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Earliest 1832-

Crown Inn

Open 2020+

Ashford Road (Bores Isle Pigot's Directory 1832-34)(Bird's Isle)

St Michael's

01580 762227

Crown Inn

Above postcard, date unknown, kindly sent by Debi Birkin.

Crown 1905

Above postcard, 1905.

Crown 2009

Above image from Google, March 2009.


Before 1863 this area was known as Boar's Isle or Boresisle.


From Kentish Gazette 11 October 1842.


Late the Property of Samuel Shepherd, Esq. deceased, and by his Will directed to be sold.


At the "Saracen's Head Inn," in Ashford, on Tuesday, the 1st day of November, 1842, at Four for Five o'clock precisely in the afternoon,

Lot 4. - The "Crown" Public House, with the Stable, Out-buildings, and Two Cottages adjoining, at Boar's Isle, near Tenterden, in the occupation of Mr. George Bishop and others.


Kentish Gazette, 9 October 1849.

KENT FREEHOLD BREWERY, PUBLIC HOUSES, and LAND, situate in Tenterden, High Halden, Woodchurch, Wittersham, Biddenden, and Old Romney, late the property of Samuel Shepherd, Enq., deceased.

TO BE SOLD BY AUCTION, (By order of the Trustees,) BY MR. BENJAMIN HATCH,

AT the "White Lion Inn," TENTERDEN, on FRIDAY, the 26th day of October, 1843, at Four for Five o'clock precisely in the afternoon, (unless previously disposed of by private contract, of which due notice will be given.)

A most substantial and well-fitted BREWERY, with convenient Storehouses, Stabling for ten horses commodious Lofts over the same, BREWER’S HOUSE, ONE HOUSE adjoining thereto, with FIVE COTTAGES, situate in the centre of the town of TENTERDEN, wherein the business of a brewer was for several years carried on by the deceased, and is now continued by his sons.

Also the "CROWN" PUBLIC HOUSE, with excellent Stables, Outbuildings, and TWO COTTAGES adjoining, at Boar's Isle in the parish of TENTERDEN, and on the turnpike road between Tenterden and Ashford.


Kentish Gazette, 3 August 1852.


Plant, Freehold Public Houses and Land at Tenterden, Faversham Old Romney, Wittersham and Woodchurch, in Kent.

To peremptorily sold, pursuant to the decree and an order of the High Court of Chancery, made in a cause Horse v. Shepherd, with the approbation of William Henry Tinney Esq., one of the Masters of the said Court, by Mr. Thomas White Collard, the person appointed by the said master to conduct the said sale, the following freehold and other property. In 10 lots.

Lot 2. A freehold public house, called the "Crown," with stables, outbuildings, and two cottages, situate at Bird's Isle, otherwise Boar's isle, in Tenterden and, aforesaid.


South Eastern Gazette, 31 July, 1860.

Distressing Death of a Young Woman.

On Tuesday last an inquest was held at the "Crown Inn," Bore’s Isle, before J. Hope, Esq., mayor and coroner, on the body of a young woman named Durey, who died under circumstances which created considerable excitement in the parish.

John Longley, relieving officer, said:— The deceased applied to me a few days before the 4th day of May, for an order of admission into the Union House, she being pregnant. I told her I would lay the case before the board on that day. I did so, and it was refused by the board. I saw no more of her until the 30th of June, when she came to me for an order to go into the House. I told her she should go to Halden to her father, as he could keep her. On Sunday evening, the 1st July, Mr. Manktelow came to me and said that a woman was confined in Dawbourne Wood. I started with my horse and cart, and when I arrived at Bore’s Isle gate, Mrs. Stedman told me the young woman was at her house. I promised Mrs. Stedman that I would pay her. I went then to Mr. Newington, the medical officer. He asked me if I would give him an order. I said that I would. He said he should not go that night, as deceased was in very good hands, but would go the next day. On Monday I again went down to Mrs. Stedman’s. Mrs. Stedman said she would keep the deceased for a week and nurse her; but the doctor had not been. On Tuesday, when the father, William Durey, saw me, he said he was much obliged to me, and he would take the charge upon himself.

