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PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Paul Skelton

Earliest 1794-

Halfway House

Closed 2022

(Name to)

The Crossroads, Canterbury Road

Challock

01233 740258

http://www.halfwayhousechallock.co.uk/

https://whatpub.com/halfway-house

Halfway House 1910

Above postcard, circa 1910, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Halfway House

Above photo, date unknown, by permission of http://www.challock-history.org.uk/

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Above photo, date unknown, by permission of http://www.challock-history.org.uk/

Halfway House

Above photo, date unknown, by permission of http://www.challock-history.org.uk/

Haldway House

Above postcard, date unknown, by permission of http://www.challock-history.org.uk/

Halfway House

Above photo, date unknown, by permission of http://www.challock-history.org.uk/

Half Way House 1938

Above photo, 1938.

Halfway House

Above photo, date unknown, by permission of http://www.challock-history.org.uk/

Halfway House sky shot

Above sky shot, date unknown, by permission of http://www.challock-history.org.uk/

Halfway House

Above sky shot, date unknown, by permission of http://www.challock-history.org.uk/

Halfway House 2007

Above photo 2007 by Jacqui Sadler Creative Commons Licence.

Halfway House rear

Above photo, date unknown, by permission of http://www.challock-history.org.uk/

Halfway House

Above photo, date unknown, by permission of http://www.challock-history.org.uk/

Halfway House drawing

Above drawing taken from their web site. 2014.

Halfway House signhalfway House sign

Above sign left and right, date unknown.

Halfway House sign 1991Halfway House sign 2011

Above sign left July 1991. Sign right, 2011.

Halfway House 2018

Above photo April 2018, kindly taken and sent by Rory Kehoe.

Halfway House 2019

Above photo 2019, by Christie & Co.

Halfway House jug

Above jug, date unknown. Image from the Library & Museum of Freemasonry, by permission of http://www.challock-history.org.uk/

Halfway House jugHalfway House jug

Jug side views. Image from the Library & Museum of Freemasonry, by permission of http://www.challock-history.org.uk/

Challock map 1952

Above map 1952.

 

An entry in Fremlin's 1950s publication called "Where shall we go," indicated the following:- Phone number - Challock 225. Parking accommodation - 22 Coaches on Park. Lunch - Sandwiches, Tea, Coffee, Biscuits, Sweets, Ice Cream, etc. Tea - Sandwiches, tea, Coffe, Biscults, Sweets, Ice Cream, etc. Remarks - On main London - Maidstone - Canterbury to Coast road.

 

Kentish Weekly Post or Canterbury Journal, Tuesday 15th April 1794.

To be sold by auction, at the "Halfway House" near Challock Leezs, on Tuesday the 22nd day of April inst., at four o'clock in the afternoon, (unless previously disposed off by private contract.)

All those two freehold messuages or tenements, now in 3 Dwellings, with the outhouses, edifices and buildings, yards, gardens, orchard, land and premises to the same respectively belonging, situate lying and being in the parish of Challock, in the county of Kent, adjoining the said Leeze, and now in the several occupations of John Maxted, Matthew Watts, and the Widow Quested, tenants from year-to-year, at low rents.

For further particulars inquire of Messrs. Norwood and Smart attorneys, Charing.

 

Kentish Weekly Post or Canterbury Journal 22 April 1796.

To be Sold by Auction, by Richard Hammon, at the "Royal Oak Inn," in Ashford, in the county of Kent, on Wednesday the 4th day of May, between the hours of Three and Five o'clock in the afternoon, (by order of the Assignees of John Mascall, the younger, a bankrupt:-

A New-built Messuage, being a Public-house in full trade, called the "Half-Way House," with stables and suitable out-buildings, and two acres of land, more or less, thereto belonging, situate in the parish of Wye, and adjoining the turnpike road leading from Faversham to Ashford, now in the occupation of Thomas Austen.

 

Kentish Weekly Post or Canterbury Journal, Tuesday 26 April, 1796.

To be Sold By Auction, by Richard Hammon, at the "Royal Oak Inn," in Ashford, in the county of Kent, on Wednesday the 4th day of May, between the hours of 3 and 5 o'clock in the afternoon, (by order of the Assignees of John Maskell the younger, a bankrupt) the following Estates.

Lot 1:- A newly built massage, being a public house in full trade, called the "Halfway House," with stables and suitable outbuildings, 30 acres of land, more or less, thereto belonging, situate in the parish of Wye, and adjoining the turnpike road leading from Faversham to Ashford, now in the occupation of Thomas Austen.

