Page Updated:- Monday, 11 March, 2024.


Earliest 1837-

Bricklayer's Arms

Latest 1970s+

(Name to)

Canterbury Road (New Street 1851Census)


Bricklayers Arms 1890

Above photo circa 1890.


Not to be confused with another "Bricklayers Arms" in nearby Ashford, but I am told that would be a good 2-3 miles away.


The western boundary of South Willesborough is just east of Newtown and south of the Ashford/Folkestone railway line (the eastern boundary is the orbital road). As this pub is so close to the boundary I have also seen it addressed as in Ashford.

From the "Bricklayer's Arms" the pub changed name to the "Vickery Arms" and then to the "Churchill." It is now (2014) closed and has been converted into two dwellings.


From the Dover Telegraph and Cinque Ports General Advertiser, Saturday, 11 February, 1837.


On Tuesday, Mr. J. Back, a butcher at Hythe, was proceeding on foot to Ashford market with another person, and when near Lackton Green Turnpike, they were overtaken by a man named Ayerst, on horseback, who entered into conversation with them, and they all proceeded on in company, when Back challenged Ayerst to run a race to the “Bricklayer's Arms” at Willesborough, he (Back) on foot, and Ayerst to ride his horse first trotting it half round – they accordingly started in the manner proposed and Back took the lead for some distance, but Ayerst soon rapidly gained upon him, and finding from the speed of the horse he could not avoid a contact, cried out to Back to take care, but before he could get out of the way, the shoulder of the horse struck his back and knocked him down, which killed him on the spot.

An inquest was held on the body on Wednesday, before Mr. Delasaux, the Coroner, when the above facts having been given in evidence, the Jury returned a verdict of “Accidental Death,” levying a deodand of 20s. on the horse.


From the Kentish Gazette, 25 October 1859.

POLICE COURT.—Wednesday.


Thomas Marsh, pork butcher, New-street, was charged hr P.C. Skelton with being drunk and disorderly on the previous night.

The wife of the defendant attended, and crying said she wished to be protected from her husband. If he was willing to sign the pledge and forsake the bad company he kept, she was willing to live with him; but he spent his money among disorderly persons, and on the previous night was at Mr. Hunt’s with a most disgusting character, which was a cruel thing for a man who had a wife and three children.

The Magistrates said that unless she could prove that her husband ill-treated her, he could not deal with the complaint.

The constable deposed that Mr. Hunt of the "Bricklayer's Arms" came to him at the lock-up, and asked him to come to the defendant, who was in New-street, very drunk. When the constable got there he found the defendant had laid himself down in a cart; but he got out again and ran down the town two or three times, hallooing and making a great noise. Upon the constable coming to him to take him into custody, he struck him with his fist two or three times.

The defendant said he had been along with his wife's father and mother on the previous day, who had brought several hogs to market; after they were sold he became a little merry and overstepped the bounds of prudence: he went then to lie down in his waggon, but some men called him out, and being in liquor he did so; but he was very sorry now for his misconduct.

Mr. Hunt stated that the defendant came into his house about half-past 10, having been there previously with his father-in-law as he had stated, and had some liquor for which he did not pay. As defendant was very tipsy and had five sovereigns in his possession, he was apprehensive that be would lose it, and sent for the constable to take care of him; but before he arrived he had induced defendant to entrust him with it. It was little more than a push that defendant gave the constable.

Mrs. Marsh said Mr. Hunt sent for her first, and her husband would not give her the money or come home.

The Magistrate told the defendant he was perhaps not aware that by the local act any person might be fined 5., or sent to prison for three months for drunkenness in Ashford, and this fine bad been inflicted. He would be fined in the mitigated penalty of 10s., and if he abstained from getting drunk, and behaved differently to his wife, the constable would not press the charge of assault at the Petty Sessions.



Local knowledge, further pictures, and licensee information would be appreciated.

I will be adding the historical information when I find or are sent it, but this project is a very big one, and I do not know when or where the information will come from.

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SMALL Edward 1861+ (also tailor age 40 in 1861Census)

HOLMES William Rayner 1862+

STICKELLS David 1865

JARVIS Thomas 1911+ (also bricklayer age 55 in 1911Census)


Kentish GazetteKentish Gazette



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