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Earliest 1826

North Pole

Open 2014+

Red Hill

Wateringbury

01622 812721

http://www.northpolewateringbury.co.uk/

North Pole

Above photo date unknown. Permission given from John Gilham.

http://wateringbury.blogspot.co.uk/

North Pole

Above photo date unknown. Permission given from John Gilham.

http://wateringbury.blogspot.co.uk/

North Pole 2014 North Pole sign 2014

Above sign left, May 1986, sign right and photo 14 April 2014, by Roy Moore.

With thanks from Brian Curtis www.innsignsociety.com.

Noprth Pole cardNorth Pole card

Above showing the Whitbread metal Inn sign, first series No 28.

 

Following passage taken from their web site. (2014)

Past - At the top of Red Hill in an area originally known as The Heath the pub was built in 1826 by Richard Gibbon on land belonging to Matthias Prime Lucas of Wateringbury Place (The village still benefits from many of Prime Lucas innovations; he built many of the ragstone walls in the village and the church vestry, beneath which is his family vault).

Gibbon built a modern pub complex complete with the necessary stabling and coach houses to attract the traveller. He purchased the Freehold in November 1828 but sadly was unable to keep up the mortgage payments. In January 1836 the pub was sold to local brewer John Beale Jude and eventually through take-overs was owned by Whitbread's.

From 1914 until the early 1920's the licensee was Fred Cronk who then purchased Cromar which is now run as a very successful plant nursery by his grandson Martin Cronk.

(extract taken from the Rostrum, May 2011)

Present (2014) - Zoe and Lee moved into the North Pole in 2009, since moving in they have doubled the pub in size and renovated the original building to a high standard. Zoe and Lee opened the pub in October 2010 and it now sits 50 in the new restaurant and up to 74 including the pub area.

Future - Zoe and Lee have settled into their new home now and love what they have managed to achieve as a team, with such a dedicated workforce and return customers they can see a bright future for The North Pole and it has become the heart of the hill once again. With special events happening throughout the year this pub and restaurant is already getting a good reputation and the events bring the pub back to the heart of the people.

 

Standing at the top of Red Hill overlooking the village it was built in 1826. For many years the inn sign was replaced with one showing a 'North Pole' in a hop field. The North Pole was built by Richard Gibbon on land belonging to Mathias Prime Lucas of Wateringbury Place. Richard went on to buy the freehold of the land on the 4th November 1828 but the business failed to meet his expectations and it was sold to John Beal Jude in January 1836 and later came into possession of Jude Hanbury & Co.

 

Kent & Sussex Courier 20 March 1914.

MALLING PETTY SESSIONS. ALTERATIONS APPROVED.

The Bench granted the temporary transfer of the license of the "North Pole Inn," Wateringbury, from George Langridge to Frederick George Cronk.

 

 

LICENSEE LIST

LEE Thomas 1832+ Pigot's Directory 1832-34

LISTER Thomas 1851+ (also plumber age 49 in 1851Census)

BLUNT Charles 1881+ (age 47 in 1881Census)

LAMBERT Florence Elizabeth to Mar/1909

LAMBERT Charles Mar/1909+

LANGRIDGE George to Mar/1914

CRONK Frederick George Mar/1914+

 

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

CensusCensus

 

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