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Windmill Inn 1910

Above photo, circa 1910, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.


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Above photo 2019.


Kentish Gazette. Tuesday 11 October 1842.


WEIGHT OF FLEECE, 10 1/4 lbs.

Inquire of James Millen, "Windmill Inn," Throwley, near Faversham, Kent, where they may be seen.

October 9th. 1842.


Canterbury Journal, Kentish Times and Farmers' Gazette - Saturday 13 November 1847.

The Stabbing case at Throwley, near Faversham.

The quiet village of Throwley near Faversham, near which is the seat of Lord Harris, has been the scene of a most tragical occurrence, from the effects of which a man of the name of Richard Cox has died.

Wednesday week the ploughing match of the Faversham Agricultural Association took place at the above Village, which caused a great many of the agricultural population to meet together, and after the match a party of them adjourned to the public house, when a dispute arose between the deceased and a labourer, named Edward Spillett, which ended in a fight outside the house. It appears the deceased had obtained the advantage of Spillett, and had got him on the ground, when the latter it is supposed, took out his knife and stabbed deceased in several parts of the body; from one of the stabs deceased entrails protruded. Spillett was immediately taken into custody, and underwent an examination on Thursday, before Mr. E. Jarman, one of the county justice's, when he was remanded for further examination until the fate of Cox could be known. From the first no hopes were entertained of the deceased's recovery, and he expired on Friday morning, about 7 o'clock. Both the deceased and the accused were men of very bad character.

Spillett underwent a further examination before the Rev. Dr. Poore (chairman of the division of Upper Scray). G. Hilton Esq., General Gooselin, and N. J. Knatchbull Esq., at the "Ship Inn," Faversham, on Monday last, when the following evidence was adduced.

Daniel Rook, of Throwley, labourer examined:- On Wednesday evening last I was at the "Windmill" public house, Throwley, in company with Richard Cox (the deceased,) Edward Spillitt, Charles Clinch, and others, between 8 and 9n o'clock. Spillett and Clinch left the house, and went out on the green, just in front of the house, to fight. They had had a few words indoors. I and Cox and several others went out at the same time to see them fight. They fought about 10-minutes or a quarter of an hour, and Clinch then gave in. Cox acted a second to Clinch for the last round or two. As soon as Clinch gave in, Cox said he would fight "e'er a Spillett there and there with one hand;" and then Cox and Spillett went at it directly. Cox hit Spillett first, and Spillett returned it. Spillett then went down and Cox on top of him. They got up and fought again, and went down again and Cox was on Spillett again. I went up and said to Cox, "Come, Dick, get up;" and he said, "I can't, he holds me;" and I pulled him partly up, and he got up and went towards the public house. I think I was the first person who went up to Cox after they fell; it was very dark. Cox and Spillett were both "fresh." There were between 20 and 30 persons round whilst Cox and Spillett with fighting; but no one was near enough to touch Cox but Spillett.

George Epps, of Throwley, labourer examined:- I was present when Spillett and Clinch fought on the evening of Wednesday last on Throwley Green. After Clinch gave in, I heard Cox offer to fight any of the Spillett's with one hand. I then saw Cox go up and strike Spillett, and Spillett struck him again, and then they joined, and Spillett fell and Cox on him; they got up, and I went up to Spillett and told him to put on his clothes and go home, and he said, "No, ----- his heart, if he comes here again, I'll kill him." Cox came at him again and Spillett fell down again and Cox on top of him, and Rook came up and pulled him off.

John Stevens, of Faversham, labourer examine:- I was at the "Windmill" public house on Wednesday evening last, 3rd of November, and went out on the green just after Clinch and Spillett had done fighting. I heard Cox say to he would fight any of the Spillett's on the ground with one hand. Cox and Spillett had a round, I believe; but I was behind and did not see it. I then saw Cox and Spillett have another round, and Spillett went down, and Cox on him. I got through the crowd, and went up and took hold of Cox by the right arm to help him up, and he said "I am stabbed, Spillett is the man who done it, and no one else," and he asked me to let him lie. When I got through the crowd up to Cox he was on the ground, but I did not then see Spillett, and just after Filmer came up. I assisted Filmer in getting Cox into the house; we undressed him, and on examining him found several wounds, one in the small of the back, to which I held a handkerchief to stop the blood, and another in the belly, from which is entrails were hanging out. Cox asked to see Spillett, that he might forgive him, and said that he was the man who has done it, and no one else.

