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Earliest 1674

Chequer

2014

4 Chequer Lane

(Ash)

Sandwich

01304 813918

Chequers at Ash Chequers sign at Ash

Above photographs taken by Paul Skelton 25 July, 2009. Below is shown a painting that hangs on the wall inside the pub.

Chequers at Ash, painting

 

Chequers, Ash, 1955

Above Chequers at Ash, circa 1955.

Chequers date unknown

Above photo date unknown

Photo shown circa 1875. At the time they were supplied by Rigden's Faversham Brewery.

Chequers at Ash, shy-shot

Above photo showing a sky-shot of the pub.

 

The Chequer Inn at Ash-next-Sandwich, another ancient timbered house, is connected with the medieval manor of Chequer Court in the parish, and was probably built during the fifteenth century. Royalty has slept within its walls, and the most celebrated owner of the inn was John de Septvans, Lord Chief Baron of the Exchequer, who risked losing both his head and inheritance when he joined Jack Cade's rebellion in 1450. Fortunately he was pardoned and lived another eight years; he is buried in Ash Church.

 

This was a timbered hall house dating from the reign of Richard II (1377-1399) in the year of 1383 in the manor of Chequer and Chilton, Ash next Sandwich, and was for many years the Manor House of Chequer and Chilton.

The property then was owned by one John de Septvans, Lord Chief Baron or of the exchequer, from which the house later derived its name. The property remained in the hands of the Septvan family, (sometimes known as the Harfleets) for almost a century and a half.

When first built the house was a standard Hall-House with detached kitchen and cost £20. In 1558 a hall floor or upper floor was inserted. In 1576 stacks were added and the parlour chamber was ceilinged over and attic rooms added. At this date the property was held by on Nicholas HOIGGES a wool merchants of Canterbury, formerly of London. In 1603, it was in the hands of a William Leggon, property owner of Canterbury. Leggon owned other properties at Sandwich, Eastry and Dover.

In 1674, the property was purchased by Thomas Roberts, hop grower and brewer of Canterbury. Roberts was granted a licence at Dover on May 8th 1674 to supply ales and ciders to the parish of Ash. In 1676 a three bay stable block was added to the property. In 1708 the house was purchased by Richard Hollingbury, brewer of the borough of Staplegate within the walls of Canterbury. In July of that year a joint licence was issued to Hollyingbury and his wife Elizabeth and they carried on business there. Richard Hollingbury brewed the ales whilst his wife Elizabeth retailed them.

In the Wingham Division Ale Licence list of 1740, the "Chequers," Ash, renewed its licence costing the sum of 8 shillings. However, in the same list there was also a "Chequer" listed in Ash, without the "s" on the end, which had a new licence granted for the sum of 16 shillings, the licensee was given as John Cork. I am assuming this to be a different establishment, but do not yet know the connection between the two.

At the height of the coaching era the Chequer became a established post house, where mail was collected and sorted. Two post boys were employed at the Inn for a period of thirty years. Living quarters were provided for them in an attic room where they slept on small wooden cot beds suspended from the rafters. On the opposite corner of the inn was the village pond where they watered their horses. Two post boys employed in 1780's were Jon Silver and Thomas Mallett and although the term ‘boys' is applied Silver was 63 years old and Mallett 58.

The Chequer has seen and undergone many changes since it was first built. The cost of building the house in the late 14th century was about 20 pounds, in 1576 it was sold for sixty guineas, in 1721 for 140 pounds, in 1808 for 816 pounds and in 1874 for 1,086 pounds.

Many of the early owners and keepers had various trades and had switched from or continued to ply them. Thomas Roberts and Thomas Brazier were formally yenman, Edward Hughes, a bricklayer, Edward Goldup, a coal dealer who carried out his business as well as keeping the Inn and LLEWELLYN Ames a caterer and garager who also conducted these trades whilst at the Chequer.

According to the local CAMRA website March 2008 the pub is closed and was for sale.

Glad to say that as of November 2008, the pub opened its doors again with Richard Munden at the helm of which the above history was kindly passed to me.

Although changes have taken place the historic character of the Inn remains unchanged. So stay, enjoy the fayre and reflect on those bygone days.

In 1755 it was used to billet soldiers, along with the other pubs in the area.

 

From the Kentish Chronicle and General Advertiser, 31 August, 1861. Price 1 1/2d.

DEATH FROM EXCESSIVE DRINKING AT ASH.

On Thursday evening T. T. Delasaux, Esq., county coroner, held an inquest at the “Chequers Inn,” in this parish, touching the death of a man named James Collard, who died from the effects of drink, as detailed in the following evidence:— John Wilson, a farmer, said that he had known the deceased 12 years, and that for the past three weeks he had been in a state of intoxication. That morning, between 1 and 4 o'clock, witness was called by Impell and Psyden, and in consequence went with them, and found the deceased lying in the main road, making one of improper language. He asked him what he meant, and getting up he said he would murder witness, and attempted to throttle him. Witness pushed the deceased away, but he went at him a second time, and then witness called for assistance, as he believed the deceased to be mad. Psyden, John Stone and Bighurst accordingly came, and they led him towards his house, and he shortly after died. Mr. John Sladden, surgeon, deposed that he had examined the body of the deceased, and the only marks thereon were slight bruises, no doubt caused by falls. From the appearance of the deceased and from the detailed statements made to him, witness was of opinion that the deceased died from disease of the brain, brought on by excessive drinking. The jury returned a verdict to that effect.

