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Earliest 1841-

Six Bells Inn

Open 2020+

Village Green


01233 860246

Six Bells 1909

Above postcard, circa 1909, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Six Bells 1952

Above photo circa 1952, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe. The J. W. Green brewery was situated in Luton, Bedfordshire. The bought out Kelsey's Culverden Brewery of Royal Tunbridge Wells, in  1948.

Six Bells 2013

Photo taken 5 January 2013 from by Laura Buckingham.


South Eastern Gazette, Tuesday 6 September 1864.

Application for Licenses.

Mr. Tassell, solicitor of Faversham, applied for spirit licenses for the following beer houses on behalf of Messrs. Shepperd and Mares, Brewers.

The "Six Bells," kept by Mr. Dive Brissenden.......

Mr. Mace, solicitor of Tenterden, opposed the application for a license for the "Six Bells," Woodchurch, on behalf of Mr. Fullagar, landlord of the "Bonny Cravat," an inn adjoining. 


Canterbury Journal, Kentish Times and Farmers' Gazette 09 September 1865.


The licenses of the public houses in the Ashford division were renewed. The following new licenses were applied for:—


Mr. Langham, sen., solicitor, Hastings, applied for a license for the "Six Bells" beershop, Woodchurch, kept by Dive Brissenden. The application was opposed by Mr. Mace, solicitor, of Tenterden.


The Bench retired to consider the applications, and on returning into Court announced that they had decided to refuse all of them with the exception of that for the "Man of Kent." Ashford, kept by William Richard Brown, and for that house they had decided to grant a license.


From the Maidstone and Kentish Journal, 6 Sept, 1869.

Frederick Blackman, of Woodchurch, appeared to a summons, charged with assaulting Mr. Terry, landlord of the "Six Bells Inn," Woodchurch.

Mr. Minter, solicitor, of Folkestone, appeared for the defendants, who had one of his eyes blacked, as was stated, from a blow given him by the complainant when defending himself.

Mr. Terry deposed to Mr. Hillier, landlord of the "Bonny Cravat," coming into his house late at night with several other person's, and asking for beer. He refused to serve it, and the beer was brought in from the "Bonny Cravat." He seized one quart of beer brought in, and defendant poured it over him. He then threw another quart of beer out doors, and then defendant knocked him backwards.

He knocked him down 2 or 3 times afterwards, and it was half past one before complainant could get his house cleared.

In cross examination by Mr. Minter, complainant denied that he took hold of defendant for the purpose of putting him out of the house. Steven Baker corroborated this statement.

The defence was that complainant the attempted to put defendant out of the house, and committed the first assault. Three witnesses were called in support of this.

The magistrates convicted the defendant, and fined him 2 10s., and 1 17s. costs, or one month.


Kentish Express, Friday 13 August 1982.

The "Six Bells," Woodchurch, pub team won the tug-of-war contest at the Lenham Hospital Fete on Saturday. It raised 1,000 for a new soft-play area for patients.




BRISSENDEN Dive 1841-65+ (age 47 in 1851Census)

TERRY Thomas 1869-1903+ (also farmer age 52 in 1891Census) Kelly's 1903

TERRY Celia Mrs 1911-18+ (widow) (also farmer age 67 in 1911Census)

WOOD George 1922+

SMITH H W 1930+

GASSON Charles Albert 1938+


Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903



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