Julious Gaborian Shepherd of Faversham, Clerk to the magistrates, examined:- On Thursday last attended, in company with Mr. Jarman, one of the county magistrates, at the "Windmill" public house, Throwley, for the purpose of taking the statement of Richard Cox, who I understood was dying from wounds received by him on the previous evening. I produced a written declaration and statement; made by him, he being fully aware of his situation, and that he was then in a dying state. After the examination was taken and signed, it was ascertained that Spillett was in the house, and he was brought up before Cox, in the presence of Mr. Jarman and myself; and the examination so taken was then read over to Cox in the presence of Spillett, and he again stated that the whole was quite true and correct, and that he felt sure he could not live long.

The statement was then put in, which was to the effect as detailed by previous witnesses, and that when on the ground with Spillett he felt him stab him.

George Mundy, of Charing, surgeon, examined:- I was sent for on Wednesday evening last, at 9 o'clock, to attend at Throwley. I went and found Richard Cox at the "Windmill" public house, he was in a complete state of collapse from haemorrhage occasioned by loss of blood from wounds received in different parts of the body. I examined him, and found one in the abdomen, another on the right side just below the short ribs, and four others at different parts. The one in the abdomen was about an inch and a half in length, and from it the small bowels had protruded; the parts were inflated and inflamed in consequence of the smallest of the sperture of the wound. The wound on the right side was rather more than an inch wide, and, as I supposed, had penetrated nearly four inches. I have since discovered from a post-mortem examination of the body, that the liver had been wounded through the aperture or wound on the right. I felt sure that Cox's death was occasioned by the wounds he had so received. The wounds were inflicted by an instrument similar to the knife now produced (a knife found upon the prisoner Spillett when taken into custody.) They were inflicted by a single-edged instrument. I saw Cox about ten minutes after Mr. Jarman and Mr. Shepherd had left him on Thursday, and I then told him that from the nature of the wounds it was quite impossible he should could live, and asked him if he could tell me who inflicted those wounds; and he said it was Edward Spillett.

Several other witnesses, who were present at the fight, were called and examined, but their testimony was similar to that of the former witnesses.

At the conclusion of the examination the Rev. Dr. Poore told the prisoner he would stand committed to Maidstone Assizes, to take his trial for the wilful murder of Richard Cox. The prisoner is a young man, having a wife and two children, and was much affected during the examination.


An inquest was held on Tuesday before Mr. Delasaux, when the evidence was pretty much a recapitulation of that given before the magistrates, with the addition of the constables who took the prisoner into custody.

Giorgos Austin, constable of Eastling, deposed, that he went in company with Theobalds to the house of Spillett, the day after the occurrence, and told him that he must take him prisoner; when Spillett asked "what for?" Theobalds said "I suppose you know what for," and he replied "Yes - I suppose it's for that job of Cox's." Theobalds said "Yes it is;" and desired him to get a light, when he (Theobalds) said he must search Spillett to see if he had anything about him. Spillett then pulled out of his pocket a knife (now produced). Finding on examination that there were no marks of blood on it, but that it was greasy, and making a remark to the effect, Spellett said he had used it in eating his supper. There were several marks of blood on Spillett's clothes.

Thomas Theobolds, constable, corroborated this evidence, adding that after he had Spillett in custody, he said he had heard that Cox was stabbed; to which he (witness) replied in the affirmative.

The jury after a lengthened and patient inquiry returned the verdict of Manslaughter against Edward Spillett.


From the Kentish Chronicle and General Advertiser, 31 August, 1861. Price 1 1/2d.


