Page Updated:- Tuesday, 14 March, 2023.


Earliest ????

Man of Kent

Closed ????

Denwood Street


Butcher's Arms 1900

Above photo, 1896 kindly sent by Rory Kehoe. Showing Albert Graves (man in centre licensee of the "Butcher's Arms" in Ashley) outside the "Man of Kent." The man of the right of him is his father, John Graves age 77.

Man of Kent 1914

Above postcard taken from a book with the documentation saying:- "In this picture the postman can be seen near the door with his bicycle while George Wood, and employee, is standing by the horse & cart which he regularly used for deliveries throughout Godmersham and Crundale.

Man of Kent

Above postcard, date unknown. Kindly sent by Jan Rafferty.

Man of Kent 1930

Above postcard, 1930.

Man of Kent 1950

Above photo 1950, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Man of Kent 1950

Above photo, circa 1950 showing Sydney Curtis the gentleman in the centre. Kindly sent by Jan Rafferty.

Man of Kent 1950

Above photo, circa 1950. Kindly sent by Jan Rafferty.

Man of Kent bar

Above postcard, date unknown, showing the inside of the pub.

Man of Kent 2008

Above photo 2008 by Nick Smith Creative Commons Licence.

Man of Kent

Above photo, date unknown. Kindly sent by Jan Rafferty.

Man of Kent sign 1986

Above sign, August 1986.

With thanks from Brian Curtis

It appears that the above sign is very similar to the one sent to me of "Man of Kent" at High Halden. Confirmation of correctness required please.

Man of Kent card 1955Man of Kent card 1955

Above card issued April 1955. Sign series 5 number 27.


The building dates back to about 1760, and was formerly a private house, in 1870 it became a shop and later gained a license to sell beers and ended up as a public house.

The pub doubled as a shop till at least 1953 when Sydney Curtis was licensee, who was described as the licensee and shop keeper.

I have been informed by Michael Mirams that the pub closed in 1957, he says it was sold de-licensed in February 1957 to a Frank Harvey for 1,000. In 2002, it was on the market for 400,000! The above info gleaned from David Harper's book 'Whitbread - The Inn Behind The Signs.' My guess is that the inn sign was left standing until removal after 1986.


Project 2014 has been started to try and identify all the pubs that are and have ever been open in Kent. I have just added this pub to that list but your help is definitely needed regarding it's history.

As the information is found or sent to me, including photographs, it will be shown here.

Thanks for your co-operation.



PILCHER Frank 1891+ (age 48 in 1891Census)

CURTIS Sydney 1949-Nov/53 Next pub licensee had




If anyone should have any further information, or indeed any pictures or photographs of the above licensed premises, please email:-