 

From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer, 2 March, 1877. Price 1d.

SHORT WEIGHTS AND MEASURES

Charles Clayson, publican, Ash, fined 15s, and 8s. costs for having six incorrect measures.

 

From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer, 9 February, 1877. Price 1d.

WINGHAM PETTY SESSIONS

Charles Clayson, landlord of the "Chequers' Inn," at Ash, pleaded guilty to serving gin to a boy under 16 years of age. It appeared that the boys on quitting the "Marquis of Granby" entered the defendant's house, and were there supplied with nine-penny-worth of gin (in two lots) by Clayson's wife. It was argued that it was not known by the landlady that spirits were intended for the lad to whom it was supplied (aged it was said only 11 years) but for his companions who were somewhat older.

Defendant was fined 20s., costs 15s.

 

From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer, 2 March, 1877. Price 1d.

SHORT WEIGHTS AND MEASURES

Charles Clayson, beer house keeper, Ash fined 15s. and 8s. costs for having six incorrect measures.

 

From the Whitstable Times, 4 August 1900.

ASH SUICIDE.

The East Kent Coroner (B. M. Mercer, Esq.) held an inquest at the "Chequers Inn," Ash, on Friday, touching the death of George Tumber, aged 63. It appeared that deceased, who was a single man, drank very heavily at times. He was a labourer and was in regular employment. At 4 o'clock in the morning he got up and went out, and nothing more was seen of him till the afternoon, when he was found suspended by a rope to a tree in a plantation at the back of the public house. The jury returned a verdict of Suicide, but there was no evidence to show the state of deceased's mind.

 

 

This is an application for exemption from military service as heard by the Eastry Rural District Tribunal on Monday 12th June 1916 and reported in the Dover Express on 16th June. There had been so many cases that the tribunal suggested two sittings in the following week.

Dover Express on 16th June 1916.

Llewellyn S. H. Amos 37, the licensee of he “Chequers Inn”, Ash appealed on the grounds of financial and domestic hardship. Three months exemption granted.

 

Dover Express 22nd September 1916.

Eastry Rural District Tribunal 20th September 1916.

L. S. H. Amos “Chequers” Inn, Ash aged 37 publican. One month to 20th October, 1916. Not renewable.

 

From Dover Express 09 December 1932.

EAST KENT NEWS. ASH. DART MATCH.

The "Chequers" Inn team received a visit from the "Crown and Septre," Acol, on Monday evening, and lost by five games to one. The company were entertained to supper by Mr. and Mrs. G. J. Wilson, which was followed by a social evening with Reg Oliver at the piano.

 

Dover Express 30th April 1943.

ASH – FOOTBALL.

The Regimental final was played on Tuesday at Eythorne between two R A teams. After a very exciting and keen game the result was 1-0. A very enjoyable evening was spent at the “Chequers” Inn, Ash, at which the O C and Battery officers attended.

 

From the Dover Mercury, 28 February, 2002.

Chequers charity 2002

REGULARS at the Chequer Inn, Ash, helped to raise more than £800 for the Cancer Research charity.

A pool knockout contest, reflexology evening, raffIes and wine and wisdom competition all helped to boost the total as well as sponsorship for customer Geoff Richardson who ran the London Marathon.

Publican, Steve and Maureen Gee and customers handed over the giant cheque to the charity's Kate Hunter on Friday.

Maureen said: "All the customers were very generous in helping and supporting our chosen charity of the year. The reason Cancer Research was chosen was because we lost a young member of our family to the disease."

 

From the Dover Mercury, 22 January, 2009.

AT THE HEART OF THE VILLAGE

Chequers, Ash, Richard Munden

Chequer Inn landlord Richard Munden outside his pub.

 

A NEW licensee at the "Chequer Inn" at Ash is determined to make the pub the hub of the village community.

The distinctive-looking building overlooks The Street and has been in business since a hop grower bought it in 1674 to supply ales and ciders to the parish.

Richard Munden is now in charge and is full of plans to make the inn an important part of the neighbourhood. He said: "The Chequer is a traditional village pub and we are looking to make it the heart of the community."

As part of his plans he is organising an Eighties party night, to include fancy dress, next week with a disco to launch Leukaemia Research as the charity of the year.

Richard added: "We are aiming to raise £1,500 from a series of fundraising events in 2009 and hopefully we can smash that target."

The fun starts at 8pm on Saturday, January 31, and there will be prizes for the best-dressed male and female.

Since arriving in Ash in November Richard has introduced a series of pub events, with entertainment a top priority.

New quiz nights have proved successful and are held at 7.30pm on the first and third Tuesday of the month, with an entry of £2 per person and wine or chocolates for the winning team. There is a folk club sing-around on the second and fourth Monday of the month from 8pm and Adrian O, who lives near Deal, is a regular performer.

Bingo is held every Thursday afternoon from 3pm, with bingo books on sale from 2.30pm.

Richard said: "We have just started a credit munch offer, with two main meals for £6 every Wednesday and Thursday between noon and 3pm and again from 6 to 9pm."

Forthcoming events at The Chequer Inn include celebrations for St Patrick's Day and St George's Day and an art exhibition in September.

Every Wednesday there is also a Wii games session at 7.30pm, with a £2 entrance and prizes for winners.

