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Earliest 1750

(Name from)

Eleven Cricketer's

Latest 1891-

(Name to)

Wrotham Road / Meopham Green


Basque Cottage front 2015

Above photo, 2015, showing the front of Basque Cottage.

Basque Cottage back 2015

Above photo, 2015, showing the back of Basque Cottage.


Originally called the "Swan" and with cricket becoming more popular, the pub was too small to accommodate the customers and so in 1780 land was purchased nearby. It took a further 14 years before the land could be built upon and then the old pub became a private residence now called Basque Cottage and a new pub was built the called the "Cricketers." The pub was run by the Buggs family until at least 1895.


West Kent Guardian 06 April 1844.


(Before L. P. Stall; mayor, C. Spencer, J. Munn, and E. Tickner, Esqrs.)

George Williams, John Anderson, and William Belize, three very suspicious looking fellows, were brought up by Mr. North, superintendent of the police, on suspicion of uttering counterfeit coin.

Maryanne Briggs made the following deposition. I live with my father, Mr. Henry Briggs, landlord of the "Cricketers," Meopham. On Thursday morning, about 11 o'clock, Williams and Anderson came in. They asked me to give them half-a-sovereign for ten shillings. I refused. They then said a five shilling piece and two half-crowns would do. This also I declined. I thought all was not right. They then ordered a pint of beer, and prevailed upon me to let them have one half-crown. They gave me three shillings, and I give them half-a-crown, and four-pence. They drank the beer and went away in a few minutes. In about an hour afterwards Mr. Bevan, who keeps the "King's Arm," came in to ask if some men had not been here offering bad money. I then showed him the three shillings. He rather thought they were good. Soon after I showed them to my father, he thought one was good; but the other two bad. They were new shillings, and the Queen's coin; the four or five which were in the till before, were old and worn and the King's coin.

Mr. Henry Briggs: When my daughter showed me the shillings, about half an hour after she received them, I thought two of them very bad. The shillings now produced I believe are those which my daughter gave me, and which she had received of Williams. I ordered my horse to the door immediately, and said, I would go and pursue the men.

Mr. James Briggs l am the son of the last witness, and live with him. When my father gave me the two shillings I marked them. Those now produced are them. I said to my father, let me go after the men; I shall ride faster than you would. When I had got as far as the church, I saw Mr. Bowers, the constable of Meopham; telling him what I was after, he says, put your horse into my cart and I will go with you. When we got to Took-green, we overtook Mr. Bevan, Mr. Ferran, and Mr. Bennett all on their way to Gravesend on the same business. We took them up, and got here about two o'clock in the afternoon. We heard at several places that three men answering the description of the prisoners, were on the road. They were all apprehended in Queen-street, Gravesend, almost immediately, and given into Mr. North's custody.

Elizabeth Walker, I am servant to Mrs. Goodwin, of the "Prince of Wales," Meopham. Anderson came in about eleven o'clock on Thursday morning, and had half-a-pint of beer. He gave me a shilling, which I took to Mrs. Goodwin. She afterwards found it was a bad one.

Mrs. Goodwin identified the person of Anderson, and the shilling produced is the one he had paid to the servant.

Mrs. Manley:- I live with my father who keeps a public house at Meopham. Williams came in about eleven o'clock on Thursday morning, and had half a pint of beer. He paid for it with what afterwards proved to be a bad shilling.

Mr. Bevan, landlord of the "King's Arms," Meopham:- Williams and Anderson called at my house, and Dean, who was with them, walked gently on, loitering for them. Williams asked for half-a-sovereign for ten shillings. My wife refused. One of the men. I am not sure which, said, a five shilling piece and two half-crowns will do. She refused again suspecting their silver was bad. I was standing by. I watched them some distance, saw Williams go into the "George." He asked for half-a-sovereign for ten shillings; but was refused. Had a pint of beer, and offered a bad shilling as payment, which was refused, and he gave a good one instead of it. I went in and saw this. I was present and assisted in taking the prisoners in Queen-street, Gravesend, on Thursday afternoon.

Mr. Furran, schoolmaster, Meopham, I saw all three prisoners in company walking and talking together for half mile out of the town towards Gravesend.

Mr. Bennett, of Meopham, who was present at their apprehension, heard Williams or Dean say, "Look out!" and I heard and saw a shilling fall on the pavement. Anderson immediately took it up and swallowed it. I seized him directly. He said, jeeringly, "It is gone old fellow" I said but you are not gone.

Mr. North superintendent of the police, deposed to taking the men into custody on Thursday afternoon. The magistrates, without hesitation, committed the prisoners to Maidstone Gaol to take their trial.


From the Register of Licenses granted in the North Division of Aylesford Lath.

1872, August 23rd, To sell by retail Excisable Liquors to be consumed on the premises. The "Cricketer's," Meopham. Owner, Sir Henry Heux Baronet Sir Dudley Coutts Marjoubanks Baronet and Mr. Richard Beveridge, Tottenham Court Road. Licensee James Buggs.



BUGGS Henry 1841-47+ (age 50 in 1841Census)

BUGGS James 1851-91+ (age 59 in 1881)




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