Page Updated:- Tuesday, 27 February, 2024.


Earliest 1828+

Chequers Inn

Open 2020+

87 Dartford Road


01322 865222

Chequers Inn 1909

Above postcard, circa 1909, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe. The sign top left says "Harry Wood ?????? Cricketer."

Harry Wood 1885

Above photo, circa 1885, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Harry Wood was born in Dartford in 1853 and played, as a professional, for Kent and later, Surrey, between 1876 and 1900. He also was capped for England and in March 1892, became the first wicketkeeper to score a test century, notching up an unbeaten 134 against South Africa in Cape Town. Harry Wood later stood as an umpire and died in 1919.

Chequers 1936

Above postcard, circa 1936, kindly supplied by Rory Kehoe.

Chequers 1957

Above photo, 1957, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe. People in shot unknown.

Chequers bar 2000

Above photo, August 2000, kindly sent by Philip Dymott.

Chequers Inn 2012

Above photo, December 2012, by Stephen Harris.

Chequers 2017

Above photo, August 2017, kindly sent by Ian Goodrick.

Chequers sign 1999

Above sign 1999.

With thanks from Brian Curtis


(Information below from Brian Brockie, 2017.)

The word 'Chequer' often refers to the wild service tree (sorbus torminalis), the fruit of which was used to make an alcoholic brew - hence the many pubs called 'Chequers' that can be found throughout the Country. The Chequers at Farningham dates back to at least 1828.

This was a tied "Fleet Brewery" pub in 1865 when the brewery was put up for auction.


South Eastern Gazette, Tuesday 1 June 1841.

Farningham. Shocking and fatal accident.

On Saturday last a man Hollands, of Stansted, was driving a light van, laden with timber, through Farningham, and not having taken the precautions to put the drag on the wheel, the load overpowered the horse, and caused it to set off at a furious rate down the street. The poor fellow, being anxious to check the animal, clung to his head till he was exhausted and thrown down with much force on the causeway. The unfortunate sufferer was picked up in a dreadful state, his right leg being literally crushed to pieces below the knee, the left leg was also broken. He was removed on a shutter to the "Chequers" public house close to the spot, where he was attended by Messrs. Hunt and Tippet, surgeons, who amputated the legs soon afterwards. The patient survived but a short time after the operation, and expired in great agony. The van was found dashed up against the cottage near the "Lion Inn," with a shaft through the windows. The vehicle was broken to pieces, but the horse was not much hurt. The cottager's wife narrowly escaped, being at the moment opening the door when the van was overturned upon the path, and fell against the house, forcing in the windows. We were very much surprised at the want of charitable feeling displayed at the adjacent public houses in refusing to take in the poor man immediately, without an order from the parochial authorities. Such conduct was most this discreditable to them.


South Eastern Gazette, Tuesday 8 June 1841.


A respectable jury were empanelled before J. N. Dudlow, Esq., coroner, at the "Chequer's" public-house, on Monday, the 31st ult. to investigate the circumstances relative to the death of Christopher Hollands, who was killed on the previous Saturday evening by an accident which we related last week. No additional particulars could be addressed. The jury returned a verdict of "Accidental Death."

There have been few events in this village that have caused a greater public sensation than the above, in consequence of the evident delay of the parish officers in giving an order for the immediate removal of a man to the public-house, as well as the unfortunate man being inhumanly refused admittance without it. The poor fellow, who was well known in the place, was actually allowed to remain in the street above half an hour, in a pitiable state. Surely humanity ought to have suggested in this case some speedy relief to alleviate the pains of a fellow creature.


Maidstone Journal and Kentish Advertiser, Tuesday 13 December 1842.


On the 6th. inst. at Farningham, Mr. Abraham Bevins, aged 68, Landlord of the "Chequers," Farningham.

The deceased was much respected by his neighbours and friends.


Kentish Gazette, 6 August 1850.

Assaulting a Constable.

Richard Turner, for assaulting Thomas Duffield, a constable in the execution of his duty, at Eynsford.

On the 5th July the prosecutor was sent for to the "Chequers" public house, where prisoner was fighting with a man named Smith. The Constable parted them, when the prisoner struck him several violent blows, and again after he was handcuffed. His Lordship sentence the prisoner to 6 months hard labour, upon which he threw up his cap and laughed, and left the bar.

The learner judge ordered him to be brought back, and informed him that from his conduct he must reconsider what was a proper sentence to pass upon him.


Kentish Gazette, Tuesday 18 March 1856.


John Harvey, Farningham, licensed victualler.


South Eastern Gazette, 17 July, 1860.


THIS compact INN, in the above market town, to be Let, with immediate possession.

Apply to Mr. Wm. Hodsoll, Auctioneer and Valuer, Farningham, Kent.



Local knowledge, further pictures, and licensee information would be appreciated.

I will be adding the historical information when I find or are sent it, but this project is a very big one, and I do not know when or where the information will come from.

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BEVINS Abraham 1828-Dec/42 dec'd (age 65 in 1841Census) Pigot's Directory 1828-29Pigot's Directory 1832-34

GIBSON William 1847-51+ (also smith age 48 in 1851Census)

HARVEY John 1855-56

KING John 1861-74+ (age 39 in 1861Census)

MILLS William H 1881+ (age 38 in 1881Census)

WOOD George 1891-1903+ (age 66 in 1901Census) Kelly's 1903

LARNER Charles 1911+ (age 26 in 1911Census)

ELLIS Herbert W 1913-22+

ROGERS Alban Ernest 1934-38+

STYLES Ronald 1951-55 Next pub licensee had


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

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

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903



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