Page Updated:- Thursday, 27 April, 2023.


Earliest 1901

(Name from)

Clothworker's Arms

Open 2020+

Lower Road

Sutton Valence

01622 842589

Clothworkers Arms 2010

Above photo 2009 by Oast House Archives Creative Commons Licence.


Above photo, February 2015, kindly sent by Roy Moore.

Clothworkers Arms sign

Above sign left date unknown, sign right, September 1993.

With thanks from Brian Curtis

Clothworker's Arms sign 2015Clothworkers Arms sign 2018

Above sign left, August 2015, right 2018, and says the following:- "This house celebrates prosperous clothworker William Lambe who, during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, established a school in the village. Originally known as the Droves Rest, it took on its current name about 100 years ago.

William Lambe was born in the village in 1495 and during a successful career as a cloth merchant, he became Master of the Guild of Clothworkers. The sign shows a large needle a cotton reel besides the guild's arms featuring shearing knives and teazels used for combing wool.

With thanks from Roger Pester

Clothworker's Arms sign 2020

Above sign, 2020, kindly taken and sent by Roger Pester.

Awaiting picture of Whitbread sign. If anyone should have an image please email me, address at bottom.

Above aluminium card issued 1950. Sign series 2 number 27.

Clothworkers Arms cardClothworker's Arms card 1955

Above card issued April 1955. Sign series 5 number 16.


The "Clothworker's Arms" harks back to an old village industry. During the reign of Elizabeth I, William Lamb, a prosperous cloth-worker, established a grammar school in the village.


From an email received 26 September 2017.


I have been researching my husband’s family tree and Charles Clout (previous Licensee) is his grandfather’s brother. A lot of the family lived in the village.

From my research Charles was the beer retailer and worked there from 1901-1921. (electoral records). He is also listed in 1903 in Kelly’s Handbook records. I believe the pub was called the "Drovers Rest" before that as Charles is recorded as working there from 1899-1901.

Charles married Jane on 9 Dec 1896. She married under the name Gurr (Widow) but the Kent parish marriages state her fathers name was John Barenden.

Charles is recorded to be at Rose cottages at Langley Heath Sutton Valence in 1930-1931. He died 1938.

Tracey Bentley.


This pub is one in the list of my "Project 2014."

As such I have found a picture of the pub, but to date have no other information. 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.



Last pub licensee had CLOUT Charles & Jane (nee BENGE) 1901-21+ (age 49 & 67 in 1911Census)




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