in the running for a top award.

AN INDEPENDENT Weald pub is in the running to be crowned the best in the country - two years after it was threatened with closure.

The Windmill, in Windmill Road, is one of four English pubs in the running for the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) National Pub of the Year award - and landlord Matthew Rudd, 50, is delighted at its transformation.

He took over the free house with partner Emma Cole, 46, two years ago after the previous owner, Greene King Brewery, deemed it to be underperforming, but it has since won a string of regional awards and the couple are now hoping for CAMRA's top prize.

Mr Rudd said: "It's an honour. We're grateful we've got a great bunch of staff. They are really enthusiastic about what we do.

"The locals are really pleased and have been asking when they'll find out if the pub has won."

Main criteria for the award include the quality of real ales available, along with the pub's decor, atmosphere and value for money.

In 2013, The Windmill picked up the Most Improved Pub of the Year from the CAMRA's West Kent branch.

"We're just enjoying running a successful village pub in a nice location. It's a lovely part of the world," Mr Rudd added.

He described The Windmill as a community 'hub' and said they regularly host events for clubs and societies, as well as using local produce where they can, including ales, ciders and ingredients for the kitchen.

Other nominees for the accolade include The Harewood Arms, in Greater Manchester, The Freshfield, in Merseyside, and The Salutation Inn, in Gloucestershire.

The result will be announced on Monday.

 

LICENSEE LIST

SAYERS William B 1857-Dec/1861 (widower age 33 in 1861Census) South Eastern Gazette

BARBER Stephen Dec/1861+ South Eastern Gazette

BELLAMY J 1869-70+

BELLAMY Mrs to Sept/1879 dec'd

VARNEY William 1880-81+ (age 24 in 1881Census)

HOBDEN Henry 1891+ (age 34 in 1891Census)

FORD William to Jan/1889 Sevenoaks Chronicle

HONEYSETT Ambrose Jan/1889+ Sevenoaks Chronicle

FRANCIS Charles Ernest 1901+ (age 36 in 1901Census)

OLIVER Henry Joseph to Sept/1908 Kent and Sussex Courier

KIRKE Ambrose Bertram Sept/1908 Kent and Sussex Courier

TILLMAN William C 1918-22+ Post Office Directory 1918Post Office Directory 1922

WICKENS Charles to May/1924 Kent and Sussex Courier

JACKMAN Henry May/1924-30+ Kent and Sussex CourierPost Office Directory 1930

PAINE Major George 1938+ Post Office Directory 1938

WALSH Bernice Aug/2009+

Last pub licensee had RUDD Matthew 2012-15+

http://pubshistory.com/Windmill.shtml

http://theweald.org/P2.asp?PId=Se.WindmllI

 

CensusCensus

Kent and Sussex CourierKent and Sussex Courier

South Eastern GazetteSouth Eastern Gazette

Sevenoaks ChronicleSevenoaks Chronicle and Kentish Advertiser

Post Office Directory 1918From the Post Office Directory 1918

Post Office Directory 1922From the Post Office Directory 1922

Post Office Directory 1930From the Post Office Directory 1930

Post Office Directory 1938From the Post Office Directory 1938

 

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