If customers to the inn in Chequer Lane would prefer a glass of real ale beside a log fire, just like centuries ago, they can enjoy Spitfire and Greene King's IPA on hand pull.

 

From the Dover Mercury, 2 April, 2009.

PUBS PREPARE FOR HUGE TOAST

VILLAGE pubs in Ash and Great Mongeham are appealing for help to set a record for the World's Biggest Toast.

Drinkers at 6,000 pubs across the country will simultaneously raise their glasses at 7pm on Saturday, April 11, in honour of cask beer.

The "Chequer Inn" at Ash and the "Three Horseshoes" at Great Mongeham are taking part.

"Chequer" licensee Richard Munden said: “We are asking the people of Ash to have a bit of fun together, showing support for their local, celebrating cask beer and helping make history.” To mark the event, the pub will host a beer festival from Thursday, April 9, to Monday, April 13.

"Three Horseshoes" landlord Sam Rodwell said: “In order to make the world record official we need as many people as possible to visit our pub.”

■ For details, call The "Chequer" on 01304 813918 or the "Three Horseshoes" on 01304 375812, or visit www.caskaleweek.co.uk

 

From the Dover Express, 2 April, 2009

Pub's cask ales in great condition

A PUB in Ash has won an award for the quality of its ale.

Richard Munden, licensee of The Chequer Inn, has been awarded Cask Marque accreditation for serving the perfect pint of cask-conditioned ale.

Mr Munden said: "This award is a great endorsement for us. A lot of our customers visit the pub especially for the cask ale and it is really gratifying to know that we are getting the formula just right."

To achieve the Cask Marque accreditation pubs' ales must pass a series of beer quality audits which take into account, temperature, appearance, aroma and taste.

 

From the Dover Mercury, 14 September, 2009.

PUB TAKES UP CHALLENGE FOR A GOOD CAUSE

AN ASH pub is pulling in the punters and raising cash for a good cause this year, with the next event set to collect more money.

The "Chequer Inn," Chequer Lane, decided to support Leukaemia Research as its charity of the year with a £1,500 target.

Licensee Richard Munden said: “We put the idea of supporting a charity for a year and asked them for suggestions as to which charity.

“We had a few suggestions and Leukaemia Research proved to be popular.”

The next big charity event is a quiz night on Tuesday, July 7, when the pub's Winter Quiz League champions The Axis of Ignorance have accepted a challenge to try to beat the rest of the pub.

The charity year started on January 31 with a 1980s theme party night. Other activities since have included a race night, a number of raffles, sweepstakes and a tombola at a family fun day.

 

From the Dover Mercury, 14 September, 2009.

Skye's the limit for the tallest sunflower

Chequers sunflower 2009TRADITIONALLY, the talk at the local pub ranges from international politics to what's happening on Coronation Street and East Enders.

But regulars at The Chequer Inn at Ash have had another topic of conversation this year to occupy the minds - sunflowers.

Back in April, new licensee Richard Munden launched a competition to grow the tallest sunflower.

The pub, in the centre of the village, distributed sunflower seeds to the children and grandchildren of the regulars, as well as Scouts and Brownies and other children from Ash.

The deadline was the end of August and Richard then went out and about to measure and validate the tallest.

Richard said: "Having never grown sunflowers as a child I was amazed when presented with sunflowers more than 11ft tall."

The winner was Skye Burr with a sunflower that towered at an impressive 11ft 4in.

In a very close second was Ellie Larkins and third was Georgia Alexander.

"I would like to say well done to everyone who took part," said Richard.

"Next year we will see If we can beat this height."

 

From the Dover Mercury, 25 March, 2010.

FINE BEERS.

The "Chequer Inn," Ash, has its second beer festival starting next week from April 1 until Monday, April 5, and the events will include fundraising for the pub's chosen charity, Greet Ormond street Hospital.

 

From the Dover Mercury, 1 April, 2010.

PUB GARDEN PLOTS ARE A DOWN TO EARTH OFFER.

Richard Munden

KEEN gardeners desperate for an allotment are being offered a plot in Ash to grow fruit and vegetables.

The plots come with the added attraction of a short stroll to quench a thirst after an enthusiastic digging session.

For Richard Munden, licensee of The "Chequer Inn," Ash, has created a veg patch in the pub garden.

He said: "There is much emphasis these days on home grown produce and food miles, plus waiting lists for allotments.

"So I have decided to turn a small area of our beer garden into three vegetable patches and am now appealing for allotment holders."

The idea started after a compost tip behind the pub became an eyesore and needed to be removed. Now the heap has gone Mr Munden has created three allotments and is now looking for a trio of keen people living nearby who would like to transform the small area into a horticultural haven.

Mr Munden added: "We are not asking for a rent, instead a produce split has been suggested. The pub's share of the fruit and veg will be used in the pub kitchen. "I believe our customers will be pleased to be eating fresh ingredients grown in our back garden."

Anyone Interested in an allotment in the centre of Ash can contact Richard on 01304 813918.

 

From the Dover Mercury, 3 March, 2011.

PUB AIDS CHARITY

PLANS for two charity events are taking shape at a village pub. Starting next week there will be a race night in aid of the amateur drama group The New Ash Players.

It is at The "Chequer Inn," Ash, on March 12 at 8pm.

A bi-annual charity quiz night takes place at the Chequer Lane pub on March 29 in aid of the pub's charity of the year. Great Ormond Street Hospital,

The questions start at 7.30pm and the cost is £3 a person to include bar nibbles.

