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Sort file:- Tunbridge Wells, December, 2018.

Page Updated:- Saturday, 22 December, 2018.

PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Paul Skelton

Earliest ????

Rifleman

Latest 1914+

Kensington Street

Royal Tunbridge Wells

Rifleman

Above photo, date unknown, courtesy of Tim Bodiam.

Rifleman 1922

Above photo, 1922, showing the corner of the building boarded up.

Former Rifleman 2015

Above Google image, May 2015.

 

Only reference I have found of this pub at present is from the Licensing Session of 1914.

I am informed that most of Kensington Street was demolished in the 1990’s when Victoria Road was moved for a road improvement to accommodate the new shopping centre.

 

From the Kent and Sussex Courier, 6 February, 1914.

TUNBRIDGE WELLS LICENSING SESSIONS.

FIVE LICENSES “HELD UP.”

The Annual Brewster Sessions for the Borough of Tunbridge Wells were held at the Town Hall on Monday morning, the Mayor (Councillor C. W. Emson) presiding over a large attendance of the Justices.

The Magistrates had decided to renew all the licenses, with the exception of the "Anchor," Camden-road; the "Rifleman," Kensington-street; the "Good Intent," St. John’s-road; the "Standard," Little Mount Sion; and the "Alma," Varney-street. The licensee of these houses would be considered at the adjourned annual licensing meeting a month hence.

 

From the Kent and Sussex Courier, 6 March, 1914.

TUNBRIDGE WELLS LICENSING SESSIONS.

Mr. W. A. Wardley, Barrister, asked the Justices to review the license of the "Rifleman," Kensington-street.

P. Sergt. Blackman stated that the house had one bar, one smoking room and a jug and bottle department. The witness gave similar evidence as in the case of the "Anchor" as to the other licensed houses in the district.

Replying to Mr. Wardley, the witness stated that the trade of the "Rifleman" was, if anything, better than that of the "Anchor."

Addressing the Bench, Mr. Wardley remarked that the trade of the house was increasing. Last year 171 barrels of beer were sold, which was in excess of the average for the four previous years. The tenant also did a considerable business in tobacco, cigars and mineral waters. The increasing trade showed that the house was one required by the people of the neighbourhood.

The Magistrates deferred their decision in this case also.

After retiring for about 15 minutes, the chairman announced that the license of the "Rifleman" would be referred to Quarter Sessions, and all the other licensee would be renewed.

Mr. Wardley then applied for a provisional license for the "Rifleman," which was granted.

 

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