Lot 2:- A Messuage, and a half an acre, more or less, of garden ground thereto belonging lately a public house, known at the sign of the "Three Compasses," situated on Challock Lee's, in the occupation of Richard Andrews, or his under tenants.

 

Morning Post, 13 March 1841.

HUNTING APPOINTMENTS.

The Tickham hounds on Monday, at "Halfway House," Challock.

 

West Kent Guardian 17 February 1844.

FAVERSHAM.

On Friday a serious accident happened to John Barling, huntsman of the Tickham Fox Hounds. In taking a leap the horse fell, and both the animal and his rider rolled over together. Mr. Barling's foot was entangled in the stirrup, and his spur was buried in the horse's flank. On getting up the horse kicked Mr. B. on the forehead inflicting a frightful wound, which bled profusely, much to the gratification of the hounds, which surrounded him and licked up the blood. The poor fellow was at first thought to be killed. He was carried to the "Half-Way House," Challock, and afterwards conveyed in a chaise to his father's at Lynsted, and under able medical care is doing better than was expected.

 

Maidstone Telegraph 04 April 1868.

COUNTY INTELLIGENCE. ASHFORD. PETTY THEFT.

At the Petty Sessions, on Tuesday, a young man named Alfred Pantney, a farm servant at Teynham, was committed for a week with hard labour for stealing a dog's collar, value 1s 6d, the property of a gentleman named Charles William Challoner, from the "Half Way House," Wye.

 

Canterbury Journal, Kentish Times and Farmers' Gazette, Saturday 9 March 1872.

Challock.

On June 1st, 1871, a hawker named George Riley, travelling the country with a horse and a van in which his family lived stopped at the "Halfway House," Challock and put his horse in a meadow for the night. In the morning he found it had been removed from the meadow. Subsequently it was discovered that the mare, which was valued at 14 to 15, had been thrown down a chalk pit about two miles from Chatham and killed, and the carcass sold to a knacker name Forester at Chatham. On Tuesday last a man named Amos Lee, or Amos Killick, living at Challock, was brought up on a warrant at the Ashford Police Court charged with stealing the mare. Forester and another man swore that it was Lee who sold the carcass, and the prosecutor positively identified the skin.

The prisoner was remanded till Friday, for the evidence to be completed.

 

Halfway House licensees 2013+

Above photo showing Keith and Nicola, licensees since November 2013.

From the https://www.kentonline.co.uk By Georgia Woolf, 13 July 2018.

Halfway House pub in Challock near Ashford gets one-star rating.

A village pub has been told it must improve after receiving a one-star rating from food hygiene inspectors.

The "Halfway House" in Canterbury Road, Challock, was handed the poor score by Ashford Borough Council (ABC).

Halfway House 2018

Inspectors discovered staff were not trained in food hygiene and found more attention to cleaning the floor was needed.

They also raised concerns over the lack of a documented food safety management system.

Pub owners were told the problems must be rectified by the next inspection.

Landlord Syjit Shrestha - who took over the site seven months ago - says he did not have enough time to improve the condition of the pub before the inspection in April.

He said: "Most of the problems were structural and were not to do with food hygiene as the pub was given to me in a broken way.

"We have made a lot of improvements and refurbishments since the inspection and the floor will be changed in the next couple of weeks.

"We are waiting for the council to do another inspection and I know we will get five-star next time after making these changes."

Mr Shrestha says all kitchen staff have now obtained food hygiene certificates following ABC's visit.

A follow-up inspection is due to take place at the end of July to review the establishment.

 

From the https://www.kentonline.co.uk By Georgia Woolf, 7 August 2018.

Halfway House pub in Challock near Ashford gets five-star rating.

A village pub told to clean up its act has received a five-star food hygiene rating.

Inspectors revisited the Halfway House in Canterbury Road, Challock, at the end of July to check if improvements had been made.

The pub was handed a one-star rating by Ashford Borough Council (ABC) earlier this year after inspectors discovered staff were not trained in food hygiene and found more attention to cleaning the floor was needed.

Inspectors now say the conditions have much improved since the previous visit.

Landlord Syjit Shrestha said: “I am very happy that we have managed to get our five stars back - we couldn’t show proof of paperwork during the last inspection due to management changes which marked us down.

“We have put all the extra checks in place and have made structural improvements and if customers would like to take a look at my kitchen they are more than welcome to do so.”

 

From the https://www.kentonline.co.uk By Georgia Woolf, 13 March 2019.

Halfway House in Canterbury Road, Challock, put up for sale.

A village pub has gone on the market.