 

From the Dover Mercury, 21 April, 2011.

An extension to the usual five-day Easter beer festival at the "Chequer Inn" will celebrate the Royal Wedding in style.

Running from Good Friday, through to Bank Holiday Monday, May 2, the festival includes entertainment and 18 ales.

Live music, the Easter Egg Scramble, paper aeroplane competition and a learn to play Bat & Trap Session, plus a Royal Wedding garden party on Friday, April 29.

 

From the Deal and Sandwich Express, 27 October, 2011.

ELEVENTH-HOUR BID SAVES PUB PROM RECESSION

CHEQUERS SAVED FROM SHUTTING.

Report by Sam Inkersole

An historic village pub has been saved from closure after temporary landlords entered an eleventh hour bid for the business.

After serving alcohol to the parish of Ash for 337 years, the "Chequers Inn" was due to close it s doors to the regulars tomorrow (Friday).

SAVED

But the pub's owners, Punch Taverns, has revealed that the establishment has now been saved from closure after a short-term licensee was found.Richard Munden

Outgoing landlord Richard Munden, who has run the pub for three years, told the Express how sad he was to be leaving the "Chequers," one of only two remaining pubs in Ash.

He said: "It is entirely down to the recession that we are having to leave the pub.

"It has been immensely fun running it, but when your takings are down 40 per cent from the same time last year, something has to give.

"The bingo ladies who come in every Tuesday are particularly upset at the news.

"We had some fantastic events here.

"I can't pick a favourite, but I have loved every minute of being here.

"My wife still works full-time at Pfizer, but she has been made redundant as of next year.

"We will just have to wait and see what happens between now and then."

CELEBRATIONS

Mr. Munden is having a leaving celebration tomorrow.

A spokesman for Punch Taverns said: "We are pleased to confirm that the "Chequers" is not closing and we will have new licensees operating the pub from October 31st.

"The pub is still owned by Punch Taverns.

"The new licenses are only going in as temporary operators."

 

From the Dover Express, Thursday, 12 July , 2012. 65p. Report by Phil Hayes

ACTOR TAKES OVER RUNNING OF PUB

Stuart Antony

BARTENDER: Soap star Stuart Antony has taken over The "Chequer."

Soap star promises a family venue

AN EASTENDERS actor who has also played Batman's stunt double and made a BBC film featuring, a porn star has now taken over a pub near Sandwich.

He has played the part of Simon White - friend to Queen Vic owner, Alfie Moon - but now Stuart Antony, 25, is trying out pint-pulling for real after re-opening The "Chequer Inn" in Ash last week.

Mr Antony was drafted in as landlord by the pub's owners Punch Taverns following a successful renovation project at a Rochester tavern which the soap star has now left.

The actor said things had gone well at The "Chequers" so far: “It's been brilliant. I'm enjoying getting to know the locals.

“The owners wanted me to come in and turn the place around. A lot of the old regulars have come back down and there's a nice community spirit.”

The former soap star said he is still acting and “quite a few of the Eastenders lot want to come down to the pub.”

But Mr Antony said there will be no drastic changes at The "Chequers," where he plans to stay for some time.

“I'm here for good. I want to keep it very much a local, family pub. There's no point trying to make it something it's not.”

As well as acting in Eastenders, Mr Antony played Christian Bale's stunt double in Batman Begins and also made a film for the BBC starring Lindsay Honey - better known as British porn star Ben Dover.

“I've become more famous for that than anything else! We are still really good friends.”

The actor said he hopes to get some live bands in to The "Chequers" and is pleased to have the regulars back on board.

He said: “Everyone's been really helpful. I've been waiting for a month to get started and now I am ready for business.”

 

From the Dover Express, Thursday, 8 November, 2012. 65p. Report by Phil Hayes

FAMOUS LANDLORD IN REAL-LIFE PUB DRAMA

Former soap actor lucky to be alive after accident

AN EASTENDERS actor turned landlord was rushed to hospital last week after one of his pub windows fell on his head and knocked him out.

Stuart Antony, 25, was taking down decorations from a Hallowe'en party at The "Chequer Inn" in Ash when he was whacked by a cast-iron frame.

The former Batman stunt double suffered swelling to the brain and doctors have said he is “very lucky to be alive” after he was hit just 3cm from his temple.

“I really thought I was on my way out,” Mr Antony said.

The father-of-one has been prescribed morphine to ease the “severe pain” as he recovers at home.

“At the moment the brain is pushing against the skull. I keep being sick loads,” he said.

Mr Antony was found on the floor of his pub at around 10am on Saturday, November 27, by his girlfriend Katie who was looking after their 11-month-old daughter, Lily.

He was taken by ambulance to hospital in Canterbury, then to the William Harvey in Ashford and finally to The Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother in Margate.

The glass inside the 13th century window frame remained intact during the incident and the window has now been refitted.

An investigation into how the accident occurred is underway.

This is the second time Mr Antony has suffered a head injury in recent times. Three years ago he fell over in the snow and started bleeding from the ear.

He said he hopes to return to work doing voice-overs for Radio One soon.

The actor took over The "Chequer Inn," near Sandwich, this summer after being drafted in by the pub's owners - Punch Taverns.

Mr Antony, who played the part of Simon White - friend to Queen Vic owner, Alfie Moon - in EastEnders, had made a promising start as a real-life landlord.

