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Earliest 1792-

Crooked Billet

Latest 1973+

(Name to)



Crooked Billet 1911

Above postcard, circa 1911, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Frank Woollett postcard

Above showing the reverse of the card, written by Frank Woollett, dated 13th December 1911 and saying the following:- "Could you supply me with 2 fat geese (quite prepared to pay more) 2 large turkeys on Saturday next. Answer by return will oblige. F Woollett."

Crooked Billet 1909

Above photo, date 1909, by kind permission of Eric Hartland.

Crooked Billet 1915

Above postcard, circa 1915.

Crooked Billet

Above postcard, circa 1915, kindly sent by Debi Birkin.

Above photo, circa 1973, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.


Changed name to the "Shurland Hotel" date unknown.


From a list made by Stephen Rouse 1792 transcribed by Wendy James.


Lived (Davidson/Dawson) and wife. She was a Docties. Then Bradshaw (after Davidson/Dawson died). Then Hodges, now Feakens. It was a public house until Hodges carried the licence to the Street. It belonged to Mr. Barling of Linsted, who sold it to Montrefore of Throwley the present owner. It is in the manor of Minster.


Kentish Gazette, Tuesday 27th September 1814.

The Manor of Shurland, and several very Capital Farms, Public Houses, and Cottages, in the Isle of Sheppey.

To be sold by auction, by Messrs. Driver, at the "Rose," Sittingbourne, on Friday, October 14th, at 12, in 22 lots.

All the very capital and extensive Freehold Estates, most desirable situate in the Isle of Sheppey, comprising the Manor of Shurland, and a large old Mansion House, called Shurland Hall, formerly the residence of Lord Cheney, together with several large compact farms, part tythe free, called Grove's and Grove's and Tagg's Marshes, Hook Farm, and Marshes, Hole, Norwood Garret's, Rowett's East Church, Trout's and Wherrett's Rides, Jenkin's, and Ride's Marshes, Old Marshes, Shurland Rayham, "Crooked Billet" public house and cottages in East Church, and other lands, containing in the whole about 3300 acres, in the occupation of Thomas Rutton Esq., Thomas Grant, Messrs. Matson, John Pratt, and others, all yearly tenants, and of the present estimated value of nearly 6,000 per annum.

Printed particulars will be ready after the 20th September, and may be then had at Mr. Knell's, Carpenter, Eastchurch; "Kings Head," Canterbury; "Ship," Dover; "Rose," Sittingbourne; "Crown," Rochester; "Saracen's Head," Ashford; "Bell," Maidstone; "George," Dartford; of Messrs. Hinde and Son, and at the "George," Milton; of Mr. Swaine, Solicitor, Bristol; of Messrs. Jones and Green, Solicitors, Shaftesbury Square; and of Messrs. Driver, Surveyors and Land Agents, Kent Road, or at their offices in the Auction Mart, London, where the plans of the Estate may be seen.


South Eastern Gazette, Tuesday 16 July 1861.

Accident and sudden death.

On Tuesday last, as Mr. Barnes, of the "Smack Inn," Warden, was returning home from Eastchurch in a cart in which was also his wife and one of his children, the shafts of the car broke near to the body of the vehicle, which caused the cart to fall backwards, when a barrel of beer rolled over the poor child and crushed it's brains out, death of course being instantaneous.

Mr. and Mrs. Barnes sustained several contusions, though not of any importance.

On the same day a labourer named Jarrett was sent by Mr. Barnes, the father of the unfortunate child, to fetch the cart away from the place where it had been left. He, on his way, went into the "Crooked Billet," with a companion, and drank about quarter of a pint of porter, when he made a slight noise and dropped down dead, death resulting from disease of the heart.


From the Maidstone and Kentish Journal, Monday, 28 May, 1866.


Messrs. Cobb have received instructions from the Executors of the late Mr. Joseph Ashley, to sell by auction, in the month of June, at the "Sun Hotel," Chatham.

The Valuable Freehold and Leasehold Public Houses, Beer Houses, Trade Premises, Dwelling Houses, &c., viz:-




The "Crooked Billet," Eastchurch.

Further notice as to time, &c., of sale, will shortly be issued.

Particulars in the meantime may be obtained of Messrs. Acworth and Son, Solicitors, Star Hill, Rochester; of Messrs. Morris, Stone, Townson, and Morris, solicitors, Moorgate Street Chambers, Moorgate Street; and of Messrs. Cobb, surveyors and land agents, 26, Lincoln's-inn-fields, London, and Rochester, Kent.


Canterbury Journal, Kentish Times and Farmers' Gazette 7 March 1903.

An application on behalf of Messrs. Rigden for permission to enlarge and improve the "Crooked Billet" at Eastchurch was disallowed.



HODGES Mr 1792

Last pub licensee had KEELER William 1851-58+ Next pub licensee had (age 37 in 1851Census)


GOODWIN William 1871-82+ (age 57 in 1871Census)

HOOKER William H 1891-1903+ (age 28 in 1891Census) Kelly's 1903

WOOLLETT Frank 1911-22+ (age 49 in 1911Census)

GODDEN Henrietta S 1930+

PINKHAM Percy R D 1931-38+


Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903



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