An inquest was held at this is place on the body of James Pearson, a labourer, aged 30, before T. T. Delasaux, Esq., the coroner, on Monday last.

Henry Sayer deposed:— I live at Maidstone. I have been in the employ of Mr. Alfred Cobb, of Throwley, for the past fortnight, harvesting. On Saturday night last, between the hours of eight and nine, I retired to rest with my wife, and Thomas Waters and his wife and child, in a lodge on New Bridge Farm. There was a quantity of straw in the lodge upon which we slept. About eleven o’clock the same night I heard some one call “fire,” and I instantly saw a blaze in the lodge, the straw being alight. I then called the others, and we all got out safe. The deceased slept on some straw outside the lodge.

Mary Waters:— I live at Maidstone. I with my husband and others, went to rest in a lodge on New Barn Farm at about nine o’clock. At eleven o’clock my husband awoke me; and the straw in the lodge close to where Mark Lawrence and his wife were was in flames. Either Mark Lawrence or his wife had a light (a candle I believe) shortly previous to the straw catching fire. They were to sleep in the lodge.

Frederick Ford, labourer of Faversham, said:— I left the “Windmill” public-house, at Throwley, at about twelve o’clock on Saturday night, and was proceeding towards home, when I saw a lodge at New Barn in flames, and several persons running therefrom. Shortly afterwards I heard a scream which proceeded from the end of the lodge, and then the deceased said, ''Take poor Jem away,” I immediately took him away from the fire. He was very much burnt about every part of his person, and I assisted in taking him to a cottage a short distance from the place where found him. I then went home.

Thomas Waters and Louisa Sayer.

Mary Cheeseman, of Throwley said:- I live in a cottage on New Barn Farm. On Saturday night between the hours of twelve and one the deceased was brought away from the burning lodge, and taken into the cottage occupied by Mrs. Wood. He was severely suffering from being burnt. He died yesterday morning about seven o’clock from the injuries he received.

The Jury returned a verdict of “Accidental death.”


Sporting Life, 5 January 1891.


International gun and polo club meeting, at Hondon, at Mr. F. Kennett's, "Windmill Inn," Throwley, Kent (12 noon).


From the By Helen Geraghty, 13 May 2019.

Charles Bainbridge house for sale was once the Windmill Inn.

On top of the North Downs, this former village pub comes with original 18th-century fireplaces, exposed beams and eight acres of land.

Once known as the Windmill Inn, it originally took its name from a neighbouring smock mill, now long gone.

While there’s still plenty of character, the property at Throwley Forstal near Faversham is now a comfortable four-bedroom home, with the two large pub rooms at the front now a dining room and an extended sitting room, each with a fireplace and linked by double doors.

The Old Windmill Inn is now a four-bedroom home.

An L-shaped kitchen/breakfast room is at the back of the house and the house has a downstairs cloakroom.

Windmill inside 2019

There are beams and fireplaces.

There’s still fun to be had in the old function room at the back, which makes a great games room or party venue. And instead of barrels, the old beer cellar now houses an oil-fired boiler providing the central heating and hot water.

On the first floor the master bedroom has an en suite shower room. There are three further bedrooms and a family bathroom.

There is driveway parking as well as a garage, workshop and some other outbuildings.

At the back is a courtyard, lawns, mature trees and a kitchen garden with greenhouse. Grazing land is fenced and has a separate access, making the total plot of eight acres.

Windmill grounds 2019

The old pub comes with eight acres.

Paul Willmott of selling agent Charles Bainbridge, says: “Throwley Forstal is a picturesque village surrounded by delightful farmland and countryside.”

The house is priced at 925,000.

For information ring the agent on 01227 780227.



MILLEN James 1841+ (also butcher age 38 in 1841Census)

THEOBALDS Thomas 1851-82+ (also farmer age 33 in 1851Census)

THEOBALD Henry 1871+ (also farmer age 54 in 1871Census)

KENNETT Henry 1891+ (age 52 in 1891Census)

NICHOLLS James Henry 1901-13+ (age 37 in 1901Census) Kelly's 1903



Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903


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