“It's been brilliant. I'm enjoying getting to know the locals,” he said in July.

Regulars

“The owners wanted me to come in and turn the place around. A lot of the old regulars have come back down and there's a nice community spirit.”

The former soap actor was also set to attract some celebrities to The "Chequer Inn."

He said “quite a few of the EastEnders lot” wanted to come down to the pub as well as British porn star Ben Dover - who starred in a documentary Mr Antony directed for the BBC.

The "Chequer Inn" is set to re-open tomorrow (Friday 9).

 

From an email received 14 November 2012

Hi,

Just wanted to say thank you for including our client and current landlord Stuart Antony into your information site about The Chequer Inn, Ash, and wanted to send you some more information about Stuart as he has quite an interesting background.

 

AN EASTENDERS actor who has also played Batman's stunt double and made a BBC film featuring a porn star has now taken over a pub near Sandwich.

He has played the part of Simon White – friend to Queen Vic owner, Alfie Moon – but now Stuart Antony, 25, is trying out pint-pulling for real after re-opening The "Chequer Inn" in Ash last week.

Mr Antony was drafted in as landlord by the pub's owners Punch Taverns following a successful renovation project at a Rochester tavern which the soap star has now left.

The actor said things had gone well at The "Chequers" so far: "It's been brilliant. I'm enjoying getting to know the locals.

"The owners wanted me to come in and turn the place around. A lot of the old regulars have come back down and there's a nice community spirit."

The former soap star said he is still acting and "quite a few of the Eastenders lot want to come down to the pub."

But Mr Antony said there will be no drastic changes at The "Chequers," where he plans to stay for some time.

"I'm here for good. I want to keep it very much a local, family pub. There's no point trying to make it something it's not."

As well as acting in Eastenders, Mr Antony played Christian Bale's stunt double in Batman Begins and also made a film for the BBC starring Lindsay Honey – better known as British porn star Ben Dover.

"I've become more famous for that than anything else! We are still really good friends."

The actor said he hopes to get some live bands in to The "Chequers" and is pleased to have the regulars back on board.

He said: "Everyone's been really helpful. I've been waiting for a month to get started and now I am ready for business."

Stuart is now one of Britain's most talented, Established and versatile actors and since then he has appeared an Impressive array of films including Mrs Henderson Presents, Batman Begins, Green Street and How to Lose Friends and Alienate People. Alongside the likes of Dame Judi Dench, Megan Fox, Simon Pegg, Elijah Wood, Michael Caine, Bob Hoskins, Christian Bale and Katie Holmes. Stuart's Comedy Appearances Include Bo Selecta, the All Star Comedy Show, Monkey Trousers, Little Miss Jocelyn and The multi Award winning Little Britain. In 2012 Stuart will be appearing in Brit flick Light the Lights as Harry Wood alongside Calum Best.

 

AN EASTENDERS actor turned landlord was rushed to hospital last week (27th Oct 2012) after one of his pub windows fell on his head and knocked him out.

Stuart Antony, 25, was taking down decorations from a Hallowe'en party at The "Chequer Inn" in Ash when he was whacked by a cast-iron frame.

The former Batman stunt double suffered swelling to the brain and doctors have said he is "very lucky to be alive" after he was hit just 3cm from his temple.

"I really thought I was on my way out," Mr Antony said.

The father-of-one has been prescribed morphine to ease the "severe pain" as he recovers at home.

"At the moment the brain is pushing against the skull. I keep being sick loads," he said.

Mr Antony was found on the floor of his pub at around 10am on Saturday, November 27, 2012.

He was taken by ambulance to hospital in Canterbury, then to the William Harvey in Ashford and finally to The Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother in Margate.

The glass inside the 13th century window frame remained intact during the incident and the window has now been refitted.

An investigation into how the accident occurred is underway.

This is the second time Mr Antony has suffered a head injury in recent times. Three years ago he fell over in the snow and started bleeding from the ear.

He said he hopes to return to work doing voice-overs for Radio One soon.

The actor took over The "Chequer Inn," near Sandwich, this summer after being drafted in by the pub's owners – Punch Taverns.
Mr Antony, who played the part of Simon White – friend to Queen Vic owner, Alfie Moon – in EastEnders, had made a promising start as a real-life landlord.

"It's been brilliant. I'm enjoying getting to know the locals," he said in July.

"The owners wanted me to come in and turn the place around. A lot of the old regulars have come back down and there's a nice community spirit."

The former soap actor is also set to attract some celebrities to The "Chequer Inn" including some of his former cast mates.

He said "quite a few of the EastEnders lot" wanted to come down to the pub as well as British porn star Ben Dover – who starred in a documentary Mr Antony directed for the BBC.

The Chequer Inn is set to re-open tomorrow (Friday 9 Nov 2012).

 

 

I am informed that the pub is closed (October 2014) and that permission is being sought to convert it into a four bedroom house. It is currently for sale at £300,000.

 

From the East Kent Mercury, 23 July 2015.

Scheme to turn historic village pub into a home.

A village pub dating back to the 14th century is set to be turned into a home.

The new owner of the "Chequer Inn" at Ash has applied to change its use after the timber­framed pub has sat idle for about 18 months, with successive landlords unable to make a go of it.

Now, following its sale by Punch Taverns, a planning application has been submitted to Dover District Council, including building a new house with garage at the back of the pub.

