Page Updated:- Saturday, 10 September, 2022.


Earliest 1881-

Five Bells Inn

Open 2020+

High Street

Lower Halling

01634 240523

Five Bells 1908

Above photo, 1908, kindly supplied by Rory Kehoe.

Five Bells 1909

Above photo, circa 1909, kindly supplied by Rory Kehoe. Liveried as Jude & Co. Jude became Jude, Hanbury & Co in 1876 and it looks as though their sign-writers missed this pub!

Five Bells 2016

Above photo 2016.


The building was used as the Court Lodge for the Bishop of Rochester's Manor of Halling. The building was demolished in the twentieth century and replaced by a modern building.

Halling had gas lighting introduced as early as the 1880s.

I have also seen this I believe incorrectly named the "Two Bells." The writing on the 1881 census could look like either.


South Eastern Gazette, Tuesday 15 April 1862.

County Petty Sessions.

Wednesday. Before W. H. Nicholson and J. Foord, Esq.

Edward Wood, waiter and porter to Mr. James Peters, landlord of the "Five Bells" public house, Lower Halling, was charged with stealing 14s. 6d., on the 7th inst., the property of his master.

Prosecutor said he sent prisoner on the 7th to the lime-kilns at Halling, to receive the money from the workmen when there for the previous week's beer. On his return prosecutor, without requiring the money from him, dispatched him again to the kilns, with 9 quarts of beer, and 2s. 6d. to give any change which he might require, to the men. He did not see him again until the he was in custody.

James Wooden, Benjamin Wall, William Mannering, and John Marsh, stated that they've respectively had paid prisoner on the morning of the 7th, for beer supplied by prosecutor, the sums of 9s. 6d., 2s. 6d., 1s. 7d., and 1s. 2d.

P.C. 139 apprehended prisoner on the 8th inst., at Chatham, near the "Ship" public house, when prisoner said to him, "I did come away with the money, but I meant going back again though I didn't think you would be after me so soon." Witnessed told prisoner prosecutor accused him of having stolen about 1, when he said he should think that he perhaps might have done so.

Committed for trial.



CASTLE Thomas pre 1858 Next pub licensee had

LUCHFORD James 1858+

PETERS James 1862+

MILLS Edward 1871-74+ (also coal merchant age 50 in 1871Census) ("Two Bells")

LUCHFORD Richard 1881-91+ (age 69 in 1891Census)

FRY Frederick George 1901-03+ Next pub licensee had (age 37 in 1901Census) Kelly's 1903

GOWERS Frederick George 1911-13+ (age 38 in 1911Census)

BLAKE William 1918+

FRAIR William 1938+


Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903



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