Sort file:- Peckham East and West, March, 2024.

Page Updated:- Tuesday, 26 March, 2024.


Earliest 1828-

Bush, Blackbird and Thrush

Open 2020+

194 Bush Road

East Peckham

01622 871349

Bush Blackbird and Thrush 1959

Above photo, 1959.

Bush, Blackbird and Thrush 2010

Above photo 2010 by Oast House Archive Creative Commons Licence.

Bush, Blackbird and Thrush 2013

Above photo 2013 by Malc McDonald Creative Commons Licence.

Bush Blackbird and Thrush signBush Blackbird and Thrush sign

Above signs, date unknown, kindly sent by Roger Pester.

Bush Blackbird and Thrush sign 1993Bush, Blackbird and Thrush sign 2002

Above sign left, April 1993, sign right 2002.

With thanks from Brian Curtis

Bush, Blackbird and Thrush sign 2012Bush, Blackbird and Thrush sign 2022

Above sign left 2012, sign right 2022.

With thanks from Brian Curtis


The "Bush, Blackbird and Thrush", no-one seems to know exactly how the name came about. Bush, one might deduce, is from the old Roman sign for an inn, but where do the birds come in?

The Pigot's Directory of 1828 identified this as simply the "Bush," and all the census reports referred to it as this until the 1881 census when it was called the full name we see today of "Bush, Blackbird and Thrush."


South Eastern Gazette, 15 May, 1860.

This being a special day for the transfer of licenses, the following were granted the "Bush Inn," East Peckham, from George Bishop to Robert Russell.


South Eastern Gazette, 11 September, 1860.

Petty Sessions, Sept. 3. Before J. Savage, Esq., chairman, Lord Falmouth, the Hon. and Rev. Sir F. J. Stapleton, Bart., Col. Fletcher, W. Lee, Esq., M.P., R. Tassell, J. W. Stratford, and M. H. Dalison, Esqrs., and Capt. Cheere, R.N.)

Application for a spirit license was made by Fanny Walter, of the "Fountain," East Peckham. It was supported by Mr. Langham, of Uckfield, and opposed by Mr. Hoar, of Maidstone on behalf of Messrs. Brenchley and Co. It came out in examination that the occupier of the "Bush" was charged 6s, per barrel more for his beer, because it was a brewer’s house. The application was refused, as were also three other similar applications.


Maidstone Telegraph, 9 August 1862.


A match of cricket will be played at this place on Monday next, between eleven gentlemen of the Yalding Club and eleven gentlemen of East Peckham. From the names which appear in the list of players we have no doubt there will be some very good play. Mr. Russell of the "Bush, Blackbird, and Thrush" will cater for the clubs on this occasion.



MAY Lawrence 1828+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29

WELLS James 1832+ Pigot's Directory 1832-34

BISHOP George 1841-May/60+ (age 30 in 1841Census)

RUSSELL Robert May/1860-62+ (also farmer age 34 in 1861Census)

WALTER Mrs 1869+ Maidstone Telegraph

WATERS Edward 1871-91+ (age 75 in 1891Census)

BARTON Harry 1901-11+ (age 42 in 1911Census)

WOODLEY John Aubrey 1930-39+ (also market gardener age 55 in 1939)


Pigot's Directory 1828-29From the Pigot's Directory 1828-29

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


Maidstone TelegraphMaidstone Telegraph


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