Architect and agent Nick Blake says there will be a "sensitive modification" of the building, which was originally built as a house and became a pub in the 18th century.

He said:- "The last few licensees tried to run it as a pub but it did not provide an adequate livelihood. The change to a dwelling will enable the Grade II-listed building to be upgraded and restored.

"The pub garden was used for games and led to complaints about noise from neighbours. The conversion and construction of a new house will lead to less traffic movement and disturbance."

Mr Blake says the new house behind the pub would be "distinctive" in design, but make a "positive contribution" to the site, which is next to a conservation area.

The permanent loss of the inn will leave just one pub in the village, the "Volunteer."

Ash parish council chairman Graham Foat said:- "The pub has been closed for quite a while and there hasn't been a great clamour to save it.

"The parish council will consider the application and make a formal decision shortly."

Believed to be the oldest surviving property in Ash the "Chequer Inn" has a long and distinguished history.

For a century and-a-half, it was owned by John de, Septvans, Lord Chief Baron of the Exchequer, (from where its name derives,) and his descendents. In 1708, the house was bought by Richard Hollingbury, brewer of the borough of Staplegate within the walls of Canterbury.

In July, of that year a joint licence was issued to Hollingbury and his wife Elizabeth. Hollingbury brewed the ales and his wife sold them.

At the height of the coaching era, the "Chequer" also became an established post house, where mail was collected and sorted.

 

From an email received 14 February 2016.

SAVE THE CHEQUER INN February 2016.

Chequer demo to save the pub 2016

It is widely accepted that rural pubs play an important part in village communities, inspiring a sense of belonging and ownership that is possibly unique to this traditional meeting place. The addition of 200 houses in Ash could further isolate villagers from one another if the bulk of socialising and dining is carried out in the bigger towns, so a reclaimed "Chequer Inn" could be seen as a staunch protector of our village identity and the parish would benefit from retaining it as a hub for community gatherings and activities.

At the beginning of last year the Parish Council submitted an ‘Asset of Community Value’ to Dover District Council. This would have been the first step in ensuring that the beautiful Grade II listed building remained a pub and was protected from redevelopment in the conservation area. However, the developer successfully appealed and has since submitted plans to change the use of the pub to a residential dwelling including a garage with full internal and external alterations to the historic building. The development proposed will mummify the building; preserving its body, but removing its spirit.

Spurred on by this, a second 'ACV' was submitted just before Christmas by a steering group led by Matthew Titterton. A meeting was held in the Church in mid-December, where 130 villagers attended to air their views and suggest what they would like to see in a revamped "Chequer Inn." A pub restaurant providing locally sourced food and locally brewed ales was the main ambition, that would also provide a community focus for many of the village’s clubs and groups in an establishment that could provide a warm and welcoming environment. This information was put into a business plan to be assessed by Council officers. Following this meeting, currently 90 objections have been lodged on the DDC website, which forced the Council to discuss the matter at an open planning meeting.

A second village meeting was held in the Church in early January to update everyone on the latest situation and introduce four speakers who have lent their support to our cause.

The first was TV journalist/producer who explained that she was pitching a programme where a local pub is renovated and then given back to the community, and that the "Chequers" was the favourite option after becoming passionate about saving it. She explained that Ash is one of hundreds of villages up and down Britain who have banded together to save their pub, and has put the steering committee in touch with others who have successfully been through this process.

Actor Neil Stuke, a fierce and passionate campaigner, talked of his childhood growing up in Deal, when the streets contained butchers, bakers and small businesses, and everyone met each other in the village pub.

Our third speaker Alex Lister is leading the fight for the "Red Lion" in Wingham, and he explained how his ACV was turned down as he met with one of the Councillors and was told that he had thereby 'infringed the developer's human rights'!

Our last speaker, Mark Dodds FRSA (Publican and ‘Pub Persuader’), is a publican from London who has been helping groups like us fight national pub companies. He said that 29 pubs a week are lost to redevelopment and he wanted to expose the myth that there was no longer the support for pubs and that was why they were going out of business. He told the meeting that big 'PubCo's' deliberately increase rents and charges for barrels of beer in order to put successful landlords out of business (The "Chequers" turnover averaged £12,000/month a few years ago managed by Richard Munden with rent in his first year starting at £600/month and quadrupling). PubCo’s then put in a series of ineffective managers who alienate the regulars, so they can sell the pub as de-licensed and not viable to a developer. A perfectly legal clause allows the PubCo’s to take some of the profits made from any housing/shops that are created.

The meeting was very positive about the future of the campaign and a great deal of support was pledged. Russ Timpson suggested starting a ‘fighting fund’ to cover immediate expenses which we have earmarked for legal advice.

On the Sunday following the meeting, a demonstration with 150 villagers was held outside the pub to raise the public profile, with children holding up big letters spelling out 'Save The Chequer Inn' and many adults with banners and posters! Craig Mackinlay, the Conservative MP for South Thanet, and an official from CAMRA were among the protesters who were filmed and photographed for the local press. Craig told Media “There are a lot of people very keen for this pub to be up and running and I would encourage Dover Council to accept the ACV application. Pubs are the heart of our community and this historic pub should not be lost.”

The Planning Officer’s report was released ahead of the DDC Planning Meeting that was scheduled for 21st January, and - as expected - was in favour of the development. However, it was very one sided, and the group wanted the Councillors to hear more of the village’s side of the story. To win at the hearing, an alternative planning report had to be provided to give the Councillors evidence that the Planning Officer’s version was flawed.

