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Carpenter's Arms

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Crockhurst Street


Carpenter's Arms

Above photo, date unknown.

Former Carpenter's Arms 2009

Above Google image, January 2009.


I believe this pub has also been addressed as being in Tudeley.

In 2009 it was operating as an Indian Restaurant called "Turmeric Gold."


Local knowledge, further pictures, and licensee information would be appreciated.

I will be adding the historical information when I find or are sent it, but this project is a very big one, and I do not know when or where the information will come from.

All emails are answered.


From the Kent and Sussex Courier, 28 October, 1874.

Tudely. The New Licensing Act.

Mr. G. D. Warner, solicitor, made an application under the Intoxicating Liquors Act, 1872, on behalf of Thomas Bowles, of the "Carpenters' Arms," Tudely, that this house should be kept open on the 1st Monday evening in every month until 11 o'clock. It appeared that at the "Carpenters' Arms" a large Foresters' Court was held, and had been held there ever since 1866. The members met at 8 o'clock, and found it impossible to transact the whole of their business in 2 hours, and it was impossible to hold the court at an earlier hour, because many of the men lived at a distance, and were employed during the day. Although the house would have to be open to the general public, this was not Mr. Bowles' desire, which was simply to accommodate the Foresters Court.

The Bench said they would grant the licence for the first Monday in November and December, when a fresh application would have to be made.


From the Kent and Sussex Courier, Friday 23 July 1886.

By order of the trustees under the will of the late Mr. John Bowles.

To Brewers and Others. Capel, Kent, two miles and a half from Tonbridge.

Messrs. W. R. Thompsett and Son are favoured with instructions to sell by auction, at the "Rose and Crown Hotel," Tonbridge, on Tuesday, August 3rd, 1886, at 3 for half past 3 o'clock punctually, in one lot, that valuable freehold property, comprising the fully licensed inn, known as the "Carpenters Arms," well arranged for carrying on an extensive trade, and adjoining thereto a small but very compact brewery, known as the "Star Brewery," fitted with three-quarter plant, having good store room; to semi-detached cottages, blacksmiths forge, oast with a 15 foot square kiln, two-stall stable and chaff room under, an enclosed yard and cart shed.

The whole is let to Mr. T. Bowls, the Inn, with brewery, cast, &c, for a term of 21 years, four of which were unexpired on 1st April last; the cottages and forge are held under a yearly tenancy at rentals equal to 85 per annum.

Particulars and conditions of sale may be obtained at the place of sale; of Mr. T. Bowls, upon the premises; George Stenning, Esq., Solicitor, Tonbridge; and of Messrs. W. R. Thompson and Son, Auctioneers and Valuers, Stone Castle Farm, Paddock Wood, R.S.O.




BOWLES John 1858-Dec/68 (also brewer and farmer age 55 in 1861Census) Maidstone and Kentish Journal

BOWLES Thomas Dec/1868-89+ (also Farmer Employing 3 Men age 39 in 1881Census) Maidstone and Kentish Journal

PEARCE Stephen 1901+ (age 28 in 1901Census)

CAHILL Andrew 1903+ Kelly's 1903

CATT George 1913+

GOODSELL Arthur J 1918+

WELLING Henry 1922+

EASTWOOD Charles S 1930+

BETTNEY George Henry 1938-39+ (age 56 in 1939)

WHITLOCK Bill & Ann 1940s-70s


Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903


Maidstone and Kentish JournalMaidstone and Kentish Journal


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