Page Updated:- Tuesday, 11 April, 2023.


Earliest 1871-

Amazon and Tiger

Closed 2021

Harvel Street


01474 814705

Amazon and Tiger

Above photo, date unknown, courtesy of Jan Taylor.

Amazon and Tiger

Above photo from the book, date unknown, Pubs of Meopham by Jim Carley.

Amazon and Tiger 1998

Above photo, 1998, kindly sent by Philip Dymott.

Amazon and Tiger

Photos taken on 17 May, 2007 from by John Law.

Amazon and Tiger 2023

Above photo 2023, kindly taken and sent by Ian Goodrick.

Amazon and Tiger sign

Above photo from the book, 1975, Pubs of Meopham by Jim Carley.

Amazon and Tiger sign 1987Amazon and Tiger sign 1993

Above sign left 1987, sign right, May 1993.

With thanks from Brian Curtis

Amazon and Tiger sign 2023

Above sign 2023.

Amazon and Tiger Pewter mug 1880

Above pewter mug, circa 1880 stating E. Bishop, Amazon and Tiger, Meopham.


The “Amazon and Tiger” the original building is now a private residence. The current building dates from 1914 and is distinctive in that it was built like a private house rather than a pub in deference to the wishes of the congregation of the Chapel held in the hall opposite – now the village hall. In fact an older pub with the same name was converted to two dwellings in 1914, and housed a forge.

William Coles Finch, the great authority on Kent's windmills, visited Harvel and asked directions from a rustic local to the site of an old mill. He was told to turn left past the ‘Hamzone Tiger', of which species he had not heard, and further instructions to look for a woman did not help his quest. Other visitors to Harvel got the impression the inn was called the Amazing Tiger. For many years, the cricket gear belonging to the local club was stored at the pub, which is near the pitch.


From the Canterbury Journal and Farmers' Gazette, 23 May, 1896.


Freehold properties situate at Meopham and Yalding were offered to auction by Messrs. Tootell and Sons, at the "Star Hotel," Maidstone, on Thursday. The "Amazon and Tiger," a free beer-house, let at 13, sold for 760; a freehold dwelling house and shop, let at 12, for 240.


Chatham News 17 November 1939


The bride carried a bouquet and her bridesmaid wore a spray of Flanders Poppies at a wedding at Meopham Parish Church, on Saturday, when Miss Marjorie Alice Cowell, fourth daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G. Cowell, of the "Amazon and Tiger," Harvel, was married to Sergt. Charles George Broome, R.A.F., second son of Mr. and Mrs. H. BroomeE, of 187, Rushington-avenue, Hendon. Given away by her father, the bride wore a dress of pale blue crepe, with hat to match. Her fox fur was the gift of the bridegroom. As bridesmaid, Miss Kathleen Cowell (sister of the bride) wore a tweed costume of pale blue with hat to match. The bridegroom, who was in uniform, was attended by Mr. Kenneth Bysouth (friend). About 40 guests attended the reception, held at the home of the bride's parents. Subsequently bride and bridegroom left for Sittingbourne to spend their honeymoon. The bride travelled in a dark blue costume. There were many presents.


From a statement by the last licensees 2021.


Covid has shown us that we have been blessed with overwhelming kindness, generosity and support from a handful of regulars during the lockdowns and Tier four.

Mick is sixty-six and has retired.

With the experience of covid and the loss of family, we have concluded that life is too short. We want to enjoy time with our neglected family and true friends.

We love Harvel and are going to stay living in the residential property that has been our home for many years. Our life and home is not for sale or negotiable to anyone.

We are enjoying retirement and want to enjoy the future too.

Take care, and above all stay safe.

Mick and Angie.



BISHOP Esther 1871-81+ (widow age 74 in 1881Census)

BISHOP Daniel 1891-1901+ (also blacksmith and bricklayer age 45 in 1891Census)

SMITH Frederick 1911+ (age 46 in 1911Census)

COWELL George 1913-39+ (age 53 in 1939) Chatham News

???? Mick & Angie to 2021



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