Page Updated:- Saturday, 04 November, 2023.


Earliest 1782-


Latest 2009

(Name to)

Cranbrook Road


Chequers 1907

Above photo circa 1907. Kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Chequers 1909

Above photo circa 1909. Kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Chequers 1910

Above postcard circa 1910. Kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Chequers Inn

Above photo, date unknown.


I have only found the one instance of this pub so far from the Pigot's Directory of 1828.

The pub closed its doors in 2009.

I am informed that the pub is now (2016) called the "Goudhurst Inn."


Kentish Gazette, 20 August, 1783.

To be Sold by Private Contract, and entered upon immediately.

That good and old-accustomed Public House, known by the sign of the "Chequers," at Goudhurst, in Kent; with a new Stable, new brew house, and all other conveniences; together with another House in two tenements, and about six Acres of rich meadow land adjoining the same, now in the occupation of Mrs. Bunnett, who is going to retire from business, pleasantly situated between two Turnpike Roads; the one leading from Romney Marsh to Tonbridge; the other through the Town of Goudhurst into any part of Sussex.

Full particulars enquire of Mrs. Bunnett on the premises; or of Mr. Bunnett, Week Street, Maidstone.


Kentish Gazette, 18 September 1849.


On Saturday evening week, an inquest was held at the "Chequer’s Inn," on the body of John Reynolds, a Greenwich pensioner, who was found in the river near Broadford Mills. The deceased was a perfect stranger in the neighbourhood, and is supposed to have come for the purpose of hop-picking. There was found in the pockets of deceased the following addressee, "Mr. Chenoweth, Mr. Sayer's, 97, Wentworth-street, Whitechapel," and "Wm. Scott, 7, Miles-street, Trafalgar-road, Greenwich."

Verdict, "Found Dead."


Southeastern Gazette, 10 May 1853.

The "Chequers Inn," Goudhurst, was transferred from Mr. Russell to Charles James Andrews, late of Kenardington.


South Eastern Gazette Gazette, 6 December 1853.

The "Chequers Inn," Goudhurst, was transferred from Mr. Andrews to Mr. Leonard White, late of Biddenden.


Kentish Gazette, Tuesday 27 March 1860.


THAT by an Indenture, dated the 24th day of March, 1860, James Greenstreet, of the "CHEQUERS INN," GOUDHURST, in the County of Kent, victualler, assigned all his personal Estate and Effects unto HENRY JONES, of the parish of Lower Hardres, in the same County, farmer, and MACE GREENSTREET, of the same parish, farmer, upon Trust for the general benefit of all the Creditors of the said James Greensteeet; who shall execute the said Indenture within Six calendar months from the date thereof. And that the said Indenture was duly executed by the said James Greenstreet, and by the said Henry Jones and Mace Greenstreet, on the day of the date thereof, in the presence of, and attested by Edward Plummer, of the City of Canterbury, Solicitor, and Thomas Bunce, his clerk; and that such Indenture now lies for inspection and execution by the said Creditors at our Offices, in Canterbury aforesaid.

Dated the 26th day of March, 1860.


Solicitors to the Assignees.


Maidstone Telegraph, Rochester and Chatham Gazette, Saturday 28th July 1860.

Goudhurst. Weald of Kent Rifle Corps.

On Monday the members of the above corps, to the number of 29, met by the kind invitation of Captain Oakden, at the "Chequers Inn," and sat down to an excellent dinner provided by Mr. Farley (who has been recently taken possession of the above inn), and who gave great satisfaction up on this occasion. Capt. Oakden presided, who was supported by S. Newington, Esq. (in the chair), G. Hinds, Esq., Messrs. Jackson, Stevens, John, jun., Lambert, &c &c.

The whole passed off in the most gratifying manner.



BUNETT Henry to July/1782 dec'd

BUNNETT Mrs July/1872-Aug/73

WOOLLVEN John 1828+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29

FUGGLE William 1832-41+ (age 55 in 1841Census) Pigot's Directory 1832-34

COLLINSON Daniel 1851+ (age 31 in 1851Census)

RUSSELL Mr to May/1853

ANDREWS Charles James May-Dec/1853

WHITE Leonard Dec/1853-58+

GREENSTREET James to Mar/1860

FARLEY Stephen 1860-62+ (age 46 in 1861Census)

HAYWARD James 1861-71+ Census (Also farmer)

HUNT Richard 1871-81+ (age 26 in 1871Census)

HARRIS William 1891-1901+ (also farmer age 53 in 1901Census)

BATHGATE Thomas 1903-07+ Kelly's 1903

BURNETT Harry 1911-13+ (age 45 in 1911Census)

CAMERON Alexander 1922+

DIPROSE Lily E Mrs 1930+

GEORGE Edward 1938+


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

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


Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903


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