Sort file:- Tonbridge, March, 2022.

Page Updated:- Sunday, 06 March, 2022.


Earliest 1881-

Good Intent

Latest 1969+

1 Waterloo Road


Good Intent 1881

Above photo, 1881, showing the original building, kindly sent by Jayn Isherwood.

Good Intent

Above postcard, date unknown.

Good Intent

Above photo, date unknown.

Former Good Intent location

Above image from Google, June 2014.


The top photo shows the 1881 incarnation of the "Good Intent." Jayne Isherwood says:- "I had always suspected that the pub that I remembered had two phases of construction where the back of the pub was older than the front. This picture now confirms my theory. It now explains the weird staircase that went down, then level then back up again where they must have connected to the older staircase."

I am informed by Michael Arnold that the letter building was open in 1956 but has since been demolished and now occupies part of the Lidl car-park.


Map of area

Above map, showing the location of the "Good Intent," "We Three Loggerheads" and the new pub called the "New Loggerheads" or "Loggers" identified as "Monstrosity."


Sevenoaks Chronicle and Kentish Advertiser 26 January 1940.


The death occurred after ten days' illness on Saturday of Mrs. Mary Manser, aged 76, of 4, St. Mary's-road, who for some 25 years was the licensee of the "Good Intent." Mrs. Manser had spent practically all her life in Tonbridge, and for many years her husband was the licensee of the "Imperial Tavern," which is now Ashby's Garage, at the foot of Quarry Hill. Her husband died in 1906, and it was about this time that Mrs. Manser moved to the "Good Intent." She retired from the business in 1925, when her son, Mr. W. A. Manser, took over the "Good Intent" for some time. She was a well-known member of the Licensed Victuallers' Association. Two daughters and one son are bereaved. The funeral took place on Wednesday at Tonbridge Cemetery, when the Rev. D. J. C. Speed-Andrews conducted the service The mourners were Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Manser, Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Sparrowhawk. Mr. and Mrs. J. Lambert, Mrs. Blanning, Mrs. Cloutt and Mrs. Richards. Wreaths were from members of the family and Mrs. Cheal and Jack: Mr. and Mrs. Collinson: All at Cliffe; Stanley Crayford and Bernard Stanley; Mr. and Mrs. W. Turley; Mr and Mrs. Hill and Daisy; All at 27, Priory-road and 136, Vale-road: Miss Turpin: the Misses Lambert: Mr. and Mrs. W. Cobb and Baby: Mr. H. Cobb and Mrs.; C. Martin: Mr. and Mrs. Blanning, Mr. and Mrs. Cloutt and family; Mr. and Mrs. Ingram and the boys.


From an email received 30 January 2020.

Whilst browsing photos of Tonbridge I came across your website on the "Good Intent." I lived very close to it from 1945-1970 and my grandfather used it as his “local”. I think the attached photo of my grandfather, William (Bill) Churchill was taken at the "Good Intent" probably around the 1950s/60s. He worked at the railway yard in Priory Road and was a “shunter”.

I remember going into the off-sales for him and collecting bottles!


John Mee.

Good Intent William Churchill 1950s

Above photo, circa 1950s showing local William (Bill) Churchill.

From an email received 14 March 2016.


I am writing in response to information regarding the “Good Intent” pub in Waterloo Road Tonbridge. This pub is close to my heart as it was run by my grandparents Doris and Albert Hyder up to its closure around the late 60’s, early 70’s. We used to visit regularly and stay over where I remember the windows looking over the station and being excited when the Golden Arrow steam train used to race through.

I have attached two pictures of my grandparents behind the bar at the Good Intent.

Good Intent licensee 1970s

The pub had a strange configuration where I think there was an earlier building that had been extended. We always had a strange feeling in the top staircase where my family suspected that it was haunted.

Good Intent licensees 1970s

The pub was under the Femlins Brewery where there was a lovely elephant on the sign.

Hope this helps and happy to help with any more information about part of my history.

Kind Regards.

Jaye Isherwood.

Good Intent beer garden 1970s.

Above photo showing Jaye's sisters with their grand parents, Doris and Albert Hyder in the beer garden in the 1970s.



FAIRCLOTH Eliza Faircloth 1881+ (widow age 45 in 1881Census)

RANGER William 1891+ (age 61 in 1891Census)

MANSER Mary Mrs 1906-25

MANSER William Arthur (son) 1925-38+

HYDER Albert & Doris late 1960s-70s




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