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Earliest 1792-

Blacksmith's Arms

Open 2020+

84 The Street



01233 623975

Blacksmith's Arms 1904

Above postcard 1904, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Blacksmith's Arms

Above postcard, date unknown, from Chris Cleave.

Blacksmith's Arms 2012

Above photo 2012 by Julian P Guffogg Creative Commons Licence.

Blacksmith's Arms sign 1991Blacksmith's Arms sign 1991

Above signs, July 1991.

Above with thanks from Brian Curtis


It seems that the Blacksmiths Arms was a homebrew pub, and it is possible, in the light of the following sale notice from the Kentish Post 26 March 1805, that Boys ceased brewing in 1805.


Kentish Gazette, Tuesday 27 March 1792.

To be sold by auction, by Thomas Sampson, on Wednesday the 28th of March, at 2 o'clock in the afternoon, at the sign of the "Blacksmiths Arms Inn," Willesborough (if not disposed off by private contract, of which notice will be given.)

All that large freehold Windmill, with the ground, to pair of French stones, two machines, one boulter to go by a horse, and almost new; pleasantly situated in the parish of Willesborough, 1 mile from Ashford, with a good turnpike road to Hythe, Folkestone, Canterbury, Faversham, &c.

The Mill stands well for wheats, and an extensive country for trade
Particulars may be known by applying to Richard Drowley, Willesborough.


Kentish Weekly Post or Canterbury Journal 14 January 1803.

CANTERBURY, January 14.

At the Quarter Sessions for the Eastern Division of this county, held at the "Old Castle," near this city, on Tuesday last, was tried, Thomas Davy, for stealing fowls and other articles, the property of John Matson and others, and for entering and forcing the lattice window of the pantry belonging to the dwelling-house of William Boys, the "Blacksmith's Arms," Willesborough, and stealing three bottles of red port wine, his property.

Thomas Davy was transported for 7 years.


Kent Gazette Reports 26 March 1805.

TO BE SOLD BY AUCTION, By RICHARD HAMMON, On Monday the 1st day of April, 1805.

All the Brewing Utensils, &c. of Mr. BOYS, at the "Blacksmiths' Arms," in the parish of Willesborough; consisting of a one hundred gallon copper and grate, mash tub, under back, two cool backs two work pumps, two large squares, &c. twenty beer buts, three puncheons, sundry thirty-six gallon, and other casks.

The Sale will begin at 11 o'Clock.


Kentish Weekly Post, 26th March 1805.

TO BE SOLD BY AUCTION by Richard Hammon.

On Monday the 1st day of April, 1805, ALL the Brewing Utensils, &c. of Mr. BOYS, at the Blacksmiths’ Arms, in the parish of Willesborough; consisting of a one hundred gallon copper and grate, mash tub, under back, two cool backs, two work pumps, two large squares, &c. twenty beer butts, three puncheons, sundry thirty six gallon, and other casks, &c. The sale will begin at 11 o’clock.


Kentish Weekly Post or Canterbury Journal 24 February 1809.


The Creditors of John Moore, of the "Blacksmith's Arms" public house, Willesborough, are requested to meet at the "George Inn," Ashford.

On Tuesday Next the 28th instant, at three o'clock in the afternoon.

Feb 21st, 1809.


Kentish Gazette 03 March 1857.


On Tuesday an inquest was held at the Blacksmith's Arms, on the body of a little boy seven years old, named Thomas Bull. Jesse Rolfe, labourer, stated that on the previous Sunday afternoon, he observed a boy named Edward Bayley with a gun, with which he was keeping off rooks. Several other boys were standing close to him. Ephraim Bayley went up to Edward, and tried to take the gun from him; but the latter refused to part with it. It was then on the shoulder of Edward. Suddenly it discharged and the contents went into the forehead of Thomas Bull, who fell to the ground a corpse. He died instantaneously and without a struggle. It was entirely an accident. The charge was composed of powder and shot.

Thomas Stapley having corroborated this evidence, a verdict was returned "That the deceased was accidentally shot."


Dover Express, Friday 9 February 1906.


The Mid Kent Staghounds met at the "Blacksmith's Arms," Willesborough, on Saturday morning for an outlying deer. The deer was found near Wilisborough Lees, and went away at a good pace through Hinxhill to Wye, and up the hills to Crundale. Here the pack ran into the East Kent Foxhounds, which had met that day at Penny Pot, Waltham, and both packs went on to Mystole, where they were stopped and separated. The deer was eventually taken in a cottage close to the paper mills at Chartham.



BOYS William 1803-05

MOORE John to Feb/1809

WORGER James 1840-51+ (age 69 in 1851Census)

HART John 1858-61+ (age 56 in 1861Census)

WHITEHEAD Stephen 1881+ Census

JONES William E 1891+ (age 29 in 1891Census)

HOWLAND Allan 1903+22+ (age 35 in 1901Census) Kelly's 1903

BICKER Henry 1930+

JORDAN Philip H 1938-39+ (age 37 in 1939)


Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903



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