Sort file:- Hadlow, March, 2022.

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Earliest ????

Blacksmith's Arms

Closed 2005

High Street


Blacksmith's Arms 2009

Above photo circa 2009.


Sussex Agricultural Express 03 October 1890.


Mr. W. C. Cripps, solicitor, of Tunbridge Wells, applied for the renewal, to Mr. David Warnett, of the license of the "Blacksmith's Arms," at Hadlow, which was adjourned from the annual licensing meeting, as the landlord had been convicted of permitting gaming on his licensed premises.

He said that the house had been in the possession of the applicant's family for the last 150 years, and had been licensed the whole of that time, except during the period when the old house was pulled down, and a more commodious place erected.

It was an entirely free house, and not under the control of any brewer. The property belonged to the family, Mr. Warnett's mother having a life interest in it, and, after her death, the whole of the brothers and sisters had an equal share in it, some of whom had mortgaged their shares. He not only today represented the applicant, but the family, and the mortgages as well.

The conviction was for allowing gaming on the 1st January, the week after Christmas, and it was in the applicant's favour that, on being spoken to by the police, he at once admitted the facts of the case, and at the hearing guilty. The fact was that there was a kind of family party, and a goose was raffled for. At the hearing of the case Supt. Barnes said that it was only fair to the defendant to say that he was not the party who found the dice, but that they were brought into the house by someone else. He was, however, present, and liable and responsible for what took place. He thought again that the bet might take into consideration the time of the year when this was committed. Although wrong, there was no doubt it prevailing opinion in this part of the country, as well as in others, that there was not much wrong in raffling for such a thing as a goose at Christmas time. He was not for one moment going to justify it, but it was for their worships to say what penalty should be inflicted. As they knew, it would be a very serious penalty not to renew this license, as it would not only injure the applicant, but the property, and several persons as well. It was an isolated case, and was very different to where young men, and married men as well, were induced to gamble at cards for sums of money.

Though the license was endorsed, the penalty inflicted was only a pound, when the bench had the power to inflict, a penalty of 10. The house had been conducted in an admirable manner both before and since this case, and there had not been a single complaint by the police, or anyone else. He had a memorial signed by the Rev. P. H. Monypenny (the vicar), Dr. Lawrence, Mr. Conley (one of the churchwardens), Mr. Court, Mr. Churches, Mr. Bailey and a large number of the principal inhabitants, asking the bench to favourably consider the application, and describing the applicant as of the highest character for sobriety, respectability, and of general good character. The applicant had held the house for two years, and he did not think that the bench would inflict on him such a severe punishment as the loss of his license for the first offence.

There was, as well, a legal point, which he would not trouble the bench with at the present time.

The Chairman said that he had received a letter from the Rev. P. H. Monypenny stating that the applicant was a man of the highest respectability.

Supt. Barnes, in reply to the bench, said that there was not a more respectable man in Hadlow than the applicant.

The Chairman announced that the bench would renew the license, and hoped that nothing of the kind would occur again.


Portsmouth Evening News 23 December 1925.


Mr. David John Warnett, who has just disposed of the "Blacksmith's Arms," Hadlow, Tonbridge, Kent, has been the village blacksmith and beerseller for nearly half a century, whilst the "Blacksmith's Arms " has been in the possession of his family for three centuries.

Mr. Warnett was taught boxing in his youth by the renowned Tom Sayers.


Sevenoaks Chronicle and Kentish Advertiser 11 February 1949.


No opposition was offered to applications for full licences made by Arthur Alvin Leonard Barby, "Blacksmith's Arms," Hadlow.


The pub closed in 2005 and changed into a fish and chip shop called the Hadlow Frier.



WARNETT James 1851-58+ (also blacksmith age 51 in 1851Census)

WARNETT Frances 1862-74+ (also blacksmith widow age 62 in 1871Census)

WARNETT George A 1881+ (blacksmith age 36 in 1881Census)

WARNETT Elizabeth to 1888 Maidstone and Kentish Journal

WARNETT David John 1888-Dec/1925 (also blacksmith age 52 in 1901Census) Maidstone and Kentish Journal

FOREMAN C Mr 1927+

BARBY Arthur Alvin Leonard 1938-49+

BALL Fred to 2005



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