Thanks to Neil Stuke’s contacts within in the legal world, we had over ten thousand pounds of advice, pro bono, from one of the top planning QCs in the UK. He said the Planning Officer’s report was full of holes and there was a very strong case against change of use. He offered a discounted rate of £1750 + VAT (half his usual daily rate) in order to produce an alternative document. In a meeting in the Church on 18th January, over 100 villagers raised the money to pay for the QC’s report, illustrating the passion that the community has for this project.

Every Councillor at Dover District Council received a series of emails from the campaign in the week that the Planning Meeting was due to take place. A 50 page report opposing the proposed development was sent with nearly 1000 pages of appendices.

As a result of this report, the "Chequer Inn" was taken off the agenda for January’s Planning Meeting. This was a wonderful victory and meant that the Councillors were taking the time to read everything through thoroughly. A new report will be written up by the Planning Officer for a new meeting date.

Since then Dover District Council announced that the "Chequer Inn" has been listed again as an Asset of Community Value. Another victory for the group!

As this campaign grows, more and more villagers are getting involved, more and more media coverage is being generated, and the need for a community space in the village is becoming more and more apparent. We now have around 600 social media followers and an email database of nearly 200 villagers who have subscribed to receive updates.

There is a lot of support in Ash for keeping our lovely pub as a community asset, but there is also the finance and expertise to have the "Chequer Inn" up and running again.

Anyone interest in the progress of Save The Chequer Inn group can follow us on Twitter @SaveChequerInn - or Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/savethechequerinn (Click the LIKE button).
Demo Video https://youtu.be/gm6odcR-bGs

 

Matt Titterton.

 

From an email received 19 April 2016.

Chequer committee 2016

We did it! We aimed to save The Chequer Inn from conversion to a single dwelling by a property developer, and on 25th February 2016 we won our battle. Plans to turn the 15th century pub into a house were refused by a planning committee at Dover District Council, where around 60 residents turned out to show their support with banners and posters. The committee unanimously voted against the Planning Officer’s advice and saved the pub from change of use after seeing the large support it had from our community.

Matthew Titterton spoke for 6 minutes on why Dover District Council should reject the application, followed by Sue Chandler, chairman of Dover District Council and Ash resident, who highlighted the important part the pub has to play in the community. The committee said that they did not believe the pub had been marketed properly and that this was why it was not taken up after the last landlords ran it in late 2013 to early 2014.

Cllr Bill Gardner admitted that he had changed his mind during the course of the meeting. He said that he had come to the council offices with the opinion of “use it or lose it” but concluded: “I think the people of Ash should be given an opportunity to see if it could work.” Cllr Andrew Richardson echoed this, saying: “It is clear that this pub is valued, I can see that from the level of support in the village. We need to find another way to give the village another chance to make this work.”

On 1st March DDC received notice from the owners of their intention to sell the property. We are delighted with the news and the Asset of Community Value status allows us to slow down the sale process so that we can spend more time as a community to work out the next step. The owners have now passed all communications over to a solicitor. Ash Parish Council triggered the moratorium period until 1st September, allowing a new community group "ChequerMates" to raise the funds and put forward a proposal to the owner. During this time, the owner can speak with others, but he can only exchange contracts with our community group.

Matt Titterton.

 

From the Dover Mercury, 18 August, 2016.

Community-run pub step closer thanks to donation.

A group in Ash has been awarded a £2,500 bursary to help purchase The Chequer Inn as a community-run pub.

Chequers

The ChequerMates steering group formed after campaigners saved the historic pub from being converted into housing earlier this year. Since then they have been working on a bid for the listed building.

To keep the momentum going, the group held a pub-themed night at Ash Village Hall on Friday with more than 150 people attending.

Drinks were supplied by Gadds and Ripple Steam Brewery and a  hog roast was cooked by Pigs & Bread Catering.

Matthew Titterton, organiser and member of the group, said: “The evening proved there is a huge market for the return of the family-friendly restaurant and pub which closed its doors more than two years ago.

“Along with a coffee morning held the week before, £725 was raised and this will be used towards campaign costs over the next few months.”

One of the main aims of the evening was to announce the formation of The Chequer Inn Ash Society - a new community benefit group which will get funding from grants, loans, donations and a community share offer.

The group received the bursary from The Plunkett Foundation’s More Than A Pub scheme, which is funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government and The Power to Change Trust - to help with professional advice and enable the society to purchase the pub.

The next step has been to try and gain access to the property to work out what the cost of renovations would be and have an independent survey conducted.

However, Mr Titterton said so far any attempts at gaining access to the property have been unsuccessful.

David Greaves, a fellow member of ChequerMates, said: “The primary objective of the society is to run The Chequer Inn for the benefit of the community.

“The more people who are able to pledge a donation or buy shares, and the wider the section of the community that is involved in the project, the greater the likelihood of success.

“Due to the paperwork associated with the financial bodies involved, the society are not yet able to launch a formal share offer, so at present we are asking for pledges to help gauge the level of support.

“Tens of thousands have already been pledged and, once the goal is met, the society will make a formal offer to the owner.

“Anyone who believes in village pubs and community ventures should show their support by pledging and investing in the future of the community so that the community hub is run for the good of everyone.”

The pub’s guide price is £340,000 but the group will need to set money aside for renovation works and funds for the reopening.

