Sort file:- Beckenham, February, 2022.

Page Updated:- Tuesday, 15 February, 2022.


Earliest 1822-

George Inn

Open 2020

55 High Street


020 8663 3468

George Inn

Above drawing, date unknown showing the George Inn on the left.

George licensee 1800s

Above photo, 1800s, showing the licensee and customers showing off "the old jug," by kind permission of the Beckenham History Society.

George 1900

Above postcard 1900, kindly sent by Maria Wilson.

George Inn 1909

Above photo, 1909, by kind permission of the Beckenham History Society.

George 1909

Above postcard 1909, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

George Inn 1912

Above photo, 1912. Kindly sent by Ian Muir of the Beckenham History Society.

George 1920

Above photo, 1920, by kind permission of the Beckenham History Society.


Above photo date unknown, kindly sent by Maria Wilson.

George 1930

Above photo, 1930, by kind permission of the Beckenham History Society.

George Inn 1949

Above photo, 1949, by kind permission of the Beckenham History Society.

George Inn

Above photo, date unknown.

George 1953

Above photo, 1953, showing the Coronation Celebrations outside the pub, by kind permission of the Beckenham History Society.

George 1953

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

George 1954

Above postcard, circa 1954, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

George 1970

Above photo, 1970, by kind permission of the Beckenham History Society.

George 1978

Above photo, 1978, by kind permission of the Beckenham History Society.

George Inn sign 2002George Inn sign 2018

Above sign left, February 2002, sign right 2018.

With thanks from Brian Curtis


Above photo date unknown, kindly sent by Maria Wilson.

George Inn

Above photo, date unknown.


Morning Advertiser, Friday 11 October 1822.

An Inquest having been held at the "George Inn," Beckenham, in the county of Kent, before John Cartarr, Esq. Coroner, on the view of the body of a man found hanging - the person unknown.

He is about 5 ft 6 inches high, of a dark complexion, marked with the smallpox on the nose, and a small scar on his forehead; supposed to be about 3 and 36 years of age; had on when found a nut brown coat, with a velvet collar, and buttons of the same colour; striped waistcoat, patent cord breeches, cotton stockings, yellow silk and cotton chequered handkerchief; hat makers name "Jepsen and Travis."

October, 10th 1822.


Maidstone Journal and Kentish Advertiser, Saturday 22 September 1860.

Farnborough. Assault.

At the petty sessions on Monday last, before G. W. Norman, Esq, Colonel Cator, W Wearing, Esq., and ---- Darwin, Esq., Robert Brooker a labourer of Beckenham and John Newell, private in the Military Training Corps, who wore three medals on his breast, were charged with assaulting James Escott, of Kent Street, Borough in the "George" public house, Beckenham on Sunday evening last.

It appeared that Escott and his wife went into the tap room to have some ale, and while there the defendants commenced larking with the wife, which Escott resented, and at last it ended in a fight, in which the complainant got terribly mauled. Brooker stated that he struck him in self-defence. Newell said that he aggravated him so, abused the Queen shamefully, and, wearing her uniform, he could not stand it, and struck him.

The magistrates find them 10s. and 6s cost each, or 10 days.


Clerkenwell News, Monday 9 October 1871.

Steam Engine and Boiler (vertical,) very handsome, 1 horsepower.

To be seen at the "George Inn," Beckenham, Kent.


Croydon Advertiser and East Surrey Reporter, Saturday 16 February 1889.

The Sequel to a Birthday Celebration. A Severe Sentence.

At the Bromley Petty Sessions on Monday, before Mr. R. V. Berens (in the chair,) Mr. Coles Child, Mr. Gerald Norman, and Lieutenant Colonel Coalville; Daniel Himberstone, a "lather," and an Army Reserve man, living at 1, Park Terrace, Mackenzie Road, Beckenham, was charged with stealing on the 6th inst. from the waistcoat pocket of Ernest Sprules, whilst drunk, a watch and chain, value 5 5s. at Lee Road Beckenham.

