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Earliest 1828-

Torrington Arms

Latest ????

53 (105) The Street


Torrington Arms 1914

Above postcard, circa 1914, kindly sent by David Elliott.

Torrington Arms

Torrington Arms postcard date unknown.

Torrington Arms sign 1996

Above sign, September 1996.

With thanks from Brian Curtis

Torrington Arms card 1949Torrington Arms card 1949

Above aluminium card issued May 1949. Sign series 1 number 26.


Many noble families of Kent are remembered in pub names around the county. Often, the houses were owned by those whose arms were adopted, as at the "Torrington Arms" in Mereworth, the property of the Torringtons of Yotes Court, who owned most of the village at one time.

The pub has been privately owned and has been called Torrington House since 2005.


From the Maidstone Gazette and West Kent Courier, 16 February 1830.

Notice is hereby given that the next meeting of the trustees of the Turnpike Road leading from Tonbridge to Maidstone, in the county of Kent, will be held at the "Torrington Arms Inn," Mereworth, in the said County, on Friday, 26th day of February instant, at 12 o'clock at Noon, of which meeting in addition to the usual business of the day it is proposed to take into consideration whether any or what alterations shall be made in the clearing of the particular gates upon the said Road, by the passing through of others, and such orders or directions will be given accordingly as shall be then and there determines.

By Order of the Trustees,

S. Norton, Clerk.

Town Malling, 8th February, 1830.


Kentish Gazette, Tuesday 9 November 1869.

Mereworth. Death in a Skittle Ground.

On Tuesday night several men were playing at skittles at the "Torrington Arms," Mereworth, kept by Mr. Sharman, and among them was Henry Field, a discharged soldier with a wooden leg. Field had been playing for some time, and then sat down on a bench, when he exclaimed, "I'm going," and instantly fell back and expired. The deceased have been in India for some years, and lost his leg to disease of the bone. His father was parish clerk for many years at Mereworth, and died suddenly of diseased heart, which complaint is supposed to have caused the son's death.


I have just added this pub to that list but your help is definitely needed regarding it's history.

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

Thanks for your co-operation.



HARDS John 1828+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29

SHARMAN William 1841-Dec/1856 (also farmer age 64 in 1851Census) Maidstone and Kentish Journal

SHARMAN Thomas Dec/1856-82 (also farmer age 60 in 1891Census) Maidstone and Kentish Journal

Last pub licensee had SHARP Christopher 1901-16/Jan/1903 dec'd (age  67 in 1901Census)Kelly's 1903

ORGEE Thomas 1911+ (age 58 in 1911Census)

CARTER John 1913+

PALMER Alfred 1918-22+

FRY Charles Edward 1930-38+


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


Maidstone and Kentish JournalMaidstone and Kentish Journal

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903


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