For information or a pledge form, email chequermates@ gmail.com or call David or Jane on 01304 813010.

ChequerMates steering group Ash Village Hall hosted a pub-themed night at Ash Village Hall.

Chequers steering group

Picture: Matthew Titterton.

 

From the Dover Mercury, 26 November, 2016. By Emily Stott.

Plan to convert pub into home opposed.

Plans to turn a 15th century coach house into a home have been criticised by residents in Ash.

The "Chequer Inn," Chequer Lane, could be turned into a home and garage if an application is given the go-ahead.

The main concerns are that a new access road would cut into the garden, reducing its size and becoming intrusive to neighbouring buildings.

An earlier application to turn the pub garden into another dwelling was withdrawn earlier this month after it received 27 objections and only three supporters.

Objectors said the two-storey house would have a detrimental impact on the surrounding houses and would increase traffic in the area.

The proposal for the Grade II listed pub itself has also faced opposition.

Rebecca Smith, of The Street, Ash, said: “It is pleasing to note that the entirely inappropriate proposal for a large detached dwelling in the pub garden has been withdrawn.

“The lack of clarity over the future of the garden needs to be addressed by the owner before proper consideration can be given to the current application.

“Without the entire garden the proposed layout destroys the visual aspect of the conservation area. The proposed ‘garden’ is cramped and, with the peculiar over-abundance of hedging and fencing, destroys the openness which has always been a delightful feature of the "Chequer Inn." This openness contributed to the reasoning behind its original Grade II listing.

“The proposals utterly destroy the scale of the site which has existed since the building was erected in the 15th century.”

Residents and neighbours have claimed the four bedroom house would “overlook and intimidate” neighbouring properties and destroy the visual aspect of the historic conservation area.

The timber-framed pub sat empty for 18 months, with successive landlords unable to make a go of it.

At a meeting on Monday, November 16, Ash Parish Council considered the application and had no objections to the amended proposals.

 

 

LICENSEE LIST

ROBERTS Thomas 1674

HOLLINGSBURY Richard & Elizabeth 1708

BRASHER Thomas 1721 (probably the same as Brazier)

CORK John (Chequer new license) Wingham Ale Licences 1740

BRAZIER Thomas 1740-56 Wingham Ale Licences 1740

BRAZIER Jane 1781

HUGHES Edward & Jane 1784

REED Edward 1785

BELWAY Isaak 1802

BALSDORK William 1807

MARSH Thomas 1818

MARSH Henry 1832-47+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29Pigot's Directory 1832-34Pigot's Directory 1839Pigot's Directory 1840Bagshaw's Directory 1847

GOLDUP Edward 1858+ Next pub licensee had Melville's 1858 (Also coal dealer)

CLAYSON Charles 1869-82 (also farmer age 40 in 1881Census) Post Office Directory 1874Post Office Directory 1882

CLAYSON Alfred 1882

CHAMP Henry 1889

STRINGER Alfred Noah 1894-1901+ Kelly's 1899 (also carrier age 35 in 1901Census)

BOXALL Johnathan 1903-Mar/11 Dover Express

HOPTON Frederick John Mar/1911-14+ Dover ExpressPost Office Directory 1913Post Office Directory 1914 (From Hackney)

AMOS Llewellyn S H 1916-Feb/24 Post Office Directory 1922Dover Express

Last pub licensee had BECKETT Edward Albert Feb/1925-June/27 Next pub licensee had Dover Express

WRIGHT/LIGHT George William June/1927+ Dover Express

SHERRIN Harold James 1930-May/31 Post Office Directory 1930Dover Express

WILSON John George May/1931-Aug/42 Kelly's 1934Post Office Directory 1938Dover Express

COOK George W E Aug/1942-Apr/48 Dover Express (Bombed out Canterbury licensee)

TWIDDY Stanley A Apr/1948+ Dover Express

WAYMAN William Ray 1973-86 Library archives 1974 Fremlins

CODING Paul 1996

HEATH David & Beverley 1998

GEE Stephen & Maureen Ann 2000-02+

???? Tina & Mark 2002+

WYRILL Mark & Sue 2005

???? Dolly & Bruce 2007

SAUNDERS Dean July-Oct/2008

MUNDEN Richard Nov 2008-Nov/11

???? Richard? Under temporary management Nov/2011-8?Feb/12

HATZIPOLAKIS Minos 8/Feb/2012-Aug/12

ANTONY Stuart Aug/2012+

http://pubshistory.com/Chequers.shtml

 

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 1839From the Pigot's Directory 1839

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

Wingham Ale Licences 1740From Wingham Division Ale Licences 1740 Ref: KAO - QRLV 3/1

Bagshaw's Directory 1847From Bagshaw Directory 1847

Melville's 1858From Melville's Directory 1858

Post Office Directory 1874From the Post Office Directory 1874

Post Office Directory 1882From the Post Office Directory 1882

Kelly's 1899From the Kelly's Directory 1899

Post Office Directory 1913From the Post Office Directory 1913

Post Office Directory 1914From the Post Office Directory 1914

Post Office Directory 1922From the Post Office Directory 1922

Post Office Directory 1930From the Post Office Directory 1930

Kelly's 1934From the Kelly's Directory 1934

Post Office Directory 1938From the Post Office Directory 1938

Library archives 1974Library archives 1974

Dover ExpressFrom the Dover Express

 

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