Page Updated:- Thursday, 10 January, 2019.


Earliest 1828-

Golden Ball

Latest 2016

(Name to)

Canterbury Road



Golden Ball 1955

Above postcard, 1955. Kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Golden Ball

Above postcard, date unknown.

Golden Ball

Above photo by Darkstar, date unknown.

Golden Ball Tug-o-War team 1911

Above photo showing the Tug-of-War team in 1911.

Golden Ball hop pickers 1911

Above photo showing Hop Pickers in 1911.

Golden Ball hop pickers 1913

Above postcard is dated 28 June 1913 and shows the men and boy hop pickers posing outside the "Golden Ball" on the Canterbury Road.

Golden Ball

Above photo, date unknown, by Judy Vowles.

Golden Ball sign 1994

Above sign, January 1994.

With thanks from Brian Curtis

Golden Ball light

Above photo by Darkstar, date unknown.

Golden Ball 2019

Above photo, 2019.


From the Kent and Sussex Courier, 31 October, 1873.

Caution to Cattle Salesmen. The "Yew Tree."

On Monday evening last, Mr. Price Jones left for the night 51 Welsh bullocks, which he had brought for sale at Ashford on Tuesday, in the meadow at the "Golden Ball," Kennington, and in the morning four were dead, it is supposed, from eating the branches of a yew hedge which encloses the field. One of the animals was opened, and a piece of yew six inches long found in its stomach. The Inspector, Mr. G. Fordham, refused to admit the other beasts into the Market, as the cause of death had not then been ascertained, so Mr. Jones not only lost the four beasts which died, but lost the market for the others as well.


Pigot's Directory of 1832, stated that the premises was also a brewery run by John Gearing.

The sign of the "Golden Ball," in the 1980s, shows a fortune-teller's crystal ball.

The pub was sold to Shepherd Neame in 2016 and I assume the pub changed name to the "Old Mill" then.



CULBUSH James 1828+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29

GEARING John 1832-61+ (age 59 in 1851Census) Pigot's Directory 1832-34

HAYES Joseph 1881+ (age 35 in 1881Census)

AKHURST Joseph 1891+ (age 63 in 1891Census)

CHANTLER James C 1901+ (age 45 in 1901Census)

GRANT Charles 1911+ (age 72 in 1911Census)


Pigot's Directory 1828-29From the Pigot's Directory 1828-29

Pigot's Directory 1832-34From the Pigot's Directory 1832-33-34



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