Frances Stedman, of Bore’s Isle, said:— Three weeks ago last Sunday night I was told there was a woman in the wood. I went and found the deceased sitting upon some hop poles, and a Mrs. Bailey was then with her. She had a baby in her lap, wrapped in flannel. She had nowhere to go, and I said, "Come home with me," and she walked to my house. On the same night the relieving officer came with a horse and cart to take her away, but said he would rather she should stay with me till Monday, and that he would satisfy me for taking care of her. He also said he would send Mr. Newington, the medical officer, but he did not come. No medical man attended her the first week, nor did her father or mother come to see her. She appeared to do as well as I could expect till Friday, when I noticed unfavourable symptoms, and she continued poorly.

I sent for her parents, but they did not come until I went to Halden. Her brother came on the second Saturday. On Sunday, the 15th, her father came, and said he did not think of seeing her so bad as she was, and wished she had had a doctor before. Mr. Whitfield came to see her on Saturday, the 14th. She died on Sunday night last, about seven o’clock. During the last week her mother came three times, but did not bring her anything, but I consider she had all that was necessary. A young man came the Sunday after the child was born. I understood he came from Cranbrook. The deceased got up and dressed herself. She told me it was her young man.

Elizabeth Bailey deposed to having found the deceased in Dawbourne Wood, about eight o’clock on the above evening, in the state described by the last witness. She told witness she slept at a poor woman’s house on Saturday night with some children, and came away on Sunday morning. She said she could not get an order, nor a lodge to lie in, and so she went out there to be confined.

Mr. R. Whitfield, surgeon, stated that he was called to see deceased on Saturday, the 14th July. He found her in a deplorable state, and although he attended her every day, and sometimes twice a day, she sank at last from exhaustion.

The jury, after about ten minutes’ consultation, returned the following verdict:- That the said Jemima Durey, having for several days previously laboured under excessive debility and weakness, following her accouchement, by the visitation of God, in a natural way, by exhaustion, and not by any violent means to the knowledge of the said jurors, did die; and that the jurors desire to express their disapprobation of the conduct of the parents of the deceased, and the want of attention by the medical officer of the parish."


From the Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald, Saturday 23 March 1872.


A sale by auction took place at the "Saracen’s Head Hotel," on Tuesday, conducted by Mr. Alfred Thomas. There was a large attendance. The property is situated in the town and neighbourhood of Tenterden, and consisted of 14 lots.


The next lot, a freehold public house, the "Crown," Boar's Isle, with two tenements adjoining, realised 760.



From a paper of September 1936.



A unique example of a village's respect for its local licensee and his family, was shown at St. Michael's, on Thursday, when the villagers gathered at the "Crown Inn," to say goodbye to Mrs. G. Fuggle and Miss Ann Reeves.

For seventy years the licence of the "Crown Inn," St. Michaels, has been in the hands of the Reeves family. Mr. William Reeves, who took over from his father, died a few months ago. Mrs. G. Fuggle, his niece, and Miss A. Reeves, his daughter, who had helped him in the business, and who carried on after his death, have, had to relinquish the licence and are leaving on Monday.

Though the "goodbye’’ took the form of a party, with Mr. K. Manktelow and Miss K. Milton as pianists and various members of the community singing, there was a sad moment when Mrs. W. Cottingham, wife of the village blacksmith, rose to make the presentation. The villagers had subscribed towards a skin travelling suitcase for Mrs. Fuggle and an oak clock and candlesticks for Miss Reeves. Mr. Fuggle received a travelling case.

Mrs. W. Cottingham on behalf of the village said, "We are very sorry that our dear friends are leaving us. We shall miss them very much. We are not giving Mrs. Fuggle a suitcase to pack up and go away we hope they will soon return. We shall always be very glad to see them again."

Mrs. Fuggle, who has been at the "Crown Inn" for 33 years, and who is very popular with the village children, is giving them a farewell tea, on Monday, just before she leaves.

The new tenants are Mr. and Mrs. Harris of Sevenoaks.


From the 20 June 2014, by Rachael Woods.

Row erupts in St Michael's near Tenterden over plans for fake Christmas tree.

It may be scorching June, but a row over a Christmas tree has been the cause of a distinctly icy atmosphere in St Michael's.

The 15ft artificial pine tree, which had been erected each December in the village near Tenterden, for around seven years was destroyed last year when gale force winds tore off the top.

As a result, new Ashford mayor Cllr John Link, who is the borough council ward member for St Michael's, awarded a gift of 2,000, in the form of a discretionary grant, for a replacement.

But when the St Michael's Community Group wanted to spend the money on a synthetic tree, complete with lights and imported from the USA, they unearthed a prickly subject.

