Page Updated:- Wednesday, 16 February, 2022.


Earliest 1857-


Closed 1996



Plough 1887

Above photo 1887. The two little boys are Edwin and Cyril Collier. Then Edwin senior is the proprietor. The younger daughter is Ethel and the older one is Amy. Lilly and William are already away at work, Lilly at least is in London working as a domestic servant. Elizabeth is next in the photo, and the lass next to her is her sister, Florence Smith who has not yet married and moved away.

By Julia Smith.

Plough sign 1960

Above photo, 1960, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Plough 1970s

Above photo circa 1970s, kindly sent by Jenny Martin.

Plough hunt 1970s

Above photo circa 1970s, kindly sent by Jenny Martin.

Plough hunt 1970s

Above photo circa 1970s, kindly sent by Jenny Martin.

John Martin 1970s

Above photo circa 1970s, kindly sent by Jenny Martin. Showing John Martin and the Inglenook fireplace.

Above photo circa 1970s, kindly sent by Jenny Martin. Showing John Martin and Jenny (right) on their first day at the pub.

Plough card 1973

Above sign 1973.


Above photo, date unknown.


Above photo, 2010. I believe the house sold for 495,000.


One time Whitbread house that later turned Freehouse, unfortunately closed in 1996.

Now operating as a bed and breakfast.


Faversham Gazette, and Whitstable, Sittingbourne and Milton Journal, Saturday 6th June 1857.

Shottenden Thorn.

To be sold by public auction, by S. M. Shrubsole, on Monday next, June 8th, 1857, about 80 New Sheep Gates, 100 Use Stuff, Grindstone, the Household Furniture, Pewter Pots, Beer Cans, and Utensils-in-Trade of Mr. James Finn, on the premises, at the "Plough," Shottenden Thorn; under an execution as for arrears of rent.

The sale will commence at Noon precisely.


From By Helen Geraghty, 24 November 2014.

Four-bedroom Cottage, Shottenden.

Raise a glass to this old pub, which has made a lovely family home.

Plough 2014

Old Plough Cottage, Shottenden.

As its name suggests, this 18th century white weatherboarded house in the heart of an ancient agricultural hamlet was once the village pub, known simply as the Plough.

And while its days as a hostelry came to an end 25 years ago it still has a welcoming feel which captured the heart of owner Darril Ling at first visit.

Now on the market again after six years, this pretty home has been refurbished and updated extensively throughout. The beer barrels are long gone, but today contemporary styling blends beautifully with stacks of period features.

The building is believed to date from 1770 and period features include exposed timbers, a cellar and a large fireplace. Extensive improvements include new custom-made windows and joinery, a Jotul wood stove and new oil-fired boiler.

The entrance door leads to a lobby with large cupboard and in turn to the entrance hall.

As well as a large main sitting room there is a double aspect dining room, which has a connecting door to the kitchen/breakfast room. This has been fitted with a bespoke range of wall and base units with a matching island/breakfast bar unit all under quartz work surfaces. The floor is tiled with under-floor heating which extends into the useful utility room and downstairs cloakroom.

Upstairs a central landing gives access to each room. The master bedroom has lovely country views and a dressing area with walk-in wardrobe and French windows with a Juliet balcony. The en-suite shower room has been fitted to a high standard with under-floor heating.

There are three further bedrooms, one with an en-suite. The family bathroom is well fitted with a bath and separate shower.

The cellar is reached from the kitchen and outside there is a large three-bay garage with a room over.

The large gravelled drive/turning area provides parking for several vehicles.

The main garden is lawned with a variety of trees and shrubs as well as a paved terrace and gardener’s toilet.

In addition, the cottage has planning granted for a ground floor extension off the sitting room and also a barn in the garden.

Plough kitchen 2014

The kitchen, Old Plough Cottage, Shottenden

The property has oil-fired central heating and septic tank drainage.

Shottenden is in the Kent Downs about four miles south east of Faversham. Most of the houses in the hamlet are gathered around the little High Street, with the others scattered around four major farms.

Nearby railway stations are at Selling, Chilham, Chartham or Faversham.


Plough 2022

Above photo, February 2022, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe. It's now called Old Plough Cottage.


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.

All emails are answered.



KINGSMILL Lucy A 1861-71+ (widow also grocer age 50 in 1871Census)

KINGSMILL Thomas 1874+

KINGSMILL Sarah 1881+ (age 61 in 1881Census)

COLLIER Edwin 1882-91+ (age 51 in 1891Census)

MOORE George 1901-03+ (age 47 in 1901Census) Kelly's 1903

CULVER John William 1911+ (age 57 in 1911Census)

LAST Edward 1918+

BUTCHER Albert Edward 1930+

FRY Gordon 1967-69

MARTIN John 1969-76

WILCOX John & Carole 1989-93



Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903


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