Page Updated:- Tuesday, 12 December, 2023.


Earliest 1828-

Five Bells

Open 2020+

Church Road


01689 821044

Five Bells 1865

Above photo, 1865.

Five Bells 1940

Above postcard, circa 1940, kindly sent by Peter Reed. Taken by his father W J Reed.

Five Bells 1940

Above postcard, circa 1940, showing the "Five Bells" at the end of the street, kindly sent by Peter Reed. Taken by his father W J Reed.

Five Bells garden 1950

Above photo, 1950 from the Philip Lane Collection.

Five Bells 1953

Above postcard, circa 1953, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Five Bells 1965

Above photo, 1965.

Five Bells 1973

Above photo 1973.

Five Bells 1976

Above postcard 1976. Kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Five Bells 1993

Above photo, 1993.

Five Bells sign 2020

Above sign, 2020.


Having just ventured into what is now Greater London, but which was part of Kent before 1965 I have just started to add information for this area.

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

Thanks for your co-operation.


South Eastern Gazette,10 January, 1860.


At the Patty Sessions, held at the "Bell Inn," on Monday, before Lord Sydney and five other magistrates, the following licenses were transferred:—

The "White Hart," Orpington, from Thomas Hayward to James Bruce.

The "Five Bells," Chelsfield, from Mrs. Sarah Jones to James Saker.

The "Guy, Earl of Warwick," Welling, from Henry Bartlett to W. K. Tritton.

There was no police business.


South Eastern Gazette, 1 May, 1860.

CHELSFIELD — Suicide of an Aged Man.

On Wednesday C. J. Carttar, Esq., coroner, held on inquest at the "Five Bells," to inquire into the death of Henry Richard French, an aged man, who was found hanging from a beam in a stable on the previous Monday, it appeared that the deceased, who was a wheelwright and carpenter, lived with his son and daughter-in-law, but being of advanced age (73), be did not do much work. It appeared, however, that he was in the habit of lighting the kitchen fire and getting the breakfast ready, and on Mrs. French coming down stairs on Monday between eight and nine o'clock, and finding the shutters not opened, she became alarmed, as her relative had been in a desponding way for some time, and on going to the stable she saw him suspended from a beam, but he was quite dead. The jury returned a verdict of "Temporary insanity," and considered that the son had not paid that attention to the parent that the case demanded, and this was made known to him by the coroner.


Maidstone Journal and Kentish Advertiser, Saturday 27 October 1866.

Chelsfield, Kent.

Mr. William Hodsoll is flavoured with instructions from William Waring Esq., to sell by Auction, at the "Five Bells" in Chelsfield on Wednesday, October 31st, 1866, at 3 o'clock, about 62 acres of valuable Underwood, in the parishes of Shoreham and Farningham, Kent in convenient lots.

Philip Taylor, of Mount Hall, Chelsfield, and William Walklin, of Farningham, will show the lots, of whom catalogues maybe had; and also of Mr. William Hodsoll Auctioneer, &c., Farningham Kent.


Maidstone Telegraph April 1869.

Caleb Bath, Landlord of the "Five Bells" successfully defended himself for not having his name on a light spring cart. He had paid 5 to license it as a cart for hire, and therefore did not need his name on the cart.



MORGAN John 1828-34+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29Pigot's Directory 1832-34

BROOKER Thomas 1841+ (age 55 in 1841Census)

BROOKER Thomas 1851-55+ (age 74 in 1851Census)

JONES William 1858+

JONES Sarah to Jan/1860

SAKER James Jan/1860-62+ (age 24 in 1861Census)

BATH Caleb 1869-71+ (age 37 in 1861Census)

WRIGHT William 1874-82+ (also Builder)

PACKMAN Thomas 1891+

MARTIN Frederick Edward 1891-1911+ (age 49 in 1891Census) Kelly's 1903

MILLS Frank 1913-30+

PARKES Henry John 1936-38+


Pigot's Directory 1828-29From the Pigot's Directory 1828-29

Pigot's Directory 1832-34From the Pigot's Directory 1832-33-34


Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903


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