Prisoner was drunk when charged.

Ernest Sprules, of 37, Crescent Road, Lewisham, said he was a commercial traveller. On the 6 inst. he was going through Beckenham. He met the prisoner at the "George Hotel" and drank with him. Prosecutor then had his watch and chain in his possession. He (prosecutor) was the worse for liquor, as he had been celebrating his birthday. He left the "George" to walk home to Beckenham. As he was walking home somebody snatched his watch and chain out of his pocket. He could not say how far he has gone when that was done. The man who took it ran away, and prosecutor followed and called out loudly.

By Mr. Gregory: He was fined 2s. 6d. by Mr. Wilson the next morning for being drunk. He could not swear what time it was when he left the "George," but he left by himself.

Thomas Willis, 25, Burnhill Road, Fairfield, Beckenham, said he saw the prisoner and prosecutor together in the "Foresters Arms," Beckenham. They both seemed as if they had had a little drop. Prisoner persuaded the prosecutor to go outside with him. Witness followed and saw Sprules going from one side of the path to the other as he walked towards the "Greyhound." When near that house they saw the prisoner snatch the prosecutors watch and chain and run off up the Lea Road. Witness, together with other lads, pursued the prisoner, who fell down and was held until the police came up.

William Thatcher, of 2, Adelaide Terrace, corroborated the evidence given by the previous witness.

Prisoner pleaded guilty, and ask the Bench to deal with the case under the first offenders act. Prisoner had hitherto born a good character, having been in the army for 7 years. He had served abroad 3 years, had fought in Egypt and had received the Egyptian medal and bronze star. Mr. Gregory described the affair as a drunken freak.

After consultation with his colleagues, the Chairman said the bench was sorry they could not deal with the case as suggested by Mr. Gregory, and the prisoner would be sentenced to 2 months hard labour.

The prosecutor said he did not wish to press the charge so long as he got his watch and chain back.

The Chairman:- The Bench have decided now; you should have said so before.


Bury and Norwich Post 30 April 1895.


On 14th April, at Bromley Church, Kent, Ned Maynard, eldest son of Edward Maynard, Bromley, Kent, to Adeline Elvina Cooper, youngest daughter of Henry Cooper, Holbrook, Suffolk.


From the By Anthony Strzalek, 10 December, 2018.

The George Inn unveils huge makeover.

The George Inn has officially reopened following a major refurbishment, giving the 16th Century town centre pub an exciting new look.

George bar 2019

The refurbishment works took two-weeks and the pub, which is located on the High Street, offers a brand new food menu for visitors to enjoy in a modern environment.

Stacked burgers, slow cooked meat and ribs, as well as mix and match tapas and bacon and cheese covered fries have been added to the new menu.

There are also a range of new craft beers and ciders available and entertainment includes live music nights and a weekly pub quiz.

Jim Pugh, general manager of the George Inn, said: “It’s been fantastic seeing the pub come together over the last couple of weeks and we can’t wait to welcome everyone who comes to pay us a visit. The team and I are very excited to see our guest’s reactions over the coming days.

“Being ideally located, right in the heart of Beckenham’s town centre, our pub is the perfect spot to relax after a long day with friends and family. Our revamped menu offers delicious fresh food providing something for everyone to enjoy, featuring all the pub classics as well as brand new dishes.

“The menu won’t be the only changes our regulars will notice, we’ve also given our interiors and garden area a fresh new look that complement the pub’s traditional features.

“The building is over 350 years old and great care has been taken to ensure that it has been sympathetically restored to its former glory.

“We’re also really excited about our all-new look garden area which has been extensively remodelled for guests to enjoy.”



CRONK Thomas 1832+ Pigot's Directory 1832-34

COLECUTT William 1840+

WHELLER James George 1858-82+

MAYNARD Ned 1901+ Next pub licensee had (age 32 in 1901Census)

CODLIN Francis 1903+ Kelly's 1903

BARRETT Henry James 1913-30+

PUGH Jim 2018+


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


Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903


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