Sort file:- Tenterden, March, 2022.

Page Updated:- Saturday, 26 March, 2022.


Earliest ????

Gardener's Arms

Closed 1917

118 High Street


Above photo, date unknown, kindly sent by Mark Davis.

Gardener's Arms

Above photo, date unknown, kindly sent by Mark Farrow.


Above photo, date unknown.

Former Gardener's Arms 2016

Above Google image, August 2016.


A popular beer house in its day at 118 High Street, it ceased trading soon after the First World War. At one time it was a fish shop, then a tea shop, and an antique shop, but is now a private residence, Quill House.


From the Courier, 13 July 1917.


The West Kent Compensation Authority met at the Sessions House, Maidstone, on Thursday. Mr. Coles Child presiding.

Mr. H. J. Bracher formally applied for the renewal of the license of the “Gardeners' Arms,” High-street, Tenterden, a beer-house owned by Messrs. Edwards and Sons, and licensed to Alfred William Field.

Mr. A. J Ellis, on behalf of the Justices, elicited from Sergt. Buss, K.C.C., that the premises were within a short distance of two other houses of superior accommodation also owned by Messrs. Edwards and Sons. The trade was a small one, and the house was not easy of supervision, because of a right-of-way owned by the next-door neighbour. The tenant was a very respectable man, but the house was not needed.

Mr. Bracher drew attention to the fact that this Committee three years renewed the license and, cross-examining witness, he elicited that there was a fair bottle and Jug trade at the house.

Addressing the Committee. Mr. Bracher pointed out that the trade was principally of a bottle and jug description of about three barrels per week.

The tenant, in his evidence, stated that his trade was principally amongst the poorer classes for supper beer, and that he had held the license about six years.

Replying to Mr Ellis, witness stated that he also carried on the business of a grocer.

The Committee refused to renew the licence.


Kent Messenger and Gravesend Telegraph, Saturday 28th July, 1917.

The licensing (Consolidation) Act, 1910.

Notice as to Sending in Claims to be treated as Persons Interested in Licensed Premises.

County of Kent, Western Division.

Notice is hereby given that the Compensation Authority for the above area having decided at their Principal Meeting held on 12th day of July, 1917, to refuse the Renewal of Licences of the premises specified below, all persons claiming to be interested in the said premises for the purpose of the payment of Compensation under the said act other than the Licensees and the Registered owner of the said premises are required to send to the Compensation Authority notice of their claims before the 20th day of August, 1917, for the purpose of enabling the Compensation Authority to ascertain in manner provided by the Licensing Rules, 1910, the persons entitled to Compensation on under the said Act in respect of the said premises.

Notice of claims, giving particulars of the interests claimed, should be sent to the Clerk of the Compensation Authority at this Office at the Sessions House, Maidstone.

"Gardeners Arms," High Street, Tenterden. Beerhouse. Alfred William Field. Registered owner Obadiah Edwards and Sons, Tenterden.

W.B. Prosser, Clerk of the Compensation Authority, Sessions House, Maidstone. Dated this 26th day of July, 1917.


Maidstone Telegraph Saturday 17th November 1917.

West Kent Licensing Committee. Compensation appointments.

Mr. Coles Child presided, on Thursday, at a meeting of this committee, at the Sessions House, Maidstone, the other members present being: Colonel J. M. Rogers, Colonel Grubb, Messrs C. Tuff, Joseph Barker, R Batchelor, P. Butt-Gow, S. Lee Smith, H. Hannem, W. A. Smith-Masters, J. H. Hay Rudton, H. J. Wood and G. Naylor with the Clerk (Mr. W. B. Prosser), and the Valuer (Mr. H. M. Cobb, of Higham).

It was the "supplemental" meeting for the awarding of compensation in respect of licences "referred" earlier in the year.


The Clerk announced that agreements had been arrived at in the following cases:-

"Gardeners' Arms" beer house, High Street, Tenterden 999 - 929 for the owners, Messrs. Obadiah Edwards and Sons,) and 70 for the tenant, (Mr. Alfred William Field.




MARSHALL Thomas 1881+ (age 70 in 1881Census)

BARNES Jane 1891+ (widow age 44 in 1891Census)

FUGGLE James 1911+ (age 64 in 1911Census)

FIELD Alfred William 1911-17 (also grocer)




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