The tree is traditionally sited each Christmas at the Point, near the "Crown pub," and landlord Harry Purewal has slammed the decision as a waste of taxpayers' money.

His offer to supply a real tree and lights free of charge has been voted down. Mr Purewal said: "I am rather disgusted that taxpayers' money has been used in this way as it could have been set aside for good causes, such as the village hall."

His campaign for a real tree was supported by village handyman Alan Ormston, a St Michael's resident for 23 years, who gave the idea of an artificial tree a frosty reception.

He recalled the days when a real tree had pride of place outside the "Crown" and children from St Michael's Primary School decorated it with handmade crafts.

"I am rather disgusted that taxpayers' money has been used in this way as it could have been set aside for good causes, such as the village hall..." said landlord Harry Purewal.

In an impassioned email, Mr Ormston wrote: "Being a traditionalist, I am not sure I can believe a tree that is the height of our village sign, with 3,000 lights, matches what I imagine to be a traditional Christmas tree.

"Are we an English village and should we not try to portray that ethos to people who pass through our village?"

Mr Purewal slammed the transportation costs for importing a tree from America, adding: "The cost of shipping the tree from the USA is as much as the tree itself and it could end up being the target for vandals."

The St Michael's Community Group put the matter to the vote at a special meeting held at the London Beach Golf Club on Monday, attended by around 20 people, which saw the real tree supporters outvoted.

Ken Mulholland is chairman of the village community group and the group issued a statement thanking landlord Mr Purewal for his community support and offer of a tree, which they have "graciously declined".

The group stressed it was neutral and open to all and the matter had been put to the vote, so an artificial pine would now be bought. It is understood the exact tree has yet to be selected.


From the By Aidan Barlow, 1 March 2017.

Bid to force landlord Harry Purewal from The Crown pub in St Michael's, Tenterden.

Time looks to have been called on an embattled pub landlord.

Harry Purewal has been running The Crown pub in St Michael’s, near Tenterden, on a series of temporary events notices after his guarantors surrendered the premises licence in January.

The move by Ian Halliday and David Warner, who were the pub’s previous tenants, was in a bid to force Mr Purewal to quit as the pair are picking up the tab for unpaid rent.

Harry Purewal

Landlord Harry Purewal.

However, Mr Purewal has now been issued with the maximum number of temporary events notices allowed in a year by Ashford Borough Council and it means he will no longer be able to pull pints for punters.

In the meantime Mr Halliday and Mr Warner have applied for a new premise licence for The Crown in Ashford Road.

Stephen Piper of independent financial adviser Homecroft Wealth was appointed as an intermediary in a bid to sort out the finances. He said: “It’s a real mess and everyone just wants Harry to go, including the locals. The Crown is not the cheery, happy pub that it used to be.”

A debt of more than 27,000 has been accumulated, with money owed to the business partners and agent Criterion Asset Management, which is acting on behalf of owner, the Wellington Pub Company.

Crown 2017

Mr Piper said: “The partners gave Mr Purewal every chance to pay the arrears over time but he did not and they even offered to let him stay over the Christmas period and keep the trade, but he refused to leave.

“If he had left the pub voluntarily it would still be fully open for the people of St Michael’s.”

Mr Piper added: “Harry has exhausted all his temporary licences and I don’t know if he’s just staying at the pub out of spite.”

A council spokesman said: “As of 28th February 2017, The Crown Pub would have used the maximum number of Temporary Events Notice days (21) permitted for one calendar year.

“Once the limit has been reached, no further events containing regulated activities will be authorised under the Licensing Act using the Temporary Events Notice process.

“The council is aware of the situation at the pub and is monitoring it accordingly.”

Mr Purewal has not yet responded to requests by the Kentish Express for a comment.


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BARHAM James 1832-41+ (age 50 in 1841Census) Pigot's Directory 1832-34

BISHOP George Oct/1842-51+ (age 34 in 1851Census)

STREATHER John 1854+

BTUNGER Thomas 1858+

REEVES Mr (sen) 1860+

REEVES Joseph 1871+ (age 46 in 1871Census)

REEVES Mary Mrs 1881-1903+ (age 62 in 1901Census) Kelly's 1903

REEVES William 1911-36 (age 46 in 1911Census)

REEVES Ann to Sept 1936

HARRIERS/HARRIS George Baxter 1938+


PUREWAL Harry 2017


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

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903



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