Page Updated Aylesford:- Monday, 06 June, 2022.


Earliest 1859-


Open 2020+

17 Rochester Road / Bush Row


01622 430331

Bush 1905

Above photo, 1905, kindly sent by Ray Newman. Showing Bertram Russell in the doorway.

Bush 2014

Above photo kindly sent by Eric Hart 2014.

Bush sign 1978Bush sign 2015

Above sign left 1978, sign right, 2015 by Tricia Francis.


This was formerly part of the Preston Hall estate. The Bush was sold to Style and Winch by H.L.C. Brassey of Preston Hall in an indenture dated 18 April 1904. The indenture included the sale of the "George," the "Pottery Arms" and the "Lower Bell" at the same time. The property was leased through Courage to Inn Kent Leisure on 27 May 1992.

South Eastern Gazette 12 September 1854.


Application was made for a new house at Aylesford, to be called the "Bush," occupied by Mrs. Elizabeth Jupp, a widow, who has been landlady of the "George" for 25 years, and is now under notice to quit from Messrs. Brenchley and Co. Mr. Monckton supported the application, and Mr. Hoar opposed it on behalf of the landlords of the "Chequers" and "George." The vast increase in the population caused by Mr. Bett's buildings and pottery, the "Bush" being nearer to the pottery than any other public-house, and no new license having been granted for about 50 years, not withstanding the increase of population, were points argued for some time. Mr. Fancett, clerk to Messrs. Brenchley and Co., denied that it was a practice of the firm to turn a woman out when her husband died, but said Mrs. Jupp had lost the trade of the house. Mr. Monckton remarked that if such was the case they had no occasion to be afraid of a poor old widow, and that he was sure they would grant the license, which the bench did with little hesitation.


From South Eastern Gazette 21 June 1859.


The members of the Good Intent Benefit Society held their fifth anniversary on Monday. The members proceeded to church at eleven o'clock, headed by flags, and the band of the Royal Engineers (the Marines having broken their engagement), after which they paraded the village, and then sat down to an excellent dinner, provided by Mrs. Jupp, of the "Bush Inn". They afterwards adjourned to a field kindly granted by Mr. J. Perrin, where various rural games and amusements were joined in, and the whole passed off in a most pleasant manner.


From the Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald, 23 June 1860.


The "Good Intent" Friendly Benefit Society held their sixth anniversary on Monday. They proceeded to church at 11, headed by a garland and flags, and the splendid band of the Royal Engineers. They afterwards paraded the village and then sat down to an excellent dinner, provided by Mrs. Jupp, of the "Bush Inn;" after which they adjourned to a field kindly granted by Mr. J. Perrin, where various rural games were joined in, and the whole passed off in a most pleasant manner.


Maidstone Telegraph, Rochester and Chatham Gazette, Saturday 28th July 1860.

Aylesford. 39th Kent Rifle Corps (Malling).

A meeting in connection with the above corps, for the involvement of members from this neighbourhood, was held at the "Bush Inn," on Thursday evening last; Captain Dalison and Ensign H. D. Wildes being present, as also E. L. Betes, Esq., who made a very practical speech.

Mr. Wildes read the regulations, and 22 persons took the oath of Allegiance.

Sergeant Shackelford, of the West Kent Militia, has been appointed drill instructor to the corps, and the drill will commence on 6th August.


From the Maidstone Telegraph, Rochester and Chatham Gazette, 15 June 1861.


On Monday last the Good Intent Benefit Society held their anniversary at the "Bush Inn." The members of the Society having disposed of the business transacted on these occasions proceeded to the parish church where an excellent sermon was preached. After the service the members, having paraded the town, sat down to a substantial dinner, provided by Mrs. Jupp in her usual style, to which ample justice was done. The morning came in wet but in the afternoon it cleared up. The excellent bands of the Maidstone Cavalry depot attended, and played a variety of airs during the afternoon gratifying every one present. The amusements were all that could be wished, and the day was spent in very social manner.


From Kent & Sussex Courier 09 August 1878.


About midday on Saturday Mr. Edmund Jupp, of the "Bush Inn," went up to his bedroom and cut his throat very severely. It is to be hoped that the injures are not dangerous. No cause is at present assigned for the commission of the rash act.



Last pub licensee had JUPP Elizabeth Sept/1855-78+ Whitstable Times

JUPP Edmund 1881-82+ (age 45 in 1881Census)

JUPP Frances Miss 1891+

BOWEN Alice 1903+ Kelly's 1903

HARRIS Bertram 1905+

ATKINS Mary Emma Mrs 1913-38+


Whitstable TimesWhitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903


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