The Halfway House in Canterbury Road, Challock, is being offered at 190,000 for the leasehold.

It comes after the current owner Subhash Shrestha decided to stand down to pursue other business ventures.

The prominent pub has retained original character features, including wooden beams and open fireplaces.

It has three trading areas, including the main bar and restaurant, a conservatory and a private function room and a 70-space car park.

The site can cater for up to 100 covers inside, with the garden able to accommodate up to 150 covers.

It also has a large garden and a children's playground area.

Mr Shrestha has decided to step down after running the business in the village for the past two years.

He said: "I have enjoyed the past couple of years at The Halfway House but feel the time is right to hand over the reins to a new operator who can continue trading this strong business immediately and take it to the next level.”

Last April, the pub was told it must improve after receiving a one-star food hygiene score.

Months later, inspectors from the Food Standards Agency revisited the site and gave the pub a five-star rating.

 

From the https://www.kentonline.co.uk By Georgia Woolf, 6 December 2019.

Halfway House in Canterbury Road, Challock, reopens under new ownership.

The new owners of a village pub say they are determined to restore the site to its former glory.

The Halfway House in Challock, near Ashford, has undergone a extensive refurbishment in recent weeks after Jason and Vicky Piper collected the keys to the establishment last month.

Halfway House 2019

The Halfway House in Challock has reopened following a refurbishment. Picture: Paul Amos.

The couple, who have three children and one granddaughter, have now reopened the pub in Canterbury Road.

Mrs Piper - who previously ran a clothing boutique in Whitstable high street - told KentOnline that she jumped at the opportunity to take on the pub when she found out it was on the market.

"We used to bring the kids here and used to think it had a lot of potential," she said.

"When we found out it was up for sale we thought we just had to.

"Both of our parents had pubs and my husband grew up in one. We have owned pubs before.

Jason and Vicky Piper 2019

Pub owners Jason and Vicky Piper. Picture: Paul Amos.

"We have spent a lot of money on the refurbishment - we have got people working day and night.

"We are going for a grey theme. We are going to have really nice furniture and a relaxing atmosphere.

"Our aim is to bring the village pub back to its former glory."

The pub closed on Tuesday, November 19 for one week while the interior was upgraded and new flooring was installed throughout.

It had been put on the market earlier this year 190,000 for the leasehold after former owner Subhash Shrestha decided to stand down to pursue other business ventures.

Halfway House inside 2019

Inside the pub following the refurbishment. Picture: Paul Amos.

Mr and Mrs Piper now have plans for a performance area in the pub garden and an upgraded children's play area for the summer months are also on the cards.

The menu has been reinvented with a strong focus on home-cooked food using locally sourced ingredients.

Head chef Alfred Piper, 23, said: "We will be serving classic British pub grub, locally sourced produce, all fresh, good honest food prepared well with attention.

"We are going to add influence from other parts of the world, including Turkish, Asian and American."

The pub is open from midday to 11pm seven days a week.

 

During the Covid 19 crisis of 2020, this pub was able to offer a take away service in June, possibly earlier.

I am informed that this closed in 2022, but by 2023 had reopened again, this time renamed the "Stag."

 

LICENSEE LIST

MASCALL John to 1796

AUSTEN Thomas 1796-1806 dec'd (also Blacksmith)

WARD Henry 1841+ (age 63 in 1841Census) (Halfway House, Wye)

CHITTENDEN William 1851+ (age 60 in 1851Census) (Halfway House, Wye)

CHITTENDEN Henry 1858+

HOLDER Philip 1862+

ELSE Edward 1874+

ARTER Edward 1881+ (also farmer age 70 in 1881) (Wye)

SOUTHERN Samuel W 1881-82+ (age 48 in 1881Census)

COX Charles 1891+ (age 48 in 1891Census)

VANT Richard 1901-11+ (age 57 in 1901Census) (Challock) Kelly's 1903

CULVER John 1918-30+

BUTCHER A E 1938+

COSTA Nino 2007+

???? Keith & Nicola Nov/2013+

SHRESTHA Syjit Dec/2017-18+

PIPER Jason & Vicky Nov/2019+

https://pubwiki.co.uk/HalfwayHouse.shtml

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I believe there could be some errors in the above licensee list, either on my behalf or on the census records, as some years I have two names for the same year. I believe the census records have shown this "Halfway House" to be situated in Wye and also Challock, which would suggest two with the same name. However, the entry for Edward Arter 1881, stating the Wye address, I also have the same person as licensee in that year at the "Halfway House" Barham. Definitely some anomalies here.

 

